DPR's Giacomo Ricci took his first victory in the GP2 main series in today's sprint race at the Hungaroring.
The Italian started from pole and had the front row to himself after team-mate Michael Herck stalled on the dummy grid. He was challenged into the first corner by DAMS' Jerome d'Ambrosio, but once he had seen that off he was able to cruise to the flag to secure DPR's first main series win since Oliver Pla's victory in Germany in 2005.
D'Ambrosio had no answer to Ricci's pace, but the Belgian still looked good for second until his car developed a problem and he was forced to retire mid-way through the race. That opened the door for Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris to claim second place, the German having done a great job after starting from seventh on the grid, while iSport's Davide Valsecchi made a nice move down the inside of Giedo van der Garde (Addax) to secure third with three laps to go.
Oliver Turvey finished fifth for iSport ahead of Super Nova's Luca Filippi, the Italian taking his first point since returning to the series at Silverstone.
It was a tough race for the main title protagonists. Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) was black-flagged on lap seven for ignoring a black and orange warning flag after breaking his front wing, while Addax's Sergio Perez eliminated himself when an attempt to pass Valsecchi for fifth on the second lap resulted in contact.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Giacomo Ricci DPR 42m56.588s
2. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering + 7.097s
3. Davide Valsecchi iSport + 16.712s
4. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax + 19.708s
5. Oliver Turvey iSport + 20.655s
6. Luca Filippi Super Nova + 22.383s
7. Dani Clos Racing Engineering + 26.885s
8. Adrian Zaugg Trident + 30.078s
9. Charles Pic Arden + 31.327s
10. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova + 39.394s
11. Fabio Leimer Ocean + 40.610s
12. Alberto Valerio Coloni + 43.010s
13. Johnny Cecotto Trident + 49.669s
14. Vlado Arabadjiev Coloni + 57.900s
15. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden + 1m10.829s
16. Max Chilton Ocean + 1m11.873s
Jerome d'Ambrosio DAMS 12 laps
Sam Bird ART 9 laps
Michael Herck DPR 9 laps
Pastor Maldonado Rapax 6 laps
Luiz Razia Rapax 2 laps
Sergio Perez Barwa Addax 2 laps