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Bruni claims Saturday race at Imola

Starting from the pole position in his and his team's home race, Gianmaria Bruni claimed today race one of the GP2 Series weekend at the Imola racetrack of San Marino, round two of the championship. The two Arden International drivers, Michael ...

Starting from the pole position in his and his team's home race, Gianmaria Bruni claimed today race one of the GP2 Series weekend at the Imola racetrack of San Marino, round two of the championship. The two Arden International drivers, Michael Ammermuller and Nicolas Lapierre, completed the podium places.

The Italian gave Trident Racing their first victory in the series in their debut season -- a well deserved reason to celebrate for the 13th team to enter GP2.

Bruni completed the 37 laps around the circuit 'Enzo e Dino Ferrari', and added his second series victory, after the one he took last year in Catalunya, Spain.

"Today everything went the way it should have and I brought home a victory for which I thank the whole team. I dedicate this race to my friend Pietro Saitta, who passed away one month ago, this victory is for him", expressed Bruni.

About the race, the winner stated: "I maintained control and the lead throughout situation without any particular problem. Today was simply my day but if the team continues to work like this, I think we will see more days like this."

German racer Ammermuller, winner of the sprint race in Valencia's round, achieved second position after he started from ninth for today's competition. Ammermuller ended-up 10s907 from Bruni at the chequered flag. Lapierre won the French battle for the last podium step against his countryman Alexandre Premat, who ended up fourth.

Nelson A. Piquet was able to save a fifth place finish and keep like his leader condition in the standings. The Brazilean was followed in the point places by Ernesto Viso and both BCN drivers, Timo Glock and Hiroki Yoshimoto, who will initiate tomorrow's sprint race from pole position. Both second and third in the starting grid had a day to forget.

Argentinean Jose Maria Lopez quickly retired with clutch problems in his Super Nova after just one lap, while Lewis Hamilton, who ran second in the first part of the race, was black flagged for overtaking the safety car, after he suffered a drive through penalty for jumping the start.

The championship chase has Piquet as the leader with 20 points, closely followed by Bruni with 18 units. Both Arden drivers share third place with 16, while top six is filled with Hamilton and Viso, with 9.

In the teams' championship, Arden now leads over Piquet Sports, 32 to 20. Trident Racing is third with 18 points right in front of ART Grand Prix, with 14.

Due to a variety of reasons, only 13 of the 26 drivers that took the start were able to finish the race in Imola.

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Series GP2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Nicolas Lapierre , Alexandre Prémat , Timo Glock , Jose Maria Lopez , Ernesto Viso , Michael Ammermüller
Teams ART Grand Prix , Trident , Arden International