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Valencia SC: Barwa Addax race two report

This morning we have been treated to another magnificent race, in the GP2 Series, at the urban circuit of Valencia, in which the main players were the same as those who made up yesterday's podium. Vitaly Petrov fought back well to finish in third...

This morning we have been treated to another magnificent race, in the GP2 Series, at the urban circuit of Valencia, in which the main players were the same as those who made up yesterday's podium. Vitaly Petrov fought back well to finish in third place and Davide Valsecchi was forced to retire due to mechanical problems.

Vitaly fought back from the eighth place from which he started, after having won yesterday's first race, to finish third on the rostrum. It was feat of merit considering how difficult it is to overtake on this circuit, but as always the Russian gave us thrilling moments in his fight for second place. The leader of the event was left way out in front, after an incident at the head of the race, on the second corner, with the first two drivers forced to retire. Petrov was affected by the incident at the start and had to fight hard to force his way back into the race, finally managing to get to third position. Even though he pressured Sergio Perez throughout the later stages of the race, his rival held up the Barwa Addax Team driver, ensuring a comfortable victory for the race leader.

Davide Valsecchi was unlucky right at the start of the race and was forced to retire with steering problems. It's a shame that the Italian driver was unable to drive these laps and consolidate his grid position, at the same getting in valuable racing time, which would have helped him get used to the new car and the team. He will have another opportunity to show what he can offer in Spa.

In the overall drivers championship, Vitaly Petrov moves up to second place and each race shows his fine vein of form, being the only driver capable of giving the leader a run for his money in the overall rankings, as both drivers begin to pull away from the rest. Petrov and Barwa Addax Team have had a very good weekend, with two podium finishes and have won in Valencia, on home soil, for the third year running. Romain Grosjean remains third overall, even though he no longer competes in the GP2 Series.

In the race for the team title we have a similar situation. Both Barwa Addax Team and ART have pulled away from the rest and have such a big advantage, it seems clear that they will be having their own private battle for the constructor's championship. Nevertheless, Alejandro Agag's team has the handicap of having to change driver, and Davide Valsecchi will obviously need time to adapt, before he can start picking up points, to help the team's cause, now that Romain Grosjean has moved up to Formula 1.

The next event will be the eighth of the current season and will take place at the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, next weekend, between the 28th and the 30th of August.

-credit: ba

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Series GP2
Drivers Davide Valsecchi , Vitaly Petrov , Sergio Perez , Romain Grosjean