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Monaco: Addax Team race 1 report

GREAT VICTORY FOR SERGIO PEREZ IN MONACO. GIEDO VAN DER GARDE ALSO FINISHES IN THE POINTS,6th. BARWA ADDAX TEAM DRIVER DOMINATES RACE FROM START TO FINISH. Sergio Perez dominated the GP2 Series first race, which took place today at the street...

GREAT VICTORY FOR SERGIO PEREZ IN MONACO. GIEDO VAN DER GARDE ALSO FINISHES IN THE POINTS,6th.

BARWA ADDAX TEAM DRIVER DOMINATES RACE FROM START TO FINISH.

Sergio Perez dominated the GP2 Series first race, which took place today at the street circuit of Monaco. His team-mate at Barwa Addax Team, Giedo van der Garde also made a great fightback and finished in a creditable sixth position.

Sergio Perez dominated proceedings from start to finish and the Mexican driver , after a perfect start made absolutely sure that there was only going to be one winner today. Sergio started from second on the starting grid, just 33 thousandths of a second behind pole position. After a flying start, he took the lead before the end of the first straight and from this moment on he set a race rhythm which pulled him away from all his rivals. The only thing that troubled him was the safety car on lap fifteen . He had built up a lead of 9 seconds over his closest rival and the problem was he hadn't as yet made his pit stop, with compulsory change of tyres. The Barwa Addax Team reacted quickly and carried out their pit stop perfectly, which meant they held on to the lead. As soon as the race got under way again, Sergio started to pull away once more from the rest of the field, including the fastest lap time on lap 25. In the last few laps he slowed down so as not to take any risks and ensure victory. He even had to fend off attacks from a rival considered to be the King of Monaco in the last few seasons.

Giedo van der Garde, had set the twelfth fastest time in qualification and on a circuit that is so difficult to overtake, he managed to climb to sixth at the chequered flag, which meant picking up his first points of this season's campaign. It also guarantees a great start position for tomorrow, as he begins from third. Giedo has driven a fine race, considering the handicap of being in the middle of the main peloton of drivers with very little opportunity of making any improvement. The safety car jeopardized his progress, but both van der Garde and Barwa Addax Team were able to react efficiently enough so that he did not lose his position in the race. He is very hopeful for tomorrow's second race because, if nothing strange happens, he will have every opportunity to show his true capacity in the race and thereby consolidate his progress in this year's championship.

Sergio Perez having made history here in Monaco has also taken the overall lead in the driver's championship and Giedo has kept his twelfth position but with his first points in the bag. Barwa Addax Team has made a big jump in the overall team standings and has moved up to second overall in the team classifications. The team and drivers are now in their rightful place in the overall rankings particularly considering that this is the second year running they have won at the legendary Monaco circuit.

Tomorrow's intriguing race will start at 16.10 hrs, with Giedo starting from the third position and Sergio eighth on the grid after their race positions had been inverted.

-source: trident racing

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Series GP2
Drivers Giedo van der Garde , Sergio Perez