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The DAMS Team won this morning’s Asian Series GP2 Championship race on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Japanese Kamui Kobayashi starting from third on the grid went straight into the lead, which he held for the 22 laps of the race. The 10 points he scored puts him into 7th place in the drivers’ standings.

Jérôme d’Ambrosio was unable to start because of a mechanical problem. A water hose fastener broke on his warm up lap and he had no choice but to retire. Thanks to the 6 points he scored yesterday he is in 10th place overall in the drivers’ championship.

DAMS, which broke its duck by scoring 16 points in this weekend’s round of the Asian GP2 Series, is now in 6th place in the teams’ classification. The next event is in 2 weeks’ time in Bahrain.

Eric Boullier, team manager: “We’re delighted for the team and for Kamui as winning a race is always very satisfying. He made a blinding start and drove superbly, opening up a comfortable lead and then controlling the race. We’re obviously unhappy for Jérôme who was unable to start. For sure, he would have been fighting for a place on the podium. We can’t wait to go to Bahrain for the next race where we should again show our potential with our two drivers. Bravo to the whole team who’ve done a marvellous job this weekend.”

Kamui Kobayashi
3rd on the grid, victory

“I’m very happy with my first victory in the Asian GP2 Series. I made a great start and I managed to get to the front in the first corner. Then, I pushed to pull out a small lead over the cars behind me. After that I lifted off slightly to nurse my tyres. We’ve done a great job in Malaysia and scored a bagful of points. Our season’s really begun this weekend.”

Today the DAMS team put on a bravura performance on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia in the 5th round of the Asian Series GP2 Championship. The team read the difficult weather conditions perfectly and its strategy paid off. Jérôme d’Ambrosio started from eighteenth on the grid and finished on the podium in 3rd place, while his team-mate, Kamui Kobayashi, saw the flag in fifth.

Jérôme and Kamui will start from 6th and 4th places on the grid for tomorrow’s short race. Weather conditions are again uncertain. The team is determined to take advantage of the slightest opportunity and score more than today’s 10 points.

Eric Boullier, team manager: “Since the start of the championship we’ve known that we’ve got the potential to fight at the front, but for different reasons we were not been able to capitalise on our efforts in the first two meetings. Today, we’ve shown our true level of competitiveness. I want to congratulate the whole team for the great job they’ve done as well as our drivers who made no mistakes in very tricky conditions; the engineers who reacted like lightning and the mechanics who carried out perfect refuelling stops. Tomorrow’s aim is clear; a points finish for both cars and hopefully another podium!”

Jérôme d’Ambrosio
18th in qualifying, 3rd in the race, 6th on tomorrow’s grid

“What a race! After missing out in several rounds because of the mechanical problems that have hamstrung me since the start of the championship, I was able to turn things around by finishing on the podium today. It’s a great morale booster. It was a tough race. I didn’t make any mistakes and knew when to push at the right moment. The team reacted perfectly to the track conditions and my refuelling stop went off like clockwork. What’s really good is that this result owes nothing to chance. It’s above all the fruit of perfectly-executed team work.”