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Valencia: Lucas di Grassi race two report

Lucas di Grassi GP2 2007 Vice Champion With 77 points, one win and six podiums, Lucas di Grassi finished second of the GP2 Series 2007 Championship after a difficult showdown in Valencia this weekend. The Brazilian Renault Driver Development...

Lucas di Grassi GP2 2007 Vice Champion

With 77 points, one win and six podiums, Lucas di Grassi finished second of the GP2 Series 2007 Championship after a difficult showdown in Valencia this weekend.

The Brazilian Renault Driver Development squad member started from 23rd today after he retired from the previous race. His rival, Timo Glock, who had finished 7th in the Saturday started from the second place on the reversed grid. In order to beat the German and keep hope at snatching the crown, Lucas knew that he had to score five more points than the iSport driver. It seemed to be mission impossible, but nonetheless Lucas wanted to fight until the end.

He made a brilliant start and overtook ten cars in the first two laps. In the meantime, Glock took the lead of the race. Lucas landed on 13th place right behind the German's team-mate, Zuber. On a narrow track, Lucas spent the end of the sprint race stuck behind the iSport driver and he finished the last race of the 2007 in thirteenth position.

Lucas di Grassi ended second of the drivers' championship, 11 points behind the winner. He was declared GP2 2007 Vice Champion.

Lucas di Grassi (ART): "Tonight, I am really sad that I did not get the title. I wanted it more than anything. However, iSport did a great job this year and Timo deserves his title. They were a little bit stronger than we were. That's that. Timo was leading so I took some risks and they didn't pay off. But the disappointment I'm feeling tonight must not make me forget all the hard work that I put in this season: I scored six podiums and one win. Out of the 87 points of ART this season, I scored 77 of them and they ended up second in the constructors' championship. I wish I could have offered them the driver's crown."

-credit: rdd

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