GP2 Mortara takes debut win in Race 2

Italian holds off Grosjean in Barcelona

Edoardo Mortara fought off race long pressure from championship leader Romain Grosjean to claim his first win in the GP2 Series, showing tenacity and speed to hold on for the victory ahead of the Frenchman and Jérôme d'Ambrosio.

The result was set up as the lights went out when Mortara made a blinding start to leaving poleman Kamui Kobayashi in his wake, with d'Ambrosio also following him through. Giedo van der Garde slotted in behind the pair out of turn one ahead of Grosjean, Kobayashi and Vitaly Petrov, with the latter giving way to a fast charging Luca Filippi into the final complex.

But it was Grosjean who was on a charge, disposing of van der Garde and d'Ambrosio in successive laps before latching onto the rear of the race leader and not letting go. The pair were streaking away from the field and it was obvious that the Frenchman was looking to add another victory to his one from yesterday, but Mortara was out to add to his own growing reputation.

The action wasn't restricted to the front though as Filippi could not shake Petrov all race, and the Russian soon had ART teammates Maldonado and Hülkenberg filling his rear mirrors. The Italian was clearly pushing hard, but with 3 laps remaining his tyres were completely shot, and he had nothing left to defend from the Venezuelan.

After a non-stop battle it was Mortara who held on for the win just ahead of Grosjean, with d'Ambrosio a further five seconds behind. Van der Garde and Kobayashi had the luxury of quiet races to add to their point scores, while Maldonado claimed the final point for sixth place. But if Mortara won the battle it was Grosjean who won the war, leaving the paddock with 19 points to hold a comfortable lead as we head to Monaco.

Barcelona – Race 2

 Driver  Team 1.  Edoardo Mortara  Telmex Arden International 2.  Romain Grosjean  Barwa Campos Team 3.  Jérôme d’Ambrosio  DAMS 4.  Giedo van der Garde  iSport International 5.  Kamui Kobayashi  DAMS 6.  Pastor Maldonado  ART Grand Prix 7  Luca Filippi  Super Nova Racing 8.  Diego Nunes  iSport International 9.  Vitaly Petrov  Barwa Campos Team 10.  Lucas di Grassi  Fat Burner Racing Eng. 11.  Alvaro Parente  Ocean Racing Technology 12.  Luiz Razia  FMSI 13.  Alberto Valerio  Piquet GP 14.  Nico Hülkenberg  ART Grand Prix 15.  Giacomo Ricci  DPR 16.  Davide Valsecchi  Durango   17.  Sergio Perez  Telmex Arden International 18.  Nelson Panciatici  Durango   19.  Dani Clos  Fat Burner Racing Eng. 20.  Ricardo Teixeira  Trident Racing 21.  Davide Rigon  Trident Racing

Fastest lap time: Dani Clos (Fat Burner Racing Engineering) – 1:30.063 on lap 4

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 Driver  Team  KarunChandhok    Ocean Racing Technology  Javier Villa  Super Nova Racing  Michael Herck  DPR  Andreas Zuber  FMSI  Roldan Rodriguez  Piquet GP

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