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Asia: Shanghai: Earl Bamber weekend summary

BAMBER SECOND IN GP2 FEATURE IN CHINA Fast-rising young New Zealand racing driver Earl Bamber has had a strong start to his 2008/09 GP2 Asia Series campaign with second place in the feature race at the China Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting in ...

BAMBER SECOND IN GP2 FEATURE IN CHINA

Fast-rising young New Zealand racing driver Earl Bamber has had a strong start to his 2008/09 GP2 Asia Series campaign with second place in the feature race at the China Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting in Shanghai on Sunday.

Fresh from his podium finish in the rain for A1 Team.NZL in The Netherlands a fortnight ago the 18-year-old from Wanganui proved just as competitive in his GP2 class debut in China, qualifying his My Team Qi-Meritus.Mahara ninth and starting Sunday's 120km feature race from P3 on the second row of the grid after finishing sixth in his debut race in the category on Saturday.

My Team Q1-Meritus.Mahara teammate, Malaysia's former Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong, qualified 23rd and finished the first race 14th and Sunday's feature race ninth.

Meanwhile, the other Kiwi driver in the race, recently crowned European Formula Master champion Chris van der Drift originally from Hamilton - qualified 16th, finishing the first race seventh and the second race fourth.

Sunday's feature race, a 120 km sprint held just before the Formula 1 race for which McLaren's Lewis Hamilton claimed pole, was won by Italian Davide Valsecchi who finished Saturday's race in eighth place and started the feature from pole courtesy the second race's reverse top eight format.

Bamber quickly dispatched van der Drift, who started the race second, on the first lap, and spent the rest of the 120km sprint race chasing poleman Valsecchi.

The result is that Bamber heads to the second round of the 2008/09 GP2 Asia Series at Dubai in the UAE in December fourth overall with eight points behind the weekend's poleman and first race winner, Spaniard Roldan Rodriguez (13 points), fellow Spaniard Javier Villa (10), and top Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi (9).

-credit: eb

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Series GP2
Drivers Alex Yoong , Lewis Hamilton , Kamui Kobayashi , Davide Valsecchi , Chris van der Drift , Earl Bamber , Javier Villa