Kamui Kobayashi's status as GP2 Asia title favourite is continuing to go from strength to strength after he snatched pole position for the second round of series in Dubai.

The Japanese rider endured a tough maiden year in the summer GP2 Series, but has hit the ground running during both post-season testing and in the Asia Series to rapidly emerge as currently the GP2 driver to beat.

It was good form he was able to maintain into the latest round of GP2 Asia, the DAMS driver going second fastest in free practice before snatching pole position off countryman Sakon Yamamoto in the closing stages of qualifying.

"I'm really happy with my pole position," Kobayashi, who lost a win in China when he spun out of the lead, said. "It's important, all the more so as my main rivals in the championship are several places behind me. I'm fully concentrated on my main objective, winning tomorrow's long race. It won't be easy. The weather seems good for the moment and the car suits me down to the ground. So I'm ready, and I'm going to give my all."

Team-mate Jerome d'Ambrosio, meanwhile, was less impressed with Kobayashi when he was baulked by him coming out of the final corner. Nonetheless, the Belgian is confident of a good result from tenth o the grid.

"It all began well with the fourth quickest time in free practice. But in qualifying on my last flying lap Kamui was on my line in the last corner and he didn't see me. I lost vital tenths and as the times are very close I couldn't do better than tenth. But there are several overtaking spots here on the Dubai circuit, and I'm going to push to climb up through the field. I'll do everything in my power to get near the rostrum."



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