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Tristan Vauiter takes comfortable win in Indy Lights opener at St Pete

Tristan VautierTristan Vautier has struck the opening blow in the 2012 Indy Lights season with a comfortable win around the streets of St Petersburg.

The reigning Star Mazda champion headed a 1-2 for Sam Schmidt Motorsports by beating home Esteban Guerrieri. His margin of victory was just over a second, although it would have been far greater had it not been for a couple of stints behind the safety car that bunched up the field.

The Schmidt squad was looking good for a 1-2-3 until series returnee Sebastian Saavedra passed rookie Oli Webb just after the final restart to claim third.

Further back, the battle for the minor points places ended badly for Carlos Munoz, who was pitched into the wall on lap 29 while trying to defend fifth from Juan Pablo Garcia.

He was one of two drivers to end their race in the barriers, with David Ostella also crashing on lap 20.

                                   
Pos  Driver               Team/            Result  
 1.  Tristan Vautier      Sam Schmidt      58m22.1898s           
 2.  Esteban Guerrieri    Sam Schmidt        + 1.0391s
 3.  Sebastian Saavedra   AFS/Andretti         45 laps
 4.  Oli Webb             Sam Schmidt          45 laps
 5.  Victor Carbone       Sam Schmidt          45 laps
 6.  Gustavo Yacaman      Moore                45 laps
 7.  Juan Pablo Garcia    Jeffrey Mark         45 laps
 8.  Armaan Ebrahim       Fan Force            45 laps
 9.  Troy Castaneda       Bryan Herta          45 laps
10.  Darryl Wills         Hillenburg           + 1 lap
11.  Jorge Goncalvez      Belardi              + 1 lap
12.  Alon Day             Belardi             + 2 laps
13.  Joao Horto           Juncos              + 3 laps

Not classified

     Carlos Munoz         Andretti             29 laps
     David Ostella        Moore                21 laps
     Rodin Younessi       Younessi              5 laps


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