GP2 Sergio Perez takes maiden win

in Bahrain Sprint Race

Starting from pole position on the reversed grid today, the GP2 debutant Sergio Perez at Barwa International Campos Team managed to lead from the start to the chequered flag. He had to cope with pressure from Durango’s Valsecchi who reduced the 2 second average gap in the last stages of the race, but Perez hold his own and claimed his first win.

With Giedo Van der Garde failing to get away for the formation lap, Davide Valsecchi in fourth place had thus a clean track in front of him for the start and took advantage of the situation to come out of the first corner in second position, with Nico Hülkenberg behind him. The Italian tried to stay as close as possible to the Campos man, but if Valsecchi had a quicker pace towards the last laps, he never could get close enough to really try to go for the win.

As Perez kept a steady gap between him and his closest rival, it was Jérôme d’Ambrosio who made the show: starting from seventh on the grid, he dropped to eighth after a relatively poor start. However, the Dams ace displayed outstanding driving skills, passing first his teammate Kamui Kobayashi, then Earl Bamber, Roldan Rodriguez – who was struggling with his tyres, Javier Villa five laps later and finally Nico Hülkenberg on the very last lap. He crossed the finish line in a well-deserved third position. Hülkenberg finished fourth ahead of Javier Villa. Championship leader and feature race winner Kamui Kobayashi grabbed the last point, finishing sixth of the event.

After this first round, Kamui Kobayashi is now leading Davide Valsecchi by 24 points to 34, ahead of Roldan Rodriguez just 2 points behind the Durango driver. The best performer of the weekend, Jérôme d’Ambrosio is now fourth with Javier Villa and Sergio Perez behind him on both 10 points.

Bahrain – Race 2

  Driver /Team 1.  Sergio Perez  Barwa Int. Campos Team 2.  Davide Valsecchi  Durango   3.  Jérôme d’Ambrosio  Dams 4.  Nico Hülkenberg  ART Grand Prix 5.  Javier Villa  Super Nova Racing 6.  Kamui Kobayashi  Dams 7  Earl Bamber  My Qi-Meritus.Mahara 8.  Edoardo Mortara  Ardent Int. Motorsport 9.  Luiz Razia  ArdenInt. Motorsport 10.  Marco Bonanomi  My Qi-Meritus.Mahara 11.  Sakon Yamamoto  ART Grand Prix 12.  Vitaly Petrov  Barwa Int. Campos Team 13.  Yelmer Buurman  Ocean Racing Technology 14.  Giedo Van der Garde  GFH Team iSport 15.  Francesco Provenzano  Trident Racing 16.  Giacomo Ricci  DPR 17.  Fabrizio Crestani  Ocean Racing Technology 18.  Michael Herck  DPR 19.  AdrianValles  Trident Racing 20.  Michael Dalle Stelle  Durango   21.  Kevin Nai Chia Chen  Fisichella Motor Sport Int. 22.  Diego Nunes  Piquet GP 23.  Roldan Rodriguez  Piquet GP

Not Classified

 Rodolfo Gonzalez  Fisichella Motor Sport Int.  Hamad Al Fardan  GFH Team iSport  James Jakes  Super Nova Racing

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