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Asia: Abu Dhabi II: Ocean Racing Tech race 2 report

Ocean Racing Technology shines in the heart of the Abu Dhabi night Chilton again in the points once again The second night race in Abu Dhabi brought further satisfaction and frustration for Ocean Racing Technology. The Portuguese GP2 team ...

Ocean Racing Technology shines in the heart of the Abu Dhabi night Chilton again in the points once again

The second night race in Abu Dhabi brought further satisfaction and frustration for Ocean Racing Technology. The Portuguese GP2 team finished in the points once again, thanks to Max Chilton, however they also recorded another DNF for Fabio Leimer, once again due to mechanical problems.

A superb 8th in the first race, Max Chilton started race two from pole position, the eighteen year old racer didn't manage to get the best start and lost several places in the first turn as a result. Thereafter his race pace was convincing and regular and Max resisted attacks from much more experienced drivers for the majority of the race to finish in 6th place, ahead of Jules Bianchi. He now leaves Abu Dhabi satisfied to have secured some very invaluable experience for the 2010 season. "I was always fighting positions during the race, running with several cars ahead and behind me, I had to attack and to defend at the same time which never helps in clocking fast laps, which was our aim. I knew the night would be tough because I have only just begun my learning phase in the GP2 Series. I didn't want to take any risks in the last few laps and made sure I secured 6th place. It was a good weekend and I'm looking forward to Bahrain, I'm sure together with Ocean Racing Technology we will improve," declared the 18 year old.

Meanwhile teammate Fabio Leimer endured a hard race. The Swiss racer started 23rd on the grid but was straight on the pace that enabled him to climb up close to the top ten. During the course of the race he was one of the most vigorous drivers on the track, often involved in some of the finest fights, however he was forced to retire with just five laps remaining due to another engine failure. "Except for the practice sessions, complications kept harassing me this weekend. The start of the second race was promising and the car was working just fine. But then it started to slow down. I tried to counteract this loss of speed but it became harder and harder to do so and in the end it was impossible to keep going under decent conditions. Abu Dhabi was not nice to me because we could not gather all the pieces of the puzzle together but I think it will be different in Bahrain," concluded Leimer.

The GP2 Asia Series will enter into its second half on the 26th of February in Bahrain. The Sakhir International Circuit will host the two final rounds of the season, the finale taking place as part of the season opening Formula One Grand Prix. Ocean Racing Technology is now 5th in the Teams' championship.

Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes' team, which has only just started its second year in the GP2 Series, continues to gather valuable data and experience aimed at playing a key role in Ocean Racing Technology's performance in the near future.

-source: ort

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Series GP2
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Fabio Leimer , Max Chilton , Jules Bianchi