Palmer takes Sprint Race win at Sakhir
6 April 2014 – Jolyon Palmer made up for the disappointment of missing out on victory 24 hours ago by claiming the win in Sunday's GP2 Sprint Race in Bahrain. After battling his way into the lead, the DAMS driver fended off the attentions of fellow podium finishers Simon Trummer and Julián Leal.
As the lights turned green at the Sakhir circuit, pole-sitter Felipe Nasr suffered wheel spin and immediately dropped back, with Trummer, Palmer, Leal and Quaife-Hobbs all finding a way past into the first corner.
Palmer, who endured the same fate as Nasr in the Feature Race, took advantage of Stefano Coletti's stalled Racing Engineering machine to bolt through from sixth, and progressed to make a decisive move on Rapax rival Trummer at the beginning of the second lap.
From this point onwards, Palmer calmly controlled the gap back to Trummer and Leal, responding to any surges in pace to take the chequered flag ahead of the pair and secure the third victory of his GP2 career.
The battle for fourth place was a thrilling one, with Carlin driver Nasr – doing his best to make up for his sluggish getaway – ultimately getting the better of Rapax rival Quaife-Hobbs, who later fell behind Stéphane Richelmi.
The final points went to Mitch Evans and René Binder following what was another entertaining tussle.
With Saturday race winner Stoffel Vandoorne failing to score in 22nd after being forced to stop for a new front wing in the early stages, Palmer moves into the lead of the championship on 38 points, 10 ahead of Leal.
The second round of the GP2 campaign takes place in Barcelona on the weekend of May 10-11