Five times British F3 race winner Bruno Senna powered his way to his first ever GP2 win in Barcelona, making full use of a chaotic start to the race to switch pit strategies and outfox poleman Timo Glock in the closing stages of an frantic first race at the Spanish Grand Prix event.
A multicar accident involving, amongst others, reigning British F3 Champion Mike Conway, allowed some of the front runners still circulating to take on fresh tyres early in the race and Bruno Senna certainly benefited from the strategy.
Timo Glock made a tremendous restart when the racers were released, easily pulling away from Adrian Zaugg, while behind him Senna was wasting no time in moving up the grid. An accident at the mid point of the race for Zaugg saw Senna promoted to 2nd ahead of Lucas di Grassi and 19 seconds behind the leader.
All eyes were on the front of the race to see which of the leading pair would blink first. Glock and Senna were pulling away from di Grassi in third, but there was nothing between the pair: Glock may have had a fractional advantage, but time was getting away and he still needed to make a stop.
On lap 27 it came, and the timing screens relayed the story: as he rolled into the pits Glock was 19.2 seconds ahead of Senna, who in turn had a 5.7 second gap back to di Grassi, but an incredibly fast 2 tyre stop wasn’t enough and next time round the lead read Senna 7.9 seconds ahead of di Grassi, who was 7.4 seconds ahead of Glock.
Senna had enough left in his tyres to hold on for the win, five seconds ahead of a fast charging Glock who had passed di Grassi in the closing stages of the race.
Senna followed this up with a 4th place in Race 2 behind Glock, Villa and Di Grassi. The 13 points from the two places has put Bruno Senna in second place in the championship standings, 13 points behind Timo Glock. The enxt races will be held on the streets of Monaco in two weeks time.
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