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Lights-To-Flag Win For Van Der Garde In GP2 Finale In Singapore

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Giedo van der Garde - Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service

Giedo van der Garde ended the 2012 GP2 Series season on a high with a lights-to-flag victory in the Singapore sprint race.

The Dutchman led away from the reverse grid pole position and was never headed as the Caterham man claimed his second victory of the season. Marcus Ericsson remained close throughout though, crossing the line 1.7 seconds behind.

Felipe Nasr would have had hopes of a breakthrough maiden win starting third on the grid but got a terrible getaway, allowing fellow Brazilian Luiz Razia into third. The 2012 series runner-up held the place for almost the entire race before being passed by Fabio Leimer on the final lap – the Swiss driver repeating his third place from the feature race to complete a fine weekend.

Right behind Razia was his season-long rival and newly-crowned champion Davide Valsecchi, who held off the efforts of Esteban Gutierrez to finish fifth. The battle between those two had particular importance due to the battle in the teams’ championship between DAMS and Lotus GP, which Valsecchi’s result helped to settle in the former’s favour. His teammate Nasr fought back from his nightmare start to finish on Gutierrez’ tail in seventh and make sure of DAMS’ maiden teams’ title triumph.

Stefano Coletti finished a difficult season with the final point in eighth ahead of Johnny Cecotto, who had dropped to last when he served a drive-through penalty for knocking Jolyon Palmer out of the race. James Calado had a good run to tenth to complete his impressive rookie season, considering he’s been in hospital over the weekend with food poisoning.

Feature race winner and newly-confirmed Marussia reserve Max Chilton struggled terribly for pace, finishing all the way down in 19th place.

Mechanics were still working on Sergio Canamasas’ car on the grid after the time limit and he was therefore handed a drive-through penalty but the Spaniard, running in a decent seventh place, did not come in to serve it. He was subsequently black-flagged, but again refused to come in to the pits. He eventually came in after developing a problem with the car, but was still oblivious to the fact he had been black-flagged despite his Lazarus team informing him via the pit-board as well as the radio.

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