Charles Pic Wins Again.Van Der Garde Climbs Up To 9Th.
Barwa Addax Team At The Top Of The Classification.
Charles Pic drove to a second victory this season in the GP2 series today at the street circuit of Montecarlo. His team mate Giedo van der Garde finished 9th after having climbed ten places. Barwa Addax Team, clearly dominate the team championship after the having completed the first third of the championship.
Charles Pic, took control of the race from the start and led the event right to the very end of the race. He made a conservative start from his pole position, which he had earned in yesterday’s first race, but did enough to hold on to his lead and set a good race rhythm, despite all the incidents that were occurring on the circuit. Pic had to follow the safety car twice but was able to hold on to his nerves and from then on he got stronger and had no problems crossing the finishing line in first place. After this second victory, Charles Pic has become one of the clear favourites for the driver’s championship with real options of fighting it out for the title. Apart from being one of the quickest and most reliable drivers in the field, he is also the only driver who has been capable of winning two races this season and he would have been the only driver to score points in every race if it hadn’t been for the unfortunate incident at the start of the second race at Montmelo.
Giedo van der Garde, put on a show of driving ability and courage. He started from a lowly 19th position due to the fact that he had been forced to abandon the last race. Despite the difficulty of driving in the thick of the main peloton of drivers, a damaged front wing caused by contact at the start, very few opportunities for overtaking and with very little to drive for, Giedo, still managed to climb to 9th position at the end of the race. A great race without the reward of scoring points. The team unconditionally support the Dutch driver because he is constantly showing his class both as a driver and as a person in what have been adverse circumstances. He is always the first to put these things behind him despite the injustice.
Barwa Addax Team increase their lead over the second placed team to 12 points in the team championship and are now on 43 points. In the driver’s championship the differences have been greatly reduced. Charles Pic is now third overall on 22 puntos, only one point behind the leaders and Giedo van der Garde is fifth, only two points off the pace. The championship is set to be very exciting with both drivers of Barwa Addax fighting it out for the championship and with as much chance as any driver in the field.
The next event in the GP2 series will take place at the Valencia street circuit, Spain from 24th – 26th of June.
Barwa Addax Team would like to take the time out to send a warm heartfelt message to one of “our drivers”. Checo we hope you get better very soon, you are very special to all of us.