DPR HEADS TO THE BAHRAIN DESERT David Price Racing (DPR) heads to the Bahrain International Circuit this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim and Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes will once...
DPR HEADS TO THE BAHRAIN DESERT
David Price Racing (DPR) heads to the Bahrain International Circuit this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim and Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes will once again line up for DPR, as the team hopes to repeat the top ten finish scored by Nunes last time out in Malaysia.
The Malaysian round held mixed fortunes for the team, the first of the two GP2 Asia Series races in Malaysia took place in wet conditions whilst the Sprint race took place in hot and dry conditions. A 10th place finish for Nunes in the feature race was the young Brazilian's second top ten of the Series so far, however Ebrahim had a potential top ten finish thwarted after a clash with Karun Chandhok in the closing stages. During the hot and humid Sprint race, Nunes finished in 13th place and Ebrahim in 19th position at the chequered flag.
This weekend's Bahrain International Circuit will also play host to the third round of the Formula One Grand Prix as it has done now since 2004. The Circuit was built in 2003 at a cost of US$150 million and has six different track configurations. The GP2 Asia series will race on the Grand Prix configuration, which is the longest layout at 5.412km (3.363 miles).
The Bahrain Circuit shares some similarities to the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, with a wide track and large tarmac run-off areas at each corner. However the tarmac in Bahrain is much smoother than that of the previous round in Sepang, so offers the drivers less grip. As the circuit is located in the desert, the drivers will have to be fit enough to cope with temperatures well above 30 Celsius. It's a dry heat, and shouldn't pose any reliability problems for the teams. However, sand from the surrounding desert will further reduce the car's grip and could potentially cause technical issues for the teams.
Team Principal David Price commented ahead of the weekend, "We are optimistic heading to Bahrain, the drivers gained some invaluable experience at the Sepang Circuit two weeks ago, and the similarities in the two circuits should also be a help to them. The team has had a busy couple of weeks preparing for the main series, but we are definitely aiming for the top ten once again this weekend. The drivers work hard on their fitness and we're confident that we will have a positive end to the inaugural GP2 Asia Series.
The penultimate round of the inaugural GP2 Asia Series kicks off on 4th April for free practice and qualifying. The feature race takes place on Saturday 5th April and the sprint distance event on Sunday 6th April.