Sergio Perez takes maiden win in Bahrain Sprint Race The youngest driver of the GP2 Asia Series makes history and becomes the first Mexican to win a GP2 race. Starting from pole position on the reversed grid today, the GP2 debutant Sergio...
Sergio Perez takes maiden win in Bahrain Sprint Race
The youngest driver of the GP2 Asia Series makes history and becomes the first Mexican to win a GP2 race.
Starting from pole position on the reversed grid today, the GP2 debutant Sergio Perez at Barwa International Campos Team managed to lead from the start to the chequered flag. He had to cope with pressure from Durango's Valsecchi who reduced the 2 second average gap in the last stages of the race, but Perez hold his own and claimed his first win.
With Giedo Van der Garde failing to get away for the formation lap, Davide Valsecchi in fourth place had thus a clean track in front of him for the start and took advantage of the situation to come out of the first corner in second position, with Nico Hulkenberg behind him. The Italian tried to stay as close as possible to the Campos man, but if Valsecchi had a quicker pace towards the last laps, he never could get close enough to really try to go for the win.
As Perez kept a steady gap between him and his closest rival, it was Jerome d'Ambrosio who made the show: starting from seventh on the grid, he dropped to eighth after a relatively poor start. However, the Dams ace displayed outstanding driving skills, passing first his teammate Kamui Kobayashi, then Earl Bamber, Roldan Rodriguez - who was struggling with his tyres, Javier Villa five laps later and finally Nico Hulkenberg on the very last lap. He crossed the finish line in a well-deserved third position. Hulkenberg finished fourth ahead of Javier Villa. Championship leader and feature race winner Kamui Kobayashi grabbed the last point, finishing sixth of the event.
After this first round, Kamui Kobayashi is now leading Davide Valsecchi by 24 points to 34, ahead of Roldan Rodriguez just 2 points behind the Durango driver. The best performer of the weekend, Jerome d'Ambrosio is now fourth with Javier Villa and Sergio Perez behind him on both 10 points.