Di Grassi takes first victory of 2009

Lucas di Grassi finally opened his 2009 account with a win in today's GP2 Series sprint race in Turkey

Di Grassi takes first victory of 2009

Racing Engineering's Brazilian inherited pole position courtesy of post-race penalties issued to some of his rivals following yesterday's race, and took advantage of the situation with a measured lights-to-flag performance.

He crossed the line with a 3.8 second advantage over Super Nova's Javier Villa, who had started alongside him on the front row and shadowed him for the entire race.

Barwa Addax's Vitaly Petrov's third position moves the Russian to the top of the championship table, two points clear of team-mate Romain Grosjean, who endured his third non-scoring race in a row after finishing 12th.

Nico Hulkenberg was fourth ahead of his ART team-mate Pastor Maldonado, with Piquet's Alberto Valerio picking up the final point on offer for sixth.

Pos  Driver               Team                Time
 1.  Lucas di Grassi      Racing Engineering  37m17.705s
 2.  Javier Villa         Super Nova          +   3.853s
 3.  Vitaly Petrov        Barwa Addax         +   5.351s
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg      ART                 +   8.991s
 5.  Pastor Maldonado     ART                 +  10.426s
 6.  Alberto Valerio      Piquet              +  11.197s
 7.  Daniel Clos          Racing Engineering  +  16.281s
 8.  Davide Rigon         Trident             +  20.066s
 9.  Edoardo Mortara      Arden               +  24.368s
10.  Alvaro Parente       Ocean               +  24.696s
11.  Diego Nunes          iSport              +  28.671s
12.  Romain Grosjean      Barwa Addax         +  32.766s
13.  Giedo van der Garde  iSport              +  34.631s
14.  Karun Chandhok       Ocean               +  35.446s
15.  Jerome d'Ambrosio    DAMS                +  40.023s
16.  Sergio Perez         Arden               +  41.171s
17.  Roldan Rodríguez     Piquet              +  42.313s
18.  Ricardo Teixeira     Trident             +  52.238s
19.  Andreas Zuber        Fisichella          +1m02.332s
20.  Luiz Razia           Fisichella          +1m37.768s

Retirements:

     Kamui Kobayashi      DAMS                19 laps
     Luca Filippi         Super Nova          18 laps
     Giacomo Ricci        DPR                 14 laps
     Nelson Panciatici    Durango             12 laps
     Michael Herck        DPR                  3 laps
     Davide Valsecchi     Durango              0 laps

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