Franck Perera won a sensational super final at Ordos in China for Bordeaux, overcoming early leader Yelmer Buurman (AC Milan) in a thrilling five-lap race.
Perera started from the wrong slot on the grid, taking FC Porto driver Earl Bamber's position of sixth instead of fifth. That was not such a bad thing, as poleman Max Wissel (FC Basel) was taken out at the first corner by Ben Hanley (Olympiacos), who appeared to totally miss his braking point. Both GU Racing cars were out on the spot, while points leader Davide Rigon (Anderlecht) spun in sympathy.
That left Buurman in the lead, and he finished the first lap 1.8 seconds clear of Bamber and Perera. Buurman was clearly struggling for pace, however, as Bamber reeled him in, but as he tried to attack on lap three, Perera jumped ahead of Bamber at Turn 16 to snatch second.
A fantastic sequence of side-by-side racing then unfolded between the three cars, who slowed themselves up so much that Rigon, who was 8s down on lap two, was right in the mix by lap four!
Perera passed Buurman for the lead at Turn 2 on lap four, and scampered away to victory. Bamber took second from Buurman three corners later, and Rigon also nipping past as Buurman coasted to the finish with a technical problem.
The results remain provisional as the stewards are deciding what to do about the start, as Perera and Bamber were in the wrong positions.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Franck Perera Girondins de Bordeaux 7m50.157s
2. Earl Bamber FC Porto + 2.840s
3. Davide Rigon RSC Anderlecht + 3.906s
4. Yelmer Buurman AC Milan + 1m07.125s
Ben Hanley Olympiacos 0 laps
Max Wissel FC Basel 0 laps