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DATE News (chronologically)
11/14/10
gp2
Valsecchi hangs on for final 2010 victory
Davide Valsecchi jumped his rivals at the start to take the lead after the first corner of this afternoon’s sprint race in Abu Dhabi, leading all the way to the flag for his first win of the season by absorbing race long pressure from Luiz Razia and Romain Grosjean.

The Italian’s victory was set up when the lights went out: poleman Josef Kral was slightly delayed off the line, handing front row starter Razia a clear line to turn one, but the Brazilian went too deep. Valsecchi and Grosjean were side by side out of the corner and into the lead, and when Razia chopped back on track the Frenchman had nowhere to go and dropped back to third to avoid being squeezed on either side.

Behind the top three Sam Bird had made his customary sharp getaway but was quickly jumped by Dani Clos, with a fierce battle for P4 commencing between the pair ahead of Kral, Sergio Perez and Oliver Turvey: the Mexican was soon by the poleman and looking for more, making it a three way fight for fourth place.

The battle was extinguished almost as quickly as it began: two laps later Perez dived inside at a gap which wasn’t really there, colliding with Bird and putting the pair out of the race almost instantly: with teammate Giedo van der Garde picking up three drive through penalties the Addax pitwall realized that their chances of reclaiming up the team’s championship were over for the year.

Back on track there were plenty of scraps but little in the way of overtaking: Razia pushed hard as he tried to save his team’s championship (and help his own), and applied constant pressure to Valsecchi as he looked to bring home the win iSport were denied yesterday. And at the flag he held on for victory by less than a second from Razia, with Grosjean holding off a late charge from Clos, Kral claiming a few more points for fifth, and Turvey just hanging on to the final point against a spirited challenge from Brendon Hartley.

With the final race over the championship standings are set: Pastor Maldonado is the 2010 GP2 champion, Sergio Perez is the vice-champion, with Jules Bianchi hanging on for third place. In the team’s standings Razia’s podium today guaranteed Rapax their first title, pushing their way past Barwa Addax Team (who held the lead with Perez’s victory yesterday), and ART Grand Prix joining them for third place.

Results

POS

NO DRIVERS TEAMS LAPS TIME GAP INT. BEST LAP
1 10 D. VALSECCHI iSport International 22 40:59.120 0.000 0.000 1:50.983 22
2 14 L. RAZIA Rapax 22 41:00.045 0.925 0.000 1:50.841 22
3 12 R. GROSJEAN Dams 22 41:04.227 5.107 4.182 1:51.258 21
4 7 D. CLOS Racing Engineering 22 41:04.717 5.597 0.490 1:51.073 22
5 5 J. KRAL Super Nova Racing 22 41:16.973 17.853 12.256 1:51.885 13
6 9 O. TURVEY iSport International 22 41:20.636 21.516 3.663 1:51.116 17
7 21 B. HARTLEY Scuderia Coloni 22 41:21.044 21.924 0.408 1:51.452 18
8 1 J. BIANCHI ART Grand Prix 22 41:21.687 22.567 0.643 1:50.628 19
9 11 J. D'AMBROSIO Dams 22 41:23.785 24.665 2.098 1:51.465 19
10 15 P. MALDONADO Rapax 22 41:24.291 25.171 0.506 1:51.606 21
11 26 M. HERCK DPR 22 41:24.792 25.672 0.501 1:51.804 22
12 16 C. PIC Arden International 22 41:31.045 31.925 6.253 1:52.103 20
13 18 M. CHILTON Ocean Racing Technology 22 41:34.601 35.481 3.556 1:51.893 14
14 8 H. TUNG Racing Engineering 22 41:35.774 36.654 1.173 1:51.886 13
15 27 F. CRESTANI DPR 22 41:36.948 37.828 1.174 1:52.095 13
16 19 F. LEIMER Ocean Racing Technology 22 41:37.521 38.401 0.573 1:51.861 13
17 17 R. GONZALEZ Arden International 22 41:38.084 38.964 0.563 1:51.947 16
18 20 J. JAKES Scuderia Coloni 22 41:50.898 51.778 12.814 1:51.198 8
19 3 G. VAN DER GARDE Barwa Addax Team 22 42:15.500 76.380 24.602 1:50.110 20
NC 6 M. ERICSSON Super Nova Racing 18 33:52.120 DNF - 1:51.712 18
NC 24 F. LEO Trident Racing 10 19:20.778 DNF - 1:52.908 5
NC 2 S. BIRD ART Grand Prix 4 7:36.156 DNF - 1:51.842 3
NC 4 S. PEREZ Barwa Addax Team 4 7:36.496 DNF - 1:51.251 3
NC 25 A. ZAUGG Trident Racing 0 - DNS - - 0

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