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╗ ASIA SERIES, DUBAI - KOBAYASHI SVETTA IN GARA 1, ANNULLATA GARA 2

Friday, Kamui Kobayashi made it clear that he is the man to beat this year. The Japanese driver started from pole and gave DAMS its first victory this season's Asian GP2 Series plus the fastest lap in the race: the French team now leads the championship. JÚr˘me d'Ambrosio also put on a good performance to finish seventh.

It looked on the cards in free practice and qualifying. The hard work done by DAMS since the Shanghai race bore fruit in Dubai. The team converted its Thursday pole into a victory winning this weekend's main race and also confirmed its status as title favourite. The French squad's scintillating form was underlined by JÚr˘me d'Ambrosio's points-scoring seventh place after he started from the fifth row.

Kobayashi was full of confidence after his pole position yesterday and left his rivals no chance in today's long race. He took the chequered flag with 14 secs in hand over the second-placed finisher. The promise he showed in China was brilliantly confirmed in Dubai, and he is now the man to beat in the championship. In the overall classification he leads Roldan Rodriguez by 3 points and David Valsecchi by seven.

This result confirms the DAMS team's role as favourite for the 2008-09 title. Despite a late pit stop that dropped him back Kobayashi was so much quicker than his rivals on the Dubai circuit that he seemed to be on another planet.

Eric Boullier, team manager: "Champagne time! It's a huge satisfaction for the whole team. After two victories last season we've opened our score thanks to Kamui. He dove a great race and he's now leading the championship. It's logical and well deserved. "

Kamui Kobayashi: "I'm over the moon! The car was perfectly set up and I was able to go flat out. I came out of the pits behind Petrov and Rodriguez but I just felt so much at ease that I was able to pass them without problems. Things are going well. This win puts me in the championship lead and now I feel confident in my capacity to battle for the title."

Cosý all'arrivo di Gara 1 (Feature Race):

1. Kamui Kobayashi - DAMS - 34 giri
2. Davide Valsecchi - Durango - a 14.378
3. Roldan Rodriguez - Piquet GP - a 15.540
4. Giedo van der Garde - iSport - a 19.403
5. Vitaly Petrov - Campos - a 27.541
6. Sergio Perez - Campos - a 29.034
7. JÚr˘me d'Ambrosio - DAMS - a 34.012
8. Sakon Yamamoto - ART - a 36.080
9. Javier Villa - Super Nova - a 52.219
10. Luiz Razia - Arden - a 56.955
11. Renger van der Zande - Arden - a 58.743
12. James Jakes - Super Nova - a 1'02.217
13. Giacomo Ricci - DPR - a 1'02.854
14. Fabrizio Crestani - ORT - a 1'14.074
15. Michael Herck - DPR - a 1'34.638
16. Alberto Valerio - Trident - a 1'41.946
17. Michael Dalle Stelle - Durango - a 1 giro
18. Kevin Nai Chia Chen - FMSI - a 1 giro
Non classificati
Pastor Maldonado - ART - a 4 giri
Earl Bamber - Qi-Meritus - a 4 giri
Andreas Zuber - FMSI - a 4 giri
Yelmer Buurman - ORT - a 19 giri
Diego Nunes - Piquet - a 19 giri
Chris van der Drift  - Trident - a 21 giri
Alex Yoong - Qi- Meritus - a 30 giri
Hamad Al Fardan - iSport - a 31 giri

La seconda gara del week-end, in programma per sabato mattina, Ŕ stata annullata a seguito delle forti piogge che hanno reso inagibile il circuito. Il prossimo round della GP2 asia Series Ŕ fissato per il 24 gennaio 2009 in Bahrain.

Data: 07 dic 2008 (22:49)