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02/13/09
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Hulkenberg storms to Qatar GP2 victory

Nico Hulkenberg
The ART Grand Prix racer, Nico Hulkenberg,  displayed a brilliant performance tonight in the first-ever GP2 Asia night feature race at the Losail International Circuit to claim a maiden GP2 victory.

However, things did not start so well for Nico Hülkenberg who lost his pole position advantage to Sergio Perez at the start. Further behind the grid, Sakon Yamamoto stalled from sixth and was hit hard by Yelmer Buurman. Rodolfo Gonzalez was also caught in the accident, but fortunately, none of them were injured.

The Safety Car stayed on track for the next five laps even coming through the pitlane in order to let the marshals clean the debris. Vitaly Petrov, then third, was the first of the top drivers to pit on lap 10 and this strategy allowed him to pass his teammate after the latter rejoined the track from his own mandatory pitstop a few laps later.

Almost all the drivers chose to pit early, but one man stayed on track: Nico Hülkenberg took the lead and managed to preserve his tires all the while matching the pace of those who had already pitted. He pulled away and extended his lead to over 40 seconds. That was enough time to come into the pits, change his left tires and rejoin the circuit ahead of Perez who earlier had gone past Petrov in a strong move at the end of Turn 1. Hülkenberg claimed victory a clear 13 seconds ahead of Perez. With Petrov finishing third, Barwa International Campos Team had a great result which allowed them to close the gap on team leaders Dams.

Behind the Top 3, Championship leader Kamui Kobayashi finished fourth although his pace was surprisingly slower than what he normally displays. He regained speed in the latest stages, but could not get close enough to Petrov. His teammate, Jérôme d’Ambrosio, finished fifth having fought long and hard with Davide Valsecchi for that position. The Italian, second in the drivers’ championship was followed by Edoardo Mortara and Luiz Razia. Tomorrow’s reversed grid will be an all-Arden front row.


Qatar - Race 1

Driver

Team

1.

Nico Hülkenberg

ART Grand Prix

2.

Sergio Perez

Barwa Int. Campos Team

3.

Vitaly Petrov

Barwa Int. Campos Team

4.

Kamui Kobayashi

Dams

5.

Jérôme d’Ambrosio

Dams

6.

Davide Valsecchi

Durango  

7

Edoardo Mortara

ArdenInt. Motorsport

8.

Luiz Razia

ArdenInt. Motorsport

9.

James Jakes

Super Nova Racing

10.

Fabrizio Crestani

Ocean Racing Technology

11.

Diego Nunes

Piquet GP

12.

Giedo van der Garde

GFH Team iSport

13.

Javier Villa

Super Nova Racing

14.

Davide Rigon

Trident Racing

15.

Michael Herck

DPR

16.

Marco Bonanomi

My Qi-Meritus.Mahara

17.

Alvaro Parente

My Qi-Meritus.Mahara

18.

Kevin Nai Chia Chen

Fisichella Motor Sport Int.

19.

Frankie Provenzano

Trident Racing

20.

Michael Dalle Stelle

Durango


Fastest lap time: Alvaro Parente (My Qi-Meritus.Mahara): 1:38.699 on lap 21  

Not Classified

Driver

Team

Giacomo Ricci

DPR

Roldan Rodriguez

Piquet GP

Hamad Al Fardan

GFH Team iSport

Sakon Yamamoto

ART Grand Prix

Rodolfo Gonzalez

Fisichella Motor Sport Int.

Yelmer Buurman

Ocean Racing Technology

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