Ammermuller snatches sprint victory in Valencia

Michael Ammermuller achieved today the sprint race GP2 Series sprint race victory, the opening round held in Valencia, Spain. Ammermuller left behind Venezuelan racer, Ernesto Viso, and Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre to take the final podium...

Michael Ammermuller achieved today the sprint race GP2 Series sprint race victory, the opening round held in Valencia, Spain. Ammermuller left behind Venezuelan racer, Ernesto Viso, and Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre to take the final podium spots.

A fantastic start was the key to the German driver success because it was where he beat Viso, poleman for today's race after he finished eighth in yesterday's race one.

From that point, Ammermuller started to push hard and built a good difference over his rivals that allowed him to snatched his first GP2 win in his debut weekend.

"I had a really good start and then I was leading for 29 laps, so it was a really long race but I didn't make any mistakes. And the team worked really well, and they gave me a really good car, and that's why I won", noted the winner.

Despite being in the lead in only his second series race, the German stayed cool, one of the keys to claim the victory in circuit Ricardo Tormo of Valencia. "I wasn't thinking about winning the race, because I know in the back there were some quite good drivers, and so I wasn't sure until twenty laps and I was just pushing all the time. Only for the last ten laps was I thinking about winning the race", he said.

Viso wasn't able to stay close to the German and crossed the chequered flag after 28 laps at 9s756 of the winner. A result that meant the first podium for the Venezuelan with iSport International. Not a bad way of start the season.

The start complicated Viso`s chances to the victory as he explained it: "It was just my fault. Ammermuller made a good start, and mine just wasn't as good as his, so he just went ahead. It was not about my reaction or anything, but I got too much wheel spin and I couldn't get away as fast as him".

After he lost the lead in the beginning, to keep Lapierre behind him became the main target for the iSport driver. "It was hard, it was all about having the concentration and keeping my line when I needed to do it. He's a very good guy, and he was trying to get by me everywhere, he was quicker than me, but he just couldn't get past me," the Venezuelan commented.

Lapierre's third place gave him the chance to join his teammate Ammermuller in the podium and close a great journey over the weekend for Arden International.

The French racer tried everything to get second place during the race, but the concentration and experience of Viso made it an impossible mission for Lapierre. "It was quite difficult because we were quite a lot quicker than him - I think he was about five or six tenths slower so it was quite a big difference. I could see Michael going away and we have the same car, so I think I should have had the same pace as him," Lapierre stated.

Yesterday`s winner, Nelson A. Piquet, took final fourth after he initiated the race from eighth, while Triden Racing driver, Gianmaria Bruni, and ART Grand Prix`s Lewis Hamilton completed the top six places.

Yesterday's winner, Nelson A. Piquet, took fourth after he initiated the race from eighth and left Spain as the standings leader with 13 units. Gianmaria Bruni and Lewis Hamilton, second in championship with 9 units, completed the top six places.

GP2`s first round in 2006 is now history as the series gets ready for Imola, Italy on April 21st to 23rd. The teams and drivers have two weeks to make analysis and conclusions, work hard and arrive ready for another battle in the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Gianmaria Bruni , Lewis Hamilton , Nicolas Lapierre , Ernesto Viso , Michael Ammermüller
Teams ART Grand Prix