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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