GP2 Valsecchi dominates final race

Italian on top in home race

Davide Valsecchi stormed to victory in front of his local fans yesterday morning in race two, winning by nine seconds ahead of Roldan Rodriguez and Romain Grosjean in the final, action packed race of the season which saw Bruno Senna take the vice-champion laurels and Campos Grand Prix wrap up their first team's championship.

With another shower falling just before the start almost all of the drivers opted to start on wets, with Valsecchi making a decent start from pole but Rodriguez making an even better one to lead the Italian into the first chicane ahead of Jérôme D'Ambrosio, Grosjean and Senna, who spun as the pair in front of him fought for position: Grosjean moved up to third while D'Ambrosio slid back into the grasp of the pursuing pack.

Lucas  di  Grassi  was  on  a  charge  and  was  soon  all  over  Senna,  with  the  pair  fighting  hard  for track  position  and  second  in  the  championship:  when  Senna  went  straight  at  turn  one  his countryman was through, but with the pair running side by side further around the track di Grassi caught  up  to  a  fast  starting  Conway  and  hit  the  Briton  from  behind,  spinning  both  Conway  and Senna around as he cut the second chicane, allowing D'Ambrosio to briefly retake fourth place. Di Grassi was soon given a drive through penalty for his efforts, dropping him out of the points when he came in a lap later.

With   Maldonado   on   a   charge   behind   him,   Valsecchi   up   front   was   eating   chunks   out   of Rodriguez's time: it was only a matter of time before the Italian re-took the lead, eventually out- dragging  his  rival  along  the  front  straight  on  lap  8  before  running  away  with  the  race. 

All  eyes were then on Senna in P10, who now had Grosjean breathing down his championship neck as the Frenchman hounded down and passed Rodriguez for second on track. Fortunately for the Brazilian Grosjean soon ran wide, handing the position back to the Spaniard and placing himself under the close scrutiny of Maldonado, who was almost immediately all over the rear of the Frenchman while, behind them, an equally fraught battle was being waged for sixth place  between  D'Ambrosio,  Sébastien  Buemi  and  Senna,  the  latter  arguably  needing  the  point more than the men in front of him, who were clearly unwilling to hand him any presents.

And when the chequered flag dropped it was Valsecchi and fresh air, with Rodriguez, Grosjean and  Maldonado  crossing  the  line nose to tail nine seconds back and just one second ahead of champion  Giorgio  Pantano,  who  drove  a  mature  race  to  finish  his  championship  on  76  points, while  D'Ambrosio  held  on  for  sixth  place.  Senna  meanwhile  was  just  relieved  to  have  finally captured second place in the championship on 64 points, one ahead of di Grassi and two ahead of Grosjean, while Campos won their inaugural title over iSport by 103 points to 95, with Piquet Sports just 3 points further back in third place.

Monza – Race 2

Driver Team

1. Davide Valsecchi Durango

2. Roldan Rodriguez Fisichella Motor Sport Int.

3. Romain Grosjean ART Grand Prix

4. Pastor Maldonado Piquet Sports

5. Giorgio Pantano Racing Engineering

6. Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams

7 Sébastien Buemi Trust Team Arden

8. Bruno Senna iSport International

9. Ho-Pin Tung Trident Racing

10. Andreas Zuber Piquet Sports

11. Lucas di Grassi Barwa Int. Campos Team

12. Alvaro Parente Super Nova Racing

13. Kamui Kobayashi Dams

14. Carlos Iaconelli BCN Competicion

15. Alberto Valerio Durango

16. Diego Nunes DPR

17 Michael Herck DPR

18 Andy Soucek Super Nova Racing

Fastest lap time: Andy Soucek (Super Nova Racing): 1:46.771 on lap 17

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Driver Team

Sakon Yamamoto ART Grand Prix

Luca Filippi Trust Team Arden

Marko Asmer Fisichella Motor Sport Int.

Vitaly Petrov Barwa Int. Campos Team

Mike Conway Trident Racing

Karun Chandhok iSport International


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