Filippi takes first Meritus win in Bahrain
13 March 2010 – After a bittersweet weekend in Abu Dhabi last time out, Luca Filippi delivered a superb performance to clinch the first race victory for the Meritus team from pole position in Bahrain on Saturday. The Italian did not escape without a fight, however, and defended the lead for the duration of the race from compatriot Davide Valsecchi's Champion iSport car.
Pic on the other hand tried to recover from his poor start with an earlier pit-stop and passed the exit of the pitlane right after Valsecchi came back out from his tyre stop. The two men ran alongside in Turn 1, but the iSport man fended off Pic's attacks well and kept the advantage.
Though Vietoris had to retire, DAMS will take comfort in the fact that Edoardo Piscopo took eighth today and hence will start from tomorrow's pole position. But all eyes will be turned towards Filippi and Ricci who will be fighting for second and third place of the Series. Tonight, after a perfect weekend made of a pole position, a win and a fastest lap, Filippi passed his countryman in the drivers' standings 29 points on 23. If everything goes well for them, and with Valsecchi already crowned, the third edition of the GP2 Asia Series is looking at an all-Italian top three.