Piquet Jr cruises to race 1 victory

Nelson Piquet Jr cruised to victory in the opening round of the GP2 season at Valencia

Piquet Jr cruises to race 1 victory

The Piquet Sports driver made the most of his pole position and romped to his second GP2 career win - only conceding the lead during the pitstops. In the end, his winning margin was seconds, and he was never really threatened.

In the opening stages it was the fast-starting iSport car of Ernesto Viso who took the fight to Piquet, but he dropped back during the pitstop period, and it was ART driver Lewis Hamilton who claimed second.

Hamilton made a slow start from third on the grid but charged his way back into contention. Second came after teammate Alex Premat spun, the Frenchman had a torrid race, losing eighth - and race 2 pole - to Viso on the final lap.

Adrian Valles held second for a long period during the middle of the race, but lost out to the ART pair in the pits. Nonetheless, he recovered for third - Campos Racing's first GP2 podium.

Nicolas Lapierre starred, setting fastest lap on his way from 21st to fourth, while Gimmi Bruni gave Trident points on their debut, chasing Jose Maria Lopez all the way to the line for sixth.

Michael Ammermuller took seventh after a charging GP2 series debut for Arden.

CLASSIFIED:

Pos  Driver          Team                       Time
 1.  Piquet Jr.      Piquet Sports              1h 03:15.360
 2.  Hamilton        ART Grand Prix             +     16.655
 3.  Valles          Campos Racing              +     19.490
 4.  Lapierre        Arden International Ltd    +     31.309
 5.  Lopez           Super Nova International   +     33.526
 6.  Bruni           Trident Racing             +     33.994
 7.  Ammermueller    Arden International Ltd    +     35.387
 8.  Viso            iSport International       +     48.275
 9.  Premat          ART Grand Prix             +     53.028
10.  Pla             DPR                        +     59.040
11.  Perera          DAMS                       +   1:05.229
12.  Monfardini      DAMS                       +   1:11.427
13.  Negrao          Piquet Sports              +   1:11.719
14.  Carroll         Racing Engineering         +   1:14.261
15.  Fauzy           Super Nova International   +     1 Lap
16.  Glock           BCN Competicion            +     1 Lap
17.  Di Grassi       Durango                    +     1 Lap
18.  Villa           Racing Engineering         +     3 Laps

NOT CLASSIFIED:

     Driver          Team                      Laps
     Yoshimoto       BCN Competicion            27
     Zuber           Trident Racing             23
     Filippi         FMS International          15
     Porteiro        Campos Racing               7
     Hernandez       Durango                     4
     Gommendy        iSport International        2
     Piccione        DPR                         1
     Tahinci         FMS International           0

Fastest lap: Lapierre, 1:22.168 on lap 9
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