The 31 lap Feature Race started under cloudy skies with a possibility of rain later and as the lights went off Fabio Leimer made a superb start from 5th on the grid taking 2nd place as the cars braked into the first corner. The young Swiss knew he was starting on a set of tyres that had already been used in Free Practice and Qualifying and would not normally be used as a race tyre, realising that he couldn’t match the pace of leader Razia he concentrated on not making any mistakes and keeping his track position.
By lap 3 the number 5 Racing Engineering car was 2.6 seconds behind Razia and 0.4 seconds ahead of Coletti. Leimer continued to drive carefully over the next few laps and he was now chased by the Pole Position man, Valsecchi, who had passed Coletti. On lap 6 Leimer was unable to keep Valsecchi behind him as his tyres continued to prevent him driving as he wished and he dropped a place to third.
On lap 10 Leimer made his mandatory pitstop and following the usual excellent work by the Racing Engineering team he was now battling hard with Chilton and Coletti. As the other cars made their stops Leimer was now in 4th place just 0.7 seconds behind Chilton and for the next 20 laps the two cars fought a hard battle around the Sepang circuit as both men lapped within a few tenths of each other.
Gradually pulling away from Coletti, Leimer continued to push Chilton hard but the two cars were too equally matched and, with some rain falling with 5 laps to go, at the chequered flag Leimer had to settle for 4th, less than a second away from the podium.
Nathanaël Berthon also made a great start gaining 5 places on the opening lap to be in 13th place as he started lap 2. The young Frenchman was fighting hard with Van der Garde and Ericsson and on lap 3 he lost a place to the Swede.
Berthon continued to look for opportunities to gain places and he soon moved up a place as he passed Haryanto. As the pit stops began Berthon temporarily moved up to 5th but following his own stop he resumed in 13th place chasing Haryanto and just ahead of Palmer. Passing Haryanto again on lap 22 Berthon moved up to 12th and he gained one more place in the remaining laps to finish 11th just 0.5 seconds behind Crestani.
With both Racing Engineering drivers having a very positive Feature Race both men can look forward to tomorrow’s Sprint Race. Leimer’s 4th place finish means he will start the race from 5th on the grid with an excellent chance of a podium whist and Berthon’s 11th place start means he will be looking for a good points finish.