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Istanbul: Racing Engineering race two report

Pole, fastest lap and victory for Lucas Di Grassi! Fat Burner Racing Engineering's Lucas Di Grassi claimed his first victory of the season today at Istanbul Park after leading the GP2 sprint race from start to finish. His teammate Dani Clos...

Pole, fastest lap and victory for Lucas Di Grassi!

Fat Burner Racing Engineering's Lucas Di Grassi claimed his first victory of the season today at Istanbul Park after leading the GP2 sprint race from start to finish. His teammate Dani Clos came close to get his first points of the season, but had to settle for 7th.

Both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers had great races at Istanbul Park this morning. Lucas, starting from pole position, kept his place at the start and led the field into turn 1. He then proceeded to keep out of reach the others for the rest of the race. Dani, on the other hand, once again, convinced with a superb start from 12th which saw him gaining five positions.

During the 23 lap race, Lucas kept a steady pace and was soon setting the best lap times, opening a gap that none of the other drivers were able to reduce. With no one in front, the Brazilian driver cruised home to get his first win of the 2009 season. After a couple of intense opening laps, Dani completed a trouble free race showing a steady and competitive rhythm, making the best out of a weekend which starting off on the wrong foot. The Spanish driver was able to finish Sunday's race in 7th position, just one place from scoring his first points in GP2.

Lucas Di Grassi: I am very happy! For the first time since the season started everything went fine. After yesterday's race with a lot of action, everything was really perfect today. The team did a brilliant job and the car was very good. Now I am looking forward to more wins this season!

Dani Clos: I made a really good start and had a great position to approach the first corner. The opening laps of the race were quite intense and afterwards nobody made a mistake. We were all running at more or less the same speed, so there was no possibility to overtake, but I could maintain my position as well. Overall this was a tough weekend for me with what happened on Friday, but we were able to make the best out of it. I am happy with the performance in both races. Although we weren't able to start the weekend as expected, everything went fine on Saturday and Sunday. I am really happy with the team and already looking forward to the next races at Silverstone.

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Team's President: Well done! This was a fantastic race from Lucas and the first of many wins of the season. I would also like to congratulate Dani for finishing 7th after starting Saturday's race from last position. He raced brilliantly and I hope to see more from him during the season. Thanks also to all the boys for having made these results possible, for their great work, which was once more impeccable.

-credit: re

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Series GP2
Drivers Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering