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GP Week : 01-Sep-2009
NICO Hulkenberg could become the rst driver in GP2 history to wrap up the title before the nal weekend of the season in Monza in two weeks time, after extending his title lead to 27 points at Spa-Francorchamps. The German recorded another podium finish in the weekend's first race, and despite not finishing the second race, his main rival Vitaly Petrov was able to take just one point home from Belgium. The first race was all about Alvaro Parente, right, and the Ocean Racing Technology team. The Portuguese driver recorded his and the team's first ever pole position on Friday, in only the eighth weekend of main series competition for the rookie squad. The team, in its former incarnation as BCN, had never won a race in GP2, but Parente made amends on Saturday, never looking troubled despite numerous Safety Car periods. The win, and the fastest lap, belonged to Parente to set him up for what could have been a perfect weekend. Second position in the first race went to Hulkenberg, who has learned how to race within himself to do only as much as he needs to take the title, and when Petrov's engine blew half way through the race it took the Russian's realistic shot at the championship with it. Hulkenberg rode out the race for second, with Lucas di Grassi third. With Petrov out of the points and out of luck, Sunday's race was going to be tough for him. However, out of the championship contenders, he was the only one to finish in the points, no thanks to the efforts of his new team-mate Davide Valsecchi. Hulkenberg's race was over at the first corner as Dani Clos left his braking far too late, and clattered into the championship leader, taking him out on the spot. As for di Grassi, an over- zealous move on pole sitter Edoardo Mortara, whose car had been damaged in an earlier altercation with Pastor Maldonado, put both himself and the Italian out. Both Clos and di Grassi have been handed ten-place grid penalties for their moments of madness. Parente was hoping for a perfect weekend, but his shot at taking a second win went up in smoke when his engine blew after just a few laps. It was Giedo van der Garde who took the race win, leaping into the lead at the start and never looking back to record his second Sunday victory of the season. He was followed home by Roldan Rodriguez and Diego Nunes, van der Garde's team-mate, in third for iSport's best result of the season. Petrov eventually finished sixth, but only after being held up by his team-mate Valsecchi who almost took him out on a number of occasions. With a 27 point lead going into the penultimate race weekend of the year at Monza in two weeks time, it is thus Nico Hulkenberg who holds the advantage and the prospect of wrapping up the title before the final race weekend of the year. Since taking his first podium of the year in Monaco, he has improved with every race and there seems no stopping the man who may yet rewrite the GP2 record books before his now seemingly certain graduation to Formula 1 in 2010. GP2: Champion in waiting Not even a DNF could stop Nico Hulkenberg from extending his championship lead in Belgium ... 28