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02/17/08
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Fauzy beats Senna and Petrov  
Fairuz Fauzy, (center) 1st, Bruno Senna (right) 2nd, Vitaly Petrov (left) 3rd.
Super Nova Racing driver Fairuz Fauzy won the sprint race today in the second round of the GP2 Asia Series in Sentul, Indonesia.

It was a bright and sunny Sunday today just for Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy who scored his first GP2 win on the wet track of Sentul in the sprint race. He started from pole position on the reversed grid and led until the checkered flag.

As the 26 cars were waiting for the off, heavy rain started to pour on the track two minutes before the formation lap. The start was then given behind the safety car and the two first laps were fateful for Latvian Schleghelmilch and Brazilian Valerio, both in slick tires. On Lap 7, the safety car stepped out and the real battle begun. RDD boys Hanley and Grosjean started to fight for 5th place. Vitaly Petrov took this opportunity to pass the Brit. Just five laps after the restart, the safety car was once again deployed when Luca Filippi spun and got stranded in the middle of the track.

At the second restart, the battle for third position intensified between Pavlovic, Petrov, Grosjean and Hanley. After Petrov passed Milos without any harm, ART Frenchman attacked the BCN driver. Just behind them, Ben Hanley saw an opportunity and moved up the inside of Grosjean, but he went in too deep and hit Pavlovic. The safety car was deployed for the third time.

When it released the cars, there were less than 6 minutes left on the clock. In front, leader Fauzy managed to contain Senna’s attacks in order to cross the finish line in first position and take his maiden win. Senna finished 2nd ahead of Petrov, Grosjean, Valles and Tung who scored his first point today.

Fairuz Fauzy (Super Nova Racing): “I am so happy! The team did a wonderful job in setting up the car in these difficult conditions. I had a really good pace. This is my first win and it comes right before the next round in my homeland in Sepang. I hope I can do the same there!”

Bruno Senna (iSport International): “We had a set up for the dry and it rained a lot, so it made things extremely difficult for me. Fairuz and the guys behind me were faster. Therefore, I’m quite happy with this result. We’ve had a tough two first rounds, but I’m still second of the championship and I closed the gap with Grosjean a little bit.”

Vitaly Petrov (Barwa International Campos Team): “I was frustrated yesterday when I couldn’t turn my pole position into a win. Today, I wanted to do something good. We were quick all weekend and I know that we have the car to actually fight for the podium at every race.”

Sentul – Race 2

Pos Driver Team
1. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing
2. Bruno Senna iSport International
3. Vitaly Petrov Barwa international Campos Team
4. Romain Grosjean ART Grand Prix
5. Adrián Valles FMS International
6. Ho-Pin Tung Trident Racing
7. Sébastien Buemi Trust Team Arden
8. Marco Bonanomi Piquet Sports
9. Aarman Ebrahim DPR
10 Diego Nunes DPR
11 Adam Khan Trust Team Arden
12 Michael Herck FMS International
13 Karun Chandhok iSport International
14 Christian Bakkerud Super Nova Racing
15 Kamui Kobayashi Dams
16 Ben Hanley Barwa International Campos Team
17 Jason Tahinci BCN Competicion
18 Marcello Puglisi Piquet Sports
19 Davide Valsecchi Durango
20 Hiroki Yoshimoto Qi-Meritus Mahara
21 Luca Filippi Qi-Meritus Mahara

Not Classified

Driver Team
Milos Pavlovic BCN Competicion
Stephen Jelley ART Grand Prix
Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams
Harald Schleghelmilch Trident Racing
Alberto Valerio Durango

Fastest lap time: Fairuz Fauzy (Super Nova Racing) – 1:23.203 on lap 16

Drivers’ Championship

Pos Driver Points
1. Romain Grosjean 27
2. Bruno Senna 17
3. Adrián Valles 15
4. Fairuz Fauzy 14
5. Sébastien Buemi 10
6. Vitaly Petrov 10
7. Karun Chandhok 6
8. Andy Soucek 6
9. Ben Hanley 6
10. Hiroki Yoshimoto 6
11. Luca Filippi 4
12. Milos Pavlovic 3
13. Alberto Valerio 2
14 Ho-Pin Tung 1
15 Davide Valsecchi

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