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Turvey triumphs at Abu Dhabi

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Oliver Turvey continued another weekend of firsts in the Abu Dhabi feature race today, sealing his maiden victory despite almost taking out himself and iSport team-mate Davide Valsecchi in the process.

Pole man Charles Pic made a poor start and was immediately jumped by Turvey, while Vasecchi found a way past near the end of the first lap. A few laps later Jules Bianchi and Javier Villa were in hot pursuit of the Frenchman. It got worse for Pic – he got jumped by both after his pitstop.

As Bianchi pulled a blinding move off around the outside of the last turn on Villa, Luca Filippi, who had started way back on the grid was closing in on Pic. An aggressive move to pass however went wrong and Pic was sent spinning into the run-0ff zone, dropping him way down the order and effectively ending any hopes of scoring points.

Meanwhile out front the iSport team-mates were duelling for the lead – Turvey came out of the pits marginally in front of Valsecchi, and immediately the Italian was on the attack. He got a run on Turvey around the outside ot Turns 11, 12 and 13, but the two made contact and took a brief trip into the run-off. Valsecchi got his way however and took first – but not for long. Turvey swept around the outside of him and regained the lead at the penultimate corner, and by now Bianchi and co. had caught up again.

Alberto Valerio‘s stranded Coloni triggered a Safety Car that bunched the pack up with only a handful of laps remaining – but it didn’t cause Turvey any problems – his restart was good and was able to fend off his team-mate for the remainder of the race. Bianchi and Villa held onto 3rd and 4th places, but Filippi’s car came to a halt halfway through the final lap, promoting Giacomo Ricci to 5th and Alexander Rossi to 6th, despite starting dead last on the grid.

“The start went really well,” said Turvey. “I got a great start and I was first into turn one and from then on I knew I had a good chance to win the race. We had good pace throughout the race, the car was really fantastic. The pit stop went well, Davide and I got very close straight after when I was on cold tyres but once they were up to temperature it was fine and it was a fantastic race.”

However several drivers had races to forget about. Marcus Ericsson almost had 8th and pole position for tomorrow’s Sprint race, but an overtaking move gone wrong by Michael Herck broke the former’s suspension and handed the last point to Max Chilton instead.

Another driver who was not having the best of times was Sergio Perez. He had made it up to 6th before pitting – but stalled and had to come back into the pits again. He finished 9th, but he was handed a 25 second penalty post-race for ignoring yellow flags and subsequently dropped down to 12th in the final results.

Pos  Driver                Team            Time/Gap
 1.  Oliver Turvey         iSport      1h04m55.310s
 2.  Davide Valsecchi      iSport          + 0.618s
 3.  Jules Bianchi         ART             + 2.589s
 4.  Javier Villa          Arden           + 7.372s
 5.  Giacomo Ricci         DPR            + 10.559s
 6.  Alexander Rossi       Meritus        + 13.718s
 7.  Michael Herck         DPR            + 19.800s
 8.  Max Chilton           Ocean          + 24.395s
 9.  Josef Kral            Super Nova     + 27.457s
10.  Charles Pic           Arden          + 33.726s
11.  Will Bratt            Coloni         + 34.300s
12.  Sergio Perez          Addax          + 51.285s*
13.  Vladimir Arabadzhiev  Rapax        + 1m05.390s
14.  Luca Filippi          Meritus      + 1 lap/DNF
15.  Alberto Valerio       Coloni           + 1 lap
16.  Plamen Kralev         Trident          + 1 lap
17.  Marcus Ericsson       Super Nova  + 3 laps/DNF


     Fabio Leimer          Ocean       27 laps
     Giedo van der Garde   Addax       25 laps
     Daniel Zampieri       Rapax       23 laps
     Dani Clos             Trident     9 laps
     Christian Vietoris    DAMS        7 laps
     Sam Bird              ART         4 laps
     Edoardo Piscopo       DAMS        0 lap

*25s penalty applied
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