Perez storms to Spa victory
|By Richard Asher||Sunday, August 29th 2010, 09:35 GMT|
Mexico's Sergio Perez made up for yesterday's disappointment by taking victory in today's reverse-grid GP2 race at Spa-Francorchamps.
After starting second, the Addax driver made light work of pole man Rodolfo Gonzalez (Arden), running much quicker through Eau Rouge and passing him at Les Combes on the first lap. Perez never relinquished the lead thereafter.
The race was punctuated by three safety cars for accidents - including crashes by Christian Vietoris, Charles Pic and Jules Bianchi - and debris on the track.
Gonzalez later dropped behind Perez's team-mate Giedo van der Garde and feature race winner Alvaro Parente (Coloni).
Championship leader Pastor Maldonado retired at Les Combes on the first lap, so Perez's win keeps his mathematical chance of closing up the Venezuelan's big points lead alive.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Sergio Perez Addax 41m51.924s 2. Giedo van der Garde Addax +2.574 3. Alvaro Parente Coloni +3.583 4. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden +4.826 5. Oliver Turvey iSport +7.060 6. Romain Grosjean DAMS +8.037 7. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova +8.740 8. Davide Valsecchi iSport +9.472 9. Adrian Zaugg Trident +10.282 10. Luiz Razia Rapax +10.587 11. Max Chilton Ocean +11.630 12. Sam Bird ART +12.171 13. Michael Herck DPR +12.553 14. Fabrizio Crestani DPR +13.269 Retirements Charles Pic Arden 11 laps Vlado Arabadjiev Coloni 9 laps Jerome D'Ambrosio DAMS 8 laps Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 6 laps Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident 5 laps Jules Bianchi ART 4 laps Luca Filippi Super Nova 2 laps Fabio Leimer Ocean 1 lap Pastor Maldonado Rapax 0 laps Fastest lap, Perez 1m57.014s
Read AUTOSPORT.com's pre-Spa feature on Sergio Perez, here.