Pantano takes first win in Magny-Cours sprint

As it was yesterday with Timo Glock, GP2 Series today had another debut winner: this time it was Giorgio Pantano in the Magny-Cours sprint race in Magny-Cours, with a half second victory over Nelson A. Piquet at the chequered flag. Alexandre...

As it was yesterday with Timo Glock, GP2 Series today had another debut winner: this time it was Giorgio Pantano in the Magny-Cours sprint race in Magny-Cours, with a half second victory over Nelson A. Piquet at the chequered flag. Alexandre Premat repeated his race one podium at this, his home event.

Pantano's victory was also the first one for Giancarlo Fisichella as team owner -- a win he shares with his FMS International co-owner Paolo Coloni.

"This made me so happy because it is not since 2003 that I have been on the top of the podium, and I was starting to think what's happening, why am I not going back to the top? This team is great - they are good, we are good, and we just have to put everything together", stated the happy winner.

With a clear strategy of attack, Pantano push hard from his third place on the grid to take over the lead from Lucas Di Grassi on the second lap of the competition.

The Italian needed 40:55.810 to complete the 28 race-lap distance with a gap of just 0.500 over Piquet at the end.

Piquet closed a fine weekend, in which he was able to cut some of the points difference with Lewis Hamilton in the championship, and took the podium he lost yesterday in the hands of Jose Maria Lopez.

"Giorgio did a very good race, and he deserved to win. If it were an ART car I would have tried a lot harder, maybe gone crazy in the last laps to try to overtake him at the last corner, but there was not reason to do it", were Piquet words after the podium ceremony.

French driver Premat took home another podium finish this season with another strong performance starting from sixth and taking the chequered flag 9.667 adrift of Pantano.

"To be on the podium in both my home races is incredible and I'm so happy for all my fans, friends, sponsors team and family that we can celebrate here at Magny Cours. What a race!", Premat said.

Points places had yesterday's winner Glock in fourth place with iSport International, right ahead of standings leader Hamilton, who completed a great race in reaching a top-five result from 19th on the grid, while Di Grassi claimed the last unit in sixth.

After the French round, the GP2 championship is now more interesting with Hamilton and Piquet split by just 14 points, 70 for the Brit and 56 for the Brazilean. Premat still has expectations with 49 points, while the dispute is tight for Glock, now fourth with 27, to the tenth place in standings owned by Gianmaria Bruni with 20 units.

The action for GP2 Series continues in two weeks time at the Hockenheim-Ring in Germany, from July 28th to 30th.

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Gianmaria Bruni , Giorgio Pantano , Lewis Hamilton , Alexandre Prémat , Timo Glock , Jose Maria Lopez