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Asia: Abu Dhabi II: iSport race 1 report

Car 16: Oliver Turvey (GBR) P1 Car 17: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) P2 iSport charge to 1-2 finish as Turvey takes maiden victory in Abu Dhabi...... iSport are celebrating their first ever 1-2 finish this evening as British rookie Oliver Turvey took...

Car 16: Oliver Turvey (GBR) P1
Car 17: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) P2

iSport charge to 1-2 finish as Turvey takes maiden victory in Abu Dhabi......

iSport are celebrating their first ever 1-2 finish this evening as British rookie Oliver Turvey took his first ever GP2 victory at the Yas Marina Circuit closely followed by Championship leader and team mate Davide Valsecchi.

Turvey stormed into the lead, passing pole sitter Charles Pic into the first corner with Valsecchi following him shortly after in a bold move on the long back straight. It was tight at the front with several cars all line astern up until the mandatory pit stops. After two swift tyre changes by the iSport pit crew Turvey and Valsecchi both returned to the action in first and second positions. With Turvey on colder tyres there were a few tense moments as his more experienced team mate piled on the pressure. After a short trip off track both iSport cars remained in position to hold off competition from ART driver Jules Bianchi. A brief safety car period only added to the tension in the closing stages but iSport duo Oliver Turvey and Davide Valsecchi made perfect re-starts to cross the finish line together to take iSport's first ever 1-2 finish in GP2 with Valsecchi taking fastest lap.

Oliver Turvey

"It's been incredible all weekend. It's great for everyone in the team to get a 1-2 and also for the Racing Steps Foundation who I have to thank because without their support I wouldn't be racing here today on the top step of the podium. The start went really well, 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".

Davide Valsecchi

"After qualifying I had some pain in my ribs so before the race I had to make an injection to stop the pain. So I was thinking this was not a good race for me but I knew after the start my car was incredibly fast. I almost reached first position, anyway we finished second behind Turvey. Our car was the best and we made a good pit stop, we were incredibly quick it was perfect. I set also, three laps from the end the fastest lap so it's perfect, we scored nine points and it's good for the championship".

-source: isport

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Series GP2
Drivers Davide Valsecchi , Oliver Turvey , Charles Pic , Jules Bianchi