Piccione Wins Dramatic Race 2

Clivio Piccione has taken an astonishing win ahead of Adam Carroll and Nelson Piquet Jr in race two at the Nurburgring, after the most dramatic race yet in the GP2 series

Piccione Wins Dramatic Race 2

Despite a poor start from second on the grid, the Monegasque driver ran with the lead pack for the whole race, and took the chances presented to him by others' misfortunes to claim his first win this year.

Gianmaria Bruni led the pack away from pole and looked untouchable - Piquet had an attempt at passing him into turn one but ran wide, allowing Neel Jani through into second while Bruni ran away from his pursuers.

One lap later Jose Maria Lopez made an ill-advised attempt to pass Nicolas Lapierre at the first turn, tapping the Frenchman across the corner and into teammate Heikki Kovalainen. Alex Premat had nowhere to go and hit Lopez, who limped back to the pits for repairs, but the other three were out of the race.

Bruni continued to pull away from Jani, who was at the front of a tight battle for second - he had Piquet, Piccione, Nico Rosberg, Giorgio Pantano and a fast starting Adam Carroll split by just two seconds.

But heartbreak was just around the corner - on lap 16, with a lead of over six seconds, Bruni slowed with a gearbox problem and was devoured by the chasing pack, limping back to the pits and an early retirement.

With Bruni gone, Jani was now in the lead, and the gap from first to sixth was a mere 1.6 seconds. With their tyres now thoroughly grained in, the overtaking began in earnest, with all of the drivers behind Jani overtaking and then being re-passed as the laps rolled down.

On lap twenty Piccione saw his chance and took it - with Jani's brakes starting to suffer, Piccione snuck inside the Swiss driver into the first turn and drove off into an unassailable lead, while Jani struggled on with an ill-handling car.

Two laps later Jani was into the pits to replace his left front tyre and all of his hard work was for nothing, while on track the overtaking continued until the end.

And as the flag dropped, Piccione was overjoyed at his good fortune - he was strongly ahead of Carroll, who found a way to drive from 21st on the grid to second at the end, with Piquet and Rosberg nose to tail immediately behind him.

Pantano, who dropped off the battle with one lap to go, was overtaken on the last lap by Sergio Hernandez and Ferdinando Monfardini for the final points paying positions, while Scott Speed was well outside of the top six but claimed two points for the fastest lap.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Piccione Durango 42:42.210 2. Carroll Super Nova International + 6.861 3. Piquet Jr. Hitech Piquet Sports + 7.487 4. Rosberg ART Grand Prix + 7.727 5. Hernandez Campos Racing + 14.867 6. Monfardini Durango + 17.270 7. Pantano Super Nova International + 21.005 8. Pla DPR + 22.896 9. Sharp DPR + 35.319 10. Fauzy DAMS + 56.231 11. Viso BCN Competicion + 80.910 12. Speed iSport International + 1 Lap 13. Jani Racing Engineering + 2 Laps 14. Lopez DAMS + 2 Laps 15. Alvarez Campos Racing + 2 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Artam iSport International 17 Bruni Coloni Motorsport 16 Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports 6 Kovalainen Arden International 2 Lapierre Arden International 1 Premat ART Grand Prix 1 Lauda Coloni Motorsport 1 Yoshimoto BCN Competicion - Fastest Lap: Speed, iSport International, 1:43.853 Championship Standings, Round 4 (race 7): Drivers' Championship Teams' Championship 1. Kovalainen 38 1. Arden International 42 2. Speed 29 2. Super Nova International 38 3. Carroll 28 3. ART Grand Prix 33 4. Bruni 27 = iSport International 31 5. Rosberg 21 5. Coloni Motorsport 30 6. Piquet Jr. 18 6. Hitech Piquet Sports 19 7. Lopez 17 7. DAMS 17 8. Jani 13 8. Racing Engineering 13 9. Premat 12 9. Durango 9 10. Pantano 10 10. DPR 4 11. Piccione 8 = Campos Racing 3 12. Lapierre 4 12. BCN Competicion 2 13. Hernandez 3 = Lauda 3 14. Pla 2 = Artam 2 = Sharp 2 = Viso 2 18. Negaro 1 
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