GP2 Buemi storms to race two win

Swiss driver on top for second season victory. Sébastien Buemi has dominated the field in scorching conditions this morning in race two at the Hungaroring, blasting by his fellow front row starter Andy Soucek to take a strong win ahead of the Spaniard and Bruno Senna.

The win came as a result of the mounting pressure he put on his rival, with Soucek running slightly wide at turn 12 and handing a clear run through to the flag for the likeable Swiss driver. At the start it was Soucek who came off the grid best, getting a great start when the lights went out to lead Buemi, Mike Conway and super starter Lucas di Grassi into turn one: the latter tapping the Briton as they entered the corner but both men held their lines ahead of Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna. The front two were in a class of their own, swapping fastest laps as they built a lead over di Grassi, whose fight with Conway spilled over when they came together at turn two on the second lap, with the Brazilian continuing but the Briton spinning around.

Di  Grassi  was  soon  handed  a  drive  through  penalty  for  his  antics,  promoting  Maldonado  to  an astonishing  podium  position  after  failing  to  even  make  qualifying  on  Friday,  a  great  return  by anyone's standards, but all eyes were on the Soucek / Buemi battle as the pair left everyone else behind. 

The  Spaniard  held  his  own  for  12  laps,  but  eventually  the  pressure  blew:  with  an oversteering  car  he  ran  wide  into  turn  12 and that was all the incentive Buemi needed, nipping through into a lead he would not relinquish to anyone. With  Soucek  slowing  it  looked  to  be  Maldonado's  chance:  the  Venezuelan  pushed  hard  to  put himself  on  his  rival's  tail,  but  the  twisty  nature  of  the  circuit  was  working  against  him  until heartbreak struck in the form of a mechanical gremlin, and his race was bitterly over with just 3 laps  remaining. 

While  Buemi  ultimately  won  by  8  seconds,  second  place  wasn't  certain  until Soucek crossed the line with his nose just fractionally ahead of Senna, who added more points for his title challenge. Six  seconds  further  back  Sakon  Yamamoto  had  a  quiet  but  sensible  drive  to  open  his  points scoring account by taking fourth place ahead of the squabbling Racing Engineering drivers, with Giorgio Pantano just holding on ahead of a fierce, race-long challenge from Javier Villa, while di Grassi  salvaged  a  point  for  the  fastest  lap:  the  result  meant  that  Pantano  holds  on  to  his championship lead on 65 points but is now just 7 ahead of Senna, while di Grassi on 39 heads Romain Grosjean by 3 points with Buemi just a further 2 points behind the Frenchman.

Budapest – Race 2 Driver Team

1. Sébastien Buemi Trust Team Arden 2. Andy Soucek Super Nova Racing 3. Bruno Senna iSport International 4. Sakon Yamamoto ART Grand Prix 5. Giorgio Pantano Racing Engineering 6. Javier Villa Racing Engineering 7 Andreas Zuber Piquet Sports 8. Kamui Kobayashi Dams 9. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Int. Campos Team 10. Lucas di Grassi Barwa Int. Campos Team 11. Mike Conway Trident Racing 12. Romain Grosjean ART Grand Prix 13. Davide Valsecchi Durango 14. Ho-Pin Tung Trident Racing 15. Diego Nunes DPR 16 Michael Herck SPR 17. Alberto Valerio Durango 18 Pastor Maldonado Piquet Sports 19 Adrian Valles BCN Competicion

Fastest lap time: Lucas di Grassi (Barwa Int. Campos Team): 1:30.367 on lap 18

Not Classified Driver Team

Luca Filippi Trust Team Arden Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams Marko Asmer Fisichella Motor Sport Int. Roldan Rodriguez Fisichella Motor Sport Int. Carlos Iaconelli BCN Competicion Alvaro Parente Super Nova Racing Kariun Chandhok iSport International Championship

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