Lopez Wins Eventful Race Two

Jose Maria Lopez won an action-packed second race in Barcelona from third on the grid, keeping his head while those around him were losing theirs

Lopez Wins Eventful Race Two

Lopez lined up immediately behind pole-sitter Xandi Negrao, who stalled as the drivers moved off on their warm up lap, relegating him to the back of the grid and handing a clear run to Lopez, who duly sailed by front row driver Adam Carroll for the lead at turn one.

Behind him Championship leader Heikki Kovalainen sat despondent on the grid, having stalled at the start and been left behind. As his competitors came around for the first lap Lopez was leading Carroll, Nelson Piquet, Scott Speed and Neel Jani, while right behind them Gianmaria Bruni moved inside to take the next spot across the line from Fairuz Fauzy.

Bruni was on a charge, setting fastest lap as a queue formed behind the man he had just passed, but up front Lopez was pulling away, leading comfortable from Carroll who was starting to be put under pressure by Piquet.

On lap five Alexandre Premat ran wide at the last turn and found the edge of the gravel, which unsettled his car and pitched him around and backwards into the pit wall heavily, prompting a safety car period to clean up the resultant debris.

At the restart the front three were away smoothly but a huge fight was on for fourth - Speed, Jani and Bruni were three wide down the front straight but they couldn't all fit through turn one - Bruni was the man who lost out in the move, finishing his race in the gravel at the end of the straight.

The former poleman Negrao was trying to make up for lost time, but a move up the inside of Can Artam was over optimistic - Artam was stopped on the edge of the track after the collision, with Negrao running deep across the gravel.

Ryan Sharp and Nico Rosberg spent most of the race swapping fastest laps, with the latter pushing to get a points finish. His hard work paid off when finally found a way past Fauzy after a three lap battle to move up to sixth.

Up front Lopez was sailing serenely on, but the fight for second was hotting up with former Formula Three competitors Carroll and Piquet pushing each other hard in the closing stages of the race.

On the final lap Carroll looked to have done enough to hold second, but Piquet put his nose up the inside of the Ulsterman at turn ten and pitched him into a spin. Piquet slowed but continued on, with Speed closing up on the Brazilian while behind them Carroll spun back around to get going again, slowing up Jani just enough to allow Rosberg to find a way past the pair.

Ahead of them all Lopez crossed the line to great applause from the Spanish crowd, while Piquet gained a controversial first GP2 podium just ahead of Speed, with Rosberg, Jani and Carroll taking the final three points finishes.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Lopez DAMS 30:10.213 2. Piquet Jr. Hitech Piquet Sports + 2.969 3. Speed iSport International + 3.279 4. Rosberg ART Grand Prix + 7.780 5. Jani Racing Engineering + 10.215 6. Carroll Super Nova International + 11.240 7. Fauzy DAMS + 18.379 8. Piccione Durango + 18.943 9. Lapierre Arden International + 19.692 10. Garcia Racing Engineering + 21.228 11. Monfardini Durango + 24.249 12. Alvarez Campos Racing + 24.661 13. Lauda Coloni Motorsport + 25.993 14. Pantano Super Nova International + 26.502 15. Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports + 30.358 16. Sharp DPR + 35.475 17. Yoshimoto BCN Competicion + 1 Lap 18. Hernandez Campos Racing + 2 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On lap Artam iSport International 12 Bruni Coloni Motorsport 9 Premat ART Grand Prix 5 Pla DPR 2 Kovalainen Arden International 1 Viso BCN Competicion 1 Fastest Lap: Sharp, 1:26.251, lap 17 Championship Standings, Round 2, Race 2: Drivers' Championship Constructors' Championship 1. Kovalainen 20 1. Arden International 24 2. Speed 20 2. iSport International 20 3. Bruni 18 3. Coloni Motorsport 18 4. Lopez 17 4. DAMS 17 5. Carroll 13 5. ART Grand Prix 13 6. Piquet Jr. 10 6. Super Nova International 13 7. Jani 10 7. Hitech Piquet Sports 11 8. Premat 7 8. Racing Engineering 10 9. Rosberg 6 9. DPR 4 10. Lapierre 4 = BCN Competicion 2 11. Pla 2 12. Viso 2 13. Negaro 1 
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