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Brilliant comeback drive by Jolyon Palmer nets first GP2 points finish in Bahrain
Southwater racer makes up 18 places from back of the grid following engine failure
Jolyon Palmer produced a brilliant drive during the second GP2 race in Bahrain last weekend, gaining 18 places from his start position to finish seventh and collect his first points finish of the season.
The 21-year-old iSport driver cruelly suffered an engine failure and subsequent retirement before the start of race one, having qualified in 12th place. The grid for the second race is determined by the finishing order in race one, so Palmer was forced to start from the back of the field at a circuit where overtaking is notoriously difficult.
As the second race got underway on Sunday, Palmer made a remarkable charge through the 26 car field, and soon found himself in P16. By the halfway stage he was lying inside the top 10 with 12 laps left to go.
The Southwater racer continued to push in the closing stages of the race to gain a further three positions, including a superb overtake on Caterham driver Giedo Van Der Garde into Turn 1 to claim an incredible 7th place and his first points finish of the 2012 campaign.
Speaking afterwards Jolyon said: “Starting from the back of the grid I kept my head down in the early stages and tried to pick off as many people as I could. I used my tyres a lot in the early phase but I was able to save them a bit in the middle whilst I was behind a queue of cars. As the race went on I picked off another group and ended P7 with some nice moves throughout the race. It is slightly frustrating knowing that with the pace we had we could have been on the podium if we had started where we should have but at least we know we are in a good position for next weekend."
Indeed, Jolyon is eager to continue his strong pace when the 2012 GP2 Series returns to Bahrain next weekend for rounds five and six, and is targeting podium finishes.