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Perez dominates Silverstone sprint

Sergio Perez wins at SilverstoneSergio Perez got his season back on track with a crushing win for Addax in the GP2 Series sprint race at Silverstone.

The Mexican passed Davide Valsecchi and his iSport team-mate Oliver Turvey in the opening phase of the race and immediately left the rest of the field behind, routinely posting laps more than a second quicker than his rivals to finally cross the line with a margin of 15.7 seconds.

Polesitter Turvey managed to hold on for second, earning himself his first GP2 main series podium. He had become the local crowd's only realistic hope of a home podium after ART's Sam Bird was prevented from taking the start by an engine failure on an installation lap.

Turvey's result did not come easily. He saw off Valsecchi without difficulty, but soon found himself under pressure from Racing Engineering's Dani Clos, who had made good progress from sixth on the grid. The Spaniard launched several attacks but never managed to find a way though, and after seeing off a late challenge from Pastor Maldonado (Rapax), settled for third.

Valsecchi, meanwhile, seemed to be struggling for pace and steadily dropped down the order, losing fifth to ART's Jules Bianchi at Abbey with a couple of laps remaining. He hung on to claim the final point for sixth.

Pos  Driver               Team                   Time/Gap
 1.  Sergio Perez         Barwa Addax          35m54.531s
 2.  Oliver Turvey        iSport                + 15.386s
 3.  Dani Clos            Racing Engineering    + 15.997s
 4.  Pastor Maldonado     Rapax                 + 16.426s
 5.  Jules Bianchi        ART                   + 17.600s
 6.  Davide Valsecchi     iSport                + 21.767s
 7.  Giedo van der Garde  Barwa Addax           + 22.752s
 8.  Charles Pic          Arden                 + 24.207s
 9.  Luca Filippi         Super Nova            + 24.483s
10.  Christian Vietoris   Racing Engineering    + 25.057s
11.  Jerome D'Ambrosio    DAMS                  + 25.853s
12.  Giacomo Ricci        DPR                   + 25.977s
13.  Fabio Leimer         Ocean                 + 30.192s
14.  Michael Herck        DPR                   + 30.507s
15.  Ho-Pin Tung          DAMS                  + 30.903s
16.  Luiz Razia           Rapax                 + 45.728s
17.  Vlado Arabadzhiev    Coloni                + 48.713s
18.  Marcus Ericsson      Super Nova            + 49.956s
19.  Max Chilton          Ocean                 + 50.214s
20.  Rodolfo Gonzalez     Arden                 + 55.456s
21.  Adrian Zaugg         Trident             + 1m19.313s
22.  Alberto Valerio      Coloni                  + 1 lap


    Johnny Cecotto       Trident             19 laps
    Sam Bird             ART                 0 laps
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