Esteban Gutierrez takes first GP2 win in Valencia

Esteban Gutierrez took his maiden GP2 victory in dominant fashion in the sprint race on the streets of Valencia

Esteban Gutierrez takes first GP2 win in Valencia

The ART driver and Sauber Formula 1 reserve pounced on a mistake by polesitter Josef Kral (Arden) under braking for Turn 2 at a restart to take the lead. From there he took a few laps to settle down, before easing away from the chasing pack.

Luiz Razia also passed Kral on the restart, but the AirAsia driver could not hang onto the race leader. In the end, he did a solid job of keeping championship frontrunner Giedo van der Garde (Addax) at bay throughout the race.

Van der Garde made his way up from seventh to fourth on the opening lap, and on lap four he and Dani Clos were past Kral, who would later spin out.

The race remained pretty static at the front until the closing stages, when fourth-placed Clos' Racing Engineering car started to lose pace. AirAsia's Davide Valsecchi made easy work of the Spaniard three laps from the end, while Michael Herck (Coloni) failed with an attack on the final lap to move up from sixth.

Gutierrez's team-mate Jules Bianchi charged from 24th on the grid to seventh, just missing out on the points. The Frenchman was given a scare as he out-dragged Kevin Mirocha to the line though, as the Ocean driver made a dangerous swerve towards him in a last ditch attempt to keep the place.

Championship leader Romain Grosjean's race lasted only five corners. The DAMS driver made contact with two cars under braking for Turn 2, and then spun into the path of Rodolfo Gonzalez and Charles Pic three corners later to bring out the safety car.

Results - 23 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Esteban Gutierrez ART 43m34.905s 2. Luiz Razia AirAsia + 12.995s 3. Giedo van der Garde Addax + 13.842s 4. Davide Valsecchi AirAsia + 26.633s 5. Dani Clos Racing Engineering + 30.130s 6. Michael Herck Coloni + 30.374s 7. Jules Bianchi ART + 34.651s 8. Kevin Mirocha Ocean + 34.677s 9. Julian Leal Rapax + 36.728s 10. Pal Varhaug DAMS + 37.615s 11. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 40.932s 12. Sam Bird iSport + 42.599s 13. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering + 44.840s 14. Fabio Leimer Rapax + 46.014s 15. Luca Filippi Super Nova + 46.777s 16. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova + 57.433s 17. Johnny Cecotto Ocean + 1m08.309s 18. Alvaro Parente Carlin + 1m11.936s Retirements: Stefano Coletti Trident 21 laps Kevin Ceccon Coloni 21 laps Josef Kral Arden 14 laps Jolyon Palmer Arden 14 laps Max Chilton Carlin 3 laps Charles Pic Addax 0 laps Romain Grosjean DAMS 0 laps Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident 0 laps 
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