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Asia: Abu Dhabi: Ocean Racing Tech race two report

Alexander Rossi fights for the podium again Points and a big fright for Ocean Racing Technology in Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Technology lived through a very action packed day on the Abu Dhabi circuit on Sunday for the second race of the first...

Alexander Rossi fights for the podium again

Points and a big fright for Ocean Racing Technology in Abu Dhabi

Ocean Racing Technology lived through a very action packed day on the Abu Dhabi circuit on Sunday for the second race of the first round of the 2009 season of the GP2 Asia Series. The worst part was the fright in an accident where Fabio Leimer was the victim while the best was the second finish in the points for Alexander Rossi.

The young Swiss racer was struck at more than 130mph (200km/h) by the single-seater of William Bratt when he suffered brake failure at the end of the straight. Fortunately, the Englishman's contender hit him in the front of the car and not the cockpit or else things could have been a lot worse. Fabio was taken to the medical centre on the Yas Marina circuit in order to undergo a complete check up where doctors were able to confirm that he did not have any serious injuries. The driver admits that the accident was a fright for the entire team: "It was a heavy impact and I was shocked at the time of the crash. Everybody got scared when they saw the accident on TV but thank God the medical examinations did not detect any wounds. I found a good rhythm before the crash and I was into the top 10 which shows we are competitive even though the raw result does not reflect our level of performance. Nevertheless, I think we can be confident because all in all our first steps in the championship are very promising."

Meanwhile after the first race, where he had finished just off the rostrum, Alexander Rossi was one of the fastest pilots of the second day. The North-American driver constantly fought with the front runners and occupied 3rd place for some time, until the safety car cancelled out the lead he had built up over his rivals. Alexander crossed the finish line in 5th place and occupies the same position in the championship, two points behind second place while Ocean Racing Technology is also 5th out of 13 in the team's championship. "I made a good start and instantly found a very good race pace which allowed me to climb up to 3rd position. But we were hurt by the rubber F1 had left on the line as my car really suited the track conditions in the first race rather than the conditions here today. We can secure a podium under normal conditions and this bodes well for the rest of the season. We proved that we will have our say in the fight for first places," Rossi said.

The Abu Dhabi race weekend allowed Ocean Racing Technology to demonstrate that they are consistently fast as well as confirming the potential of both drivers. The GP2 Series will now take a break and will resume on February 5-6 in 2010 once again on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

-credit: ort

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Series GP2
Drivers Fabio Leimer , Alexander Rossi