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De la Rosa triumphs in Race of Stars 07 Nov 2005

(L to R): Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) McLaren talks with Christijan Albers (NDL) Minardi on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 3 April 2005

Consistency rather than outright pace took McLaren’s Pedro de la Rosa to victory in Sunday’s second Race of Stars, the charity karting event organised by Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie in aid of the Colombian driver’s Formula Smiles Foundation, which helps underprivileged children.

A plethora of top names from both Formula One racing and US series turned out for the two-race competition on the streets of Cartegena, Colombia. Among those joining host Montoya, who finished second overall, were Christian Klien, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Christijan Albers, Antonio Pizzonia, Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon.

An eventful first race saw an early clash between Castroneves and pole man Wheldon leave Roger Yasukawa in the lead. He was quickly passed by Montoya who then spent most of the race fending off the attentions of Liuzzi, before the Italian eventually clipped a barrier, leaving de la Rosa to come home second.

In race two, with the grid reversed, Liuzzi again starred, this time taking a convincing victory. However, his race one retirement left him out of contention for overall honours, which looked to set to go to Castroneves, until the Brazilian lost a wheel with just three laps to go.

That meant a third place for de la Rosa was enough to clinch overall victory for the Spaniard, ahead of Montoya and Yasukawa.