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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