Bird hangs on to secure victory

By on Sunday, April 21, 2013

GP2 Media Service

Sam Bird secured the first GP2 victory for Russian Time after a thrilling finale to the Sprint race in Bahrain.

Bird took the lead from pole sitter and team-mate Tom Dillmann early on and established a comfortable lead over Stefano Coletti, who also quickly usurped Dillmann.

Felipe Nasr dispatched with Dillmann but the leading trio soon spread out as the race progressed.

But as the race neared its conclusion Bird begun to struggle with his tyres, allowing Coletti and Nasr to close in during the final two laps.

Coletti ran wide on the penultimate lap, leaving Nasr as Bird's only challenger.

The duo scrapped on the final lap with Bird defending all the way to the line, securing the win by hundredths of a second.

Coletti had a scrappy final lap but hung on to third place.

Dillmann finished in fourth, ahead of James Calado, who triumphed in a five way battle for fifth.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs had been leading that particular group but he struggled with his tyres, slipping to eighth place behind Jolyon Palmer and Daniel Abt.

Feature race winner Fabio Leimer finished in ninth place.

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