Yesterday’s poleman crossed the finish line first after an eventful race.
Dams’ Kamui Kobayashi stormed to the win in today’s Dubai feature race after he dominated the first part of the event.
He then lost the lead after a late pitstop to Vitaly Petrov and was later passed by Roldan Rodriguez, but a strong drive and great overtaking manoeuvres put him back on the top spot and the Japanese ace claimed his first victory of the season. Behind Kobayashi, the fight for the second place was fierce.
When the lights went off, Durango’s Davide Valsecchi blitzed his way from fifth to second, quickly followed by Rodriguez. Both men passed Sakon Yamamoto and Vitaly Petrov in the process. Rodriguez put great pressure on Valsecchi, but the Italian managed to hold him off while Kobayashi pulled away.
However, the Durango racer lost positions after his mandatory pitstop. It was Campos’ Petrov who inherited second place and then first place once Rodriguez and Kobayashi observed their pitstop.
The Russian eventually entered the pits just as Nunes and Buurman violently collided. Both men were fighting for 6th place. Petrov rejoined just ahead of a slow Kobayashi who later was also passed by Rodriguez.
However, the Japanese finally picked up the pace and in a matter of two laps he retook the lead through sensational moves on both Rodriguez and Petrov. The Campos man then struggled with degradation on his left front tyre meaning that he dropped to fifth with Rodriguez, Valsecchi and Van der Garde passing him. A late great charge took Valsecchi ahead of Rodriguez for second place.
Kamui Kobayashi took the chequered flag with a comfortable 14 second gap on his closest rival. Valsecchi finished second ahead of Rodriguez, iSport’s Van der Garde, Vitaly Petrov, Sergio Perez on the second Campos car. Belgian Jérôme d’Ambrosio finished 7th, in front of Sakon Yamamoto who made a poor start followed by a mistake on the second lap.
He will start from pole in Saturday’s sprint race.
Kamui Kobayashi also signed the fastest laptime in a 1:43.079, scoring the bonus point which, together with the two points from pole position and the 10 points from victory, places him in first place in the drivers’ championship with 22 points, 3 more than Rodriguez. Davide Valsecchi is third with 15 points.
Dubai – Race 1
1. Kamui Kobayashi Dams
2. Davide Valsecchi Durango
3. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet GP
4. Giedo Van der Garde GFH Team iSport
5. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Int. Campos Teams
6. Sergio Perez Barwa Int. Campos Team
7 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams
8. Sakon Yamamoto ART Grand Prix
9. Javier Villa Super Nova Racing
10. Luiz Razia Trust Team Arden
11. Renger van Der Zande Trust Team Arden
12. James Jakes Super Nova Racing
13. Giacomo Ricci DPR
14. Fabrizio Crestani Ocean Racing Technology
15. Michael Herck DPR
16. Alberto Valerio Trident Racing
17. Michael Dalle Stelle Durango
18. Kevin Nai Chia Chen Fisichella Motor Sport Int.
19. Pastor Maldonado ART Grand Prix
20. Earl Bamber My Qi-Meritus.Mahara
21. Andreas Zuber Fisichella Motor Sport Int.
Fastest lap time: Kamui Kobayashi (Dams): 1:43.079 on lap 25
Not Classified Driver Team
Yelmer Buurman Ocean Racing Technology
Diego Nunes Piquet GP
Chris Van der Drift Trident Racing
Alex Yoong My Qi-Meritus.
Mahara Hamad Al Fardan GFH Team iSportClick here for the Official Fisichella Motorsport web site - designed and built by Racecar