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Abu Dhabi: Rapax race 2 report

Luiz Razia, 2nd Pastor Maldonado, 10th The 2010 GP2 Main Series season ended today at Abu Dhabi, as the second race of the weekend brought the Rapax team to hit the main target set at the start of the event. The Italian squad managed to clinch...

Luiz Razia, 2nd
Pastor Maldonado, 10th

The 2010 GP2 Main Series season ended today at Abu Dhabi, as the second race of the weekend brought the Rapax team to hit the main target set at the start of the event. The Italian squad managed to clinch the teams championship, pairing the title won among drivers by Pastor Maldonado at Monza and proving once again to have topped this season's GP2 game.

On Race 2 at Abu Dhabi, Luiz Razia scored a key second-place finish for both the Brazilian and the whole Rapax team, as the points scored proved vital in moving on the main rivals in the chase for the top. Razia went out of the first corner in 2nd place, and managed to retain the spot under the checkered flag despite the pressure made by experienced Romain Grosjean, and the proximity to the leading car of Valsecchi. Luiz pushed hard during the second half of the race, but couldn't get to pass the Italian.

The day of Pastor Maldonado was conditioned by his bad starting spot. Nevertheless, Pastor did not make a single mistake, and climbed back up to the 10th spot. Next week, teams and drivers will enter a collective test at Paul Ricard, the first featuring the new 2011-2013 Dallara GP2 racecar. Then, Rapax will be back at Abu Dhabi for another test, set to be run with the current cars.

Luiz Razia. "I'm really satisfied with my race today. At the start, I had to fend off the attacks of Grosjean, and honestly I didn't know where Valsecchi came out from. At the first corner I lost control a bit, but I kept second place, and tried to challenge Davide. I've never had a true chance to make a move on him, but it's ok either way, as I'm really glad to have handed my team the points needed to win the title. That really made me happy, turning this season's finale into a really special occasion".

Pastor Maldonado. "Today's race won't end up among the ones I'll remember for a lifetime, but it's no big deal indeed. I wanted to celebrate the team's title and we did it. I think Rapax deserved it, for the great job done since the winter tests. I want to say a big thank you for the huge support they gave me. I'll remember this season forever."

-source: rapax

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