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Drivers gear up for GP2 Series races.

WITH the Grand Prix attracting much of the attention ahead of its return to the island next week, the GP2 Series teams are going quietly about their preparations for back-to-back races in Bahrain.

The first race, and the second of the GP2 season, will take place in support of the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir from April 20 to 22.

For the one and only time this season, teams will take the track for two successive weeks, with the third round of the campaign at the same venue on April 27 and 28.

In total there are 12 meetings on the GP2 2012 calendar and all, apart from the second race in Bahrain, will be held in support of a Grand Prix.

Heading into the first part of the Bahrain double-bill, Luiz Razia of Arden International and James Calado of Lotus GP are leading the way after each securing a win apiece at the season-opening round held in support of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur.

Razia won the feature race ahead of former GP2 Asia Series champion Davide Valsecchi, who claimed the runner-up spot for DAMS and Carlin Motorsport's Max Chilton back in third.

Calado and Esteban Gutierrez then recorded a fantastic one-two for Lotus GP in the sprint race, with Valsecchi's teammate Felipe Nasr coming in third.

DAMS come to Bahrain occupying first place on the Teams' Championship standings with 42 points, followed by Lotus GP on 37 and Arden with 31.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Geographic Code:7BAHR
Date:Apr 13, 2012
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