GP2 Maiden win for Bonanomi

The Piquet Sports driver snatched his first win in the 2008 GP2 Asia series finale.Sébastien Buemi is crowned Vice Champion.

After a remarkably clean start in the last sprint race of the GP2 Asia 2008 season, Milos Pavlovickept the lead from his pole position. But, in the opening lap the Serbian has to retire after a problemof oil pressure, leaving Jérôme d’Ambrosio to lead the race. However, in the second lap, MarcoBonanomi and Sébastien Buemi both overtook the Belgian driver from Dams. The Italian fromPiquet Sports then pulled away.

Behind the top three men, Trident Racing Ho-Pin Tung tried to resist to Petrov’s attacks: the Russian knew at that point that with Buemi in front of him, the second place of the championship was out of his reach. The Safety car was deployed in Lap 5 after a crash involving the two DPRcars, along with Alberto Valerio and Ben Hanley. At the restart, if Bonanomi impeccably kept the lead, Buemi went a little wide, letting d’Ambrosio pass, but the Arden ace quickly regained his position, while the Dams driver was overtaken by Vitaly Petrov. What promised to be a great battle between Buemi and Petrov ended prematurely after the Barwa International Campos Team man had to retire because of what seemed to be a problem of fuel pressure.

Marco Bonanomi crossed the finish line a winner for the first time in GP2 resisting to Trust TeamArden Sébastien Buemi’s come back. The Swiss arrived in second place and hence was crowed 2008 GP2 Asia Vice Champion. Dams Jérôme d’Ambrosio took third and scored his second  podium of the season. Davide Valsecchi, Yelmer Buurman and Fairuz Fauzy completed the Top 6. ART Grand Prix was crowned Champion yesterday. Trust Team Arden finished second in front of Barwa International Campos Team.

Marco Bonanomi (Piquet Sports): “It’s a perfect day! I had some problem yesterday at the start, but not today. After I took the lead, I just pushed really hard. Sébastien was faster than me at the end, but I managed to keep him in check. What a great way to end the championship!”

Sébastien Buemi (Trust Team Arden): “I wanted to win so much today… I had a great start, but then I had problems with my front left tyre. Therefore, I tried to use the rear tyres as much as possible. I’m really pleased with this result: the beginning of the season was so difficult on us and we worked really hard to fix the problems, I’m delighted to be Vice Champion and I can’t wait for the GP2 Series to start!”

Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Dams): “I went a little bit wide in corner 6 in the first lap and I went in the dirty part of the track. That’s how Marco and Sébastien overtook me. Then, I had a good restart, but I wasn’t quick enough. This second podium is a great result for a rookie like me: this is a tough championship and if we keep on working like this, things look promising for the GP2 Series.”