First win for Dillmann

In a thrilling sprint race in Bahrain Tom Dillmann took his first ever GP2 Series victory, leading from start to finish.  He made a fantastic start from pole position, pulling out a lead over Marcus Ericsson.  Also having a good start was Luiz Razia, who rose from 5th to 3rd.  At turn 1 Esteban Gutiérrez and Giedo van der Garde had a coming together, causing van der Garde to spin and drop down to 22nd, having started 6th on the grid.

Ericsson soon came under pressure from Razia, who passed the Swedish driver on lap 3.  Ericsson then had Rio Haryanto on his tail who passed him when Ericsson ran wide, before being passed by Gutiérrez on lap 6.  Gutiérrez then closed the gap between himself and Haryanto, and passed him for 3rd position a lap later.  Ericsson kept slipping down the field, as Davide Valsecchi passed him on lap 8, as did Felipe Nasr on lap 11.  Valsecchi was then able to get passed Haryanto, before closing in on Gutiérrez and passing him on lap 17.

Toward the end of the race Dillmann's rear tyres were worn, causing Dillmann to slide across the track, and allowing Razia to reduce the gap between them.  Despite being all over the back of Dillmann, Razia was unable to pass the French driver, who won by less than 2-tenths of a second, with Valsechhi finishing 3rd.  The fastest lap was set by Jolyon Palmer, who finished 22nd.

Results of the Bahrain Sprint Race

1. Tom Dillmann 41:16.276
2. Luiz Razia +0.198
3. Davide Valsecchi +3.958
4. Esteban Gutiérrez +16.488
5. Felipe Nasr +18.602
6. Rio Haryanto +20.425
7. Marcus Ericsson +26.294
8. Fabio Leimer +29.605
9. Fabio Onidi +33.490
10. Nathanaël Berthon +34.078
11. Nigel Melker +43.463
12. James Calado +44.371
13. Max Chilton +46.743
14. Julián Leal +47.439
15. Rodolfo González +54.991
16. Brendon Hartley +59.764
17. Stéphane Richelmi +1:00.655
18. Stefano Coletti +1:02.090
19. Giedo van der Garde +1:02.632
20. Ricardo Teixeira +1:07.468
21. Giancarlo Serenelli +1:08.293
22. Jolyon Palmer +1:18.688
23. Fabrizio Crestani +1:26.049
24. Simon Trummer1 Retired
R. Dani Clos Retired
R. Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Retired

1 Simon Trummer classified as he completed 90% of the race winner's distance

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