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05/30/10
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Clos crushing victory in sprint race  Dani Clos pulled out a crushing display of speed and determination to dominate this morning's sprint race in Istanbul, running away for a simple win ahead of Luiz Razia and Giedo van der Garde.

The victory was set up when the lights went out with a smart getaway from the grid ahead of teammate and fellow front row starter Christian Vietoris, who had no choice but to slip in behind and provide cover from hard charging attacks by Razia and van der Garde: the pair had easily dispatched Michael Herck and were already looking for more, with Davide Valsecchi also dispatching the Romanian on the open lap.

With the Racing Engineering pair pulling away at the front the action was fairly static in the top ten, but further back Sergio Perez was determined to make up for his bitter disappointment but overtaking his rivals with ease: after only two laps he had pushed up from last on the grid to P12, and was clearly not content with his efforts yet.

Valsecchi and Herck's fierce fight soon caught up to van der Garde, with the Italian running alongside his Dutch rival a number of times but was just unable to make it stick, while Sam Bird in seventh was soon coming under all sorts of pressure from the Dams pair and Perez, providing some hugely entertaining closing laps for the fans.

But when the checkered flag dropped it was Clos who was able to record a maiden victory 9 seconds ahead of Razia, who picked up second when Vietoris drifted to a halt with a mechanical gremlin, while van der Garde soaked up the pressure to bring home a podium for his hungry Addax team.

Valsecchi and Herck followed the Dutchman nose to tail, while yesterday's winner Pastor Maldonado had a lonely race to bring home the final point for sixth place ahead of hard charging title rival Perez in seventh.

The result put Clos back into the championship mix, following Maldonado 27 points to 23, with Razia right behind on 20 points and Perez left with no reward for his efforts to stand on 17 as the field looks ahead to the next round in Valencia.

Results

POS

NO DRIVERS TEAMS LAPS GAP INT. BEST LAP
1 7 D. CLOS Racing Engineering 23 0.000 0.000 1:37.012 3
2 14 L. RAZIA Rapax 23 8.870 8.870 1:37.308 4
3 3 G. VAN DER GARDE Barwa Addax Team 23 12.996 4.126 1:37.506 4
4 10 D. VALSECCHI iSport International 23 13.479 0.483 1:37.565 21
5 26 M. HERCK DPR 23 14.503 1.024 1:37.630 5
6 15 P. MALDONADO Rapax 23 19.118 4.615 1:37.340 5
7 4 S. PEREZ Barwa Addax Team 23 20.080 0.962 1:37.524 8
8 11 J. D'AMBROSIO Dams 23 20.488 0.408 1:37.712 11
9 12 H. TUNG Dams 23 23.868 3.380 1:37.678 18
10 2 S. BIRD ART Grand Prix 23 29.560 5.692 1:37.466 5
11 18 M. CHILTON Ocean Racing Technology 23 31.666 2.106 1:38.111 17
12 24 J. CECOTTO Trident Racing 23 36.159 4.493 1:38.067 19
13 1 J. BIANCHI ART Grand Prix 23 40.549 4.390 1:37.752 14
14 5 J. KRAL Super Nova Racing 23 40.625 0.076 1:38.418 7
15 19 F. LEIMER Ocean Racing Technology 23 48.444 7.819 1:38.590 17
16 17 R. GONZALEZ Arden International 23 48.682 0.238 1:38.315 14
17 27 G. RICCI DPR 23 49.061 0.379 1:37.877 7
18 9 O. TURVEY iSport International 22 1 LAP 1 LAP 1:36.770 3
19 20 A. VALERIO Scuderia Coloni 21 2 LAPS 1 LAP 1:37.582 6
NC 25 A. ZAUGG Trident Racing 17 DNF - 1:37.927 6
NC 8 C. VIETORIS Racing Engineering 9 DNF - 1:37.226 5
NC 6 M. ERICSSON Super Nova Racing 5 DNF - 1:38.867 4
NC 21 V. ARABADZHIEV Scuderia Coloni 3 DNF - 1:43.766 2
NC 16 C. PIC Arden International 0 DNS - -

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