Nico Hulkenberg converted his pole position into a maiden GP2 Series victory on his home circuit at the Nurburgring this afternoon.
The ART rookie controlled the race from start to finish, eventually crossing the line 13.9s clear of Piquet GP's Roldan Rodriguez.
The victory moves Hulkenberg to within a point of series leader Romain Grosjean (Addax), who had done an excellent job to recover from 14th to sixth before his car stopped with a hydraulic problem two laps before the finish.
Rodriguez may have had to pace to challenge Hulkenberg, but was jumped by Lucas di Grassi (Racing Engineering) at the start and then spent the remainder of the stint bottled up behind the Brazilian, allowing Hulkenberg to open a gap of around eight seconds.
Rodriguez jumped di Grassi in the pits, but by then Hulkenberg was too far down the road for him to have any hope of challenging for the lead.
Meanwhile, di Grassi exited the pits following his own stop to find himself in a four-way battle for sixth with Grosjean, Alvaro Parente (Ocean) and Alberto Valerio (Piquet). A decision to change all four tyres despite the cold track temperature cost him two places when both Grosjean and Parente slipped past, although the threat from Valerio was neutralised when the Silverstone winner parked with a suspected electrical problem two laps later.
Andi Zuber avoided all the drama around him to finish third for Fisichella ahead of Addax's Vitaly Petrov, Super Nova's Javier Villa, Parente and di Grassi. Grosjean's late retirement bumped Sergio Perez up to eighth, giving the Arden rookie the final point and pole for tomorrow's sprint race.
Elsewhere the race passed mostly without incident, although Luiz Razia's great effort to jump from last to 19th in the first three corners was wasted when he was collected by a spinning Luca Filippi, while a scrap between Pastor Maldonado and Diego Nunes ended in a collision that forced Nunes to retire, and caused damage to Maldonado's car that prompted a trip into the barriers a couple of corners later.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Nico Hulkenberg ART 1h00m10.875s 2. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet + 13.931s 3. Andreas Zuber Fisichella + 21.765s 4. Vitaly Petrov Addax + 29.116s 5. Javier Villa Super Nova + 31.534s 6. Alvaro Parente Ocean + 48.000s 7. Lucas di Grassi Racing Engineering + 50.366s 8. Sergio Perez Arden + 51.117s 9. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS + 1m04.414s 10. Jerome D'Ambrosio DAMS + 1m05.226s 11. Karun Chandhok Ocean + 1m09.066s 12. Giedo van der Garde iSport + 1m09.909s 13. Davide Valsecchi Durango + 1m15.106s 14. Michael Herck DPR + 1m15.721s 15. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident + 1m22.721s 16. Daniel Clos Racing Engineering + 1 lap 17. Edoardo Mortara Arden + 1 lap 18. Romain Grosjean Addax + 2 laps 19. Nelson Panciatici Durango + 2 laps Retirements: Alberto Valerio Piquet 24 laps Franck Perera DPR 21 laps Diego Nunes iSport 10 laps Pastor Maldonado ART 10 laps Ricardo Teixeira Trident 6 laps Luca Filippi Super Nova 0 laps Luiz Razia Fisichella 0 laps