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GP2 Race 2: Di Grassi on top
Lucas di Grassi has opened his win account for the season by dominating today's race in Istanbul, leading the field from lights to flag to put himself on top of the podium between Javier Villa and Vitaly Petrov.

The Brazilian led the field away from pole when the lights went out, and that was the closest they got to him all race, while behind him Davide Valsecchi and Luca Filippi resumed their battle from late in yesterday's race: the pair came together at turn one, with the former spinning around and into Andreas Zuber while the latter had his rear tire shredded and had to limp all the way back to the pits for a replacement.

Di Grassi was determined to break his pursuer's spirits, and set a string of fastest laps with Villa the only driver who could stay within sight of the leader, albeit only just, while yesterday's race winner Petrov squeezed in behind them but didn't have the pace to stay with either man.

With the front men stringing out, the battle to watch was further back between Edoardo Mortara, Diego Nunes, Alvaro Parente and Romain Grosjean for ninth place: the Italian held on to the end despite race long pressure from Parente, but the then championship leader was unable to find a way by any of his competitors.

And when the flag dropped it was di Grassi who was the object of everyone's applause, finishing almost four seconds ahead of Villa with Petrov 1.5 seconds further back after claiming third position by nipping inside Nico Hülkenberg and Pastor Maldonado at the final corner of the first lap, while further back Alberto Valerio did a solid job to finish in the points for the second time this weekend.

Petrov's second Turkish podium gave him the championship lead from teammate Grosjean, with the Russian ahead by 33 points to 31, while di Grassi's victory moves him up to sixth spot with 16 points, 2 points behind Jérôme d'Ambrosio and one off the ART pair of Hülkenberg and Maldonado. It sets up an intriguing contest to come in Silverstone in just two weeks time.



Driver Team Time
1. Lucas di Grassi Racing Engineering 37m17.705s
2. Javier Villa Super Nova + 3.853s
3. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Addax + 5.351s
4. Nico Hulkenberg ART + 8.991s
5. Pastor Maldonado ART +10.426s
6. Alberto Valerio Piquet +11.197s
7. Daniel Clos Racing Engineering +16.281s
8. Davide Rigon Trident +20.066s
9. Edoardo Mortara Arden +24.368s
10. Alvaro Parente Ocean +24.696s
11. Diego Nunes iSport +28.671s
12. Romain Grosjean Barwa Addax +32.766s
13. Giedo van der Garde iSport +34.631s
14. Karun Chandhok Ocean +35.446s
15. Jerome d'Ambrosio DAMS +40.023s
16. Sergio Perez Arden +41.171s
17. Roldan Rodríguez Piquet +42.313s
18. Ricardo Teixeira Trident +52.238s
19. Andreas Zuber Fisichella +1m02.332s
20. Luiz Razia Fisichella +1m37.768s
21 Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 19 laps
22 Luca Filippi Super Nova 18 laps
2423 Giacomo Ricci DPR 14 laps
25 Nelson Panciatici Durango 12 laps
26 Michael Herck DPR 3 laps
27 Davide Valsecchi Durango 0 laps

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