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DATE News (chronologically)
07/06/08
gp2
Senna wins wet GP2 sprint race  
(L to R) Di Grassi, Senna and Pantano
Bruno Senna controlled the elements and his rivals to record a dominant second win of the season on a soaking wet Silverstone circuit this morning, taking the top spot on the podium ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Giorgio Pantano.

The Brazilian reigned supreme in a race which saw most of the field succumb to the extreme conditions in some form: a strong start and pressure on polesitter Luca Filippi handed Senna the lead one the first lap and he never looked back, building and then maintaining a solid lead to take the checkered flag by 8.5 seconds over his countryman.

The first few laps were chaotic, with Zuber bogging down from the front row at the start and bunching up the field causing problems further back: Senna, di Grassi and Pantano were effectively the only drivers to not run off the soaked circuit, pushing most of the regular point scorers into unfamiliar positions and forcing them to challenge drivers who they do not normally fight with in the dry.

Rain reappeared heavily halfway through the race, causing misery for much of the field but an amazing spectacle for the spectators: while Senna pulled away Grosjean was slicing through the field after stopping for a new front wing, with Vitaly Petrov and Andy Soucek running almost side by side for lap after lap, and Kamui Kobayashi also showing strong speed to try and make up for his disappointment from race one.

The race result wasn't clear until the checkered flag dropped: while Senna was clearly ahead of di Grassi at the end, Pantano pushed hard over the closing laps to put himself on the Brazilian's tail at the end of the race after watching his mirrors throughout the race and seeing them full of Mike Conway's car; the Briton just failed to get onto the podium at his home circuit while behind him Petrov won the battle over Soucek when the latter fell off track in the fight for fifth. The last place should have gone to Kobayashi only for Adrian Valles to spin unavoidably in front of him on the final lap, handing sixth to series returnee Davide Valsecchi.

The second podium in a row meant that Pantano has stretched his lead out to 50 points, ahead of Senna on 39 and Sébastien Buemi, who spun on the installation lap and therefore did not race, on 25 points, which is one ahead of di Grassi and a further point ahead of Grosjean as the field looks towards Hockenheim for the next round of the series.

Silverstone – Race 2

  Driver                Team
1.  Bruno Senna  iSport International
2.  Lucas di Grassi  Barwa Int. Campos Team
3.  Giorgio Pantano  Racing Engineering
4.  Mike Conway  Trident Racing
5.  Vitaly Petrov  Barwa Int. Campos Team
6.  Davide Valsecchi  Durango
7  Kamui Kobayashi  Dams
8.  Romain Grosjean  ART Grand Prix
9.  Alberto Valerio  Durango
10.  Yelmer Buurman  Trust Team Arden
11.  Andreas Zuber  Piquet Sports
12.  Jérôme d’Ambrosio  Dams
13.  Marko Asmer  Fisichella Motor Sport Int.
14.  Adrián Valles  BCN Competicion
15.  Pastor Maldonado  Piquet Sports

Fastest lap time: Pastor Maldonado (Piquet Sports): 1:47.801 on lap 21
Maldonado did not finish in the Top 10. He does not qualify for Bonus Point.
Vitaly Petrov (Barwa Int. Campos Team) was second fastest in a 1:48.226 and collects the Bonus Point.

Not Classified

Driver          Team
  Javier Villa  Racing Engineering
  Roldan Rodriguez  Fisichella Motor Sport Int.
  Carlos Iaconelli  BCN Competicion
  Andy Soucek  Super Nova Racing
  Luca Filippi  ART Grand Prix
  Ho-Pin Tung  Trident Racing
  Karun Chandhok  iSport International
  Alvaro Parente  Super Nova Racing
  Diego Nunes  DPR
  Sébastien Buemi  Trust Team Arden
  Michael Herck  DPR

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