Davide Valsecchi in the GP2 points again at Monaco

Davide Valsecchi followed up his feature race victory on Friday with more GP2 Main Series points in Saturday's Monaco sprint race.

The Italian, who earned a first ever win for Hingham's Team Air Asia, came home fifth after the 30-lap race to cement his drivers' title challenge.

'I am very happy with the car and the team this weekend,' said Valsecchi. 'We have been very competitive and had some great results. We gained fifth position early on and collected two more points.

'I made a mistake when I passed Max Chilton, so I am a little frustrated with myself, but otherwise our aim to be top five in the championship has been realised after just three races. Bring on Valencia.'

Top sprint race performer for Norfolk's contingent was Luca Filippi, who brought Griston's Super Nova fourth place. His team-mate Fairuz Fauzy ended the day 10th.

Team principal David Sears said: 'It is very pleasing to have two cars finish in the top 10 here in Monaco, especially with the speed shown by Luca in particular and I think we may have had another podium had Luca's start not been obstructed by a stalled car.

'Fairuz moved forwards, as he usually does in the races to take a commendable 10th position. After a disappointing qualifying performance to avoid all incidents on track and move upwards in both races is pretty much all we could have asked for in Monaco.'

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Carleton Rode outfit Isport endured a terrible weekend, and Sam Bird's 13th position at the flag would have done little to improve it, while Marcuss Ericsson saw his race end in a Monaco wall.

Attleborough racer Rodolfo Gonzalez brought his Trident car over the line 14th, with Team Air Asia's Luiz Razia had to endure more bad luck before finishing lapped in 20th.

Group Lotus-backed ART saw Jules Bianchi come home a disappointing 19th.

• Current standings – drivers' championship: 1 Romain Grosjean (Dams) 23 points, 2 Sam Bird (Isport) 23, 3 Charles Pic 22, 4 Davide Valsecchi (Team Air Asia) 21, 5 Giedo van der Garde (Barwa) 21; 9 Luca Filippi (Super Nova) 9; 12 Marcus Ericsson (ISport) 8; 14 Fairuz Fauzy (Super Nova) 3; 16 Luiz Razia (Team Air Asia) 3. Teams: 1 Barwa 43, 2 Isport 31, 3 Team Air Asia 24, 4 Dams 23; 6 Trident Racing 14; 7 Super Nova 12; 10 Lotus ART 8.

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