Piquet narrows title gap with win

Nelson Piquet jr scored in Turkey today his third straight GP2 win, also setting the fastest lap of the feature race, to narrow his deficit to championship leader Lewis Hamilton to just six points

Piquet narrows title gap with win

It was a comfortable win for Piquet, who led from start to finish. A charging performance from Hamilton took the Briton into second - and he was catching Piquet when his hopes of victory were blown by an overlong pitstop.

This allowed Piquet to cruise home a comfortable winner. Alex Premat made a lightning start to run second, but he could not match the leaders' pace and dropped back to third, crossing the line only narrowly ahead of Timo Glock, who drove a strong race after his pitstop to take fourth for iSport.

Lucas di Grassi ran as high as second during the pitstop phase, but fifth place was still an excellent return for the Durango driver in his most competitive showing of the year.

In the late stages, the best battle of significance was between Adam Carroll and Andy Zuber for sixth. Carroll just held on for Racing Engineering.

Eighth went to Piquet's teammate Xandi Negrao, and it is the Brazilian who will line up on pole for tomorrow's sprint race.

CLASSIFIED:

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time
 1.  Piquet Jr.    Piquet Sports             55:59.398
 2.  Hamilton      ART Grand Prix            +  17.879
 3.  Premat        ART Grand Prix            +  23.964
 4.  Glock         iSport International      +  24.590
 5.  Di Grassi     Durango                   +  36.882
 6.  Carroll       Racing Engineering        +  41.706
 7.  Zuber         Trident Racing            +  42.171
 8.  Negrao        Piquet Sports             +  49.170
 9.  Lopez         Super Nova International  +  56.946
10.  Filippi       BCN Competicion           +  63.677
11.  Hernandez     Durango                   +  69.515
12.  Perera        DAMS                      +  70.378
13.  Ammermueller  Arden International Ltd   +  72.278
14.  Lapierre      Arden International Ltd   +  72.427
15.  Villa         Racing Engineering        +  77.383
16.  Petrov        DPR                       +  83.863
17.  Tahinci       FMS International         +  93.817
18.  Monfardini    DAMS                      +  2 Laps
19.  Porteiro      Campos Racing             +  4 Laps

NOT CLASSIFIED

     Driver        Team                      Laps
     Yoshimoto     BCN Competicion            27
     Pantano       FMS International          13
     Piccione      DPR                        11
     Valles        Campos Racing               9
     Viso          iSport International        9
     Fauzy         Super Nova International    8
     Bruni         Trident Racing              6

Fastest lap: Piquet Jr, 1:36.334 on lap 26
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