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Asia: Bahrain II: Ocean Racing adds Chandhok to lineup

GP2 Series Asia finale Ocean Racing Technology welcomes a new driver Karun Chandhok and Ocean Racing Technology will cement their new partnership in Bahrain this weekend. In anticipation of the GP2 Main Series, the Indian will be behind the...

GP2 Series Asia finale
Ocean Racing Technology welcomes a new driver

Karun Chandhok and Ocean Racing Technology will cement their new partnership in Bahrain this weekend. In anticipation of the GP2 Main Series, the Indian will be behind the wheel of one of the Portuguese team's single-seaters for the GP2 Asia final on the Sakhir Circuit in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Karun Chandhok will join Fabrizio Crestani who has been with Ocean Racing Technology throughout the team's debut championship. The Italian will be planning to confirm his recent progress and that of the team, which secured its first points in Sepang. For Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes, the finale of the championship will be an opportunity to reinforce the team's competitiveness before its debut in the GP2 Main Series.

"Bahrain is an important meeting for Ocean Racing Technology for two reasons. Firstly, it is the finale of the Asian championship and it will allow us to make a review of our progress and of the areas where we need to improve with the Main Series in mind," Tiago explains, "Plus, Karun (Chandhok) joins us in Bahrain and it will be the ideal opportunity to build a good basis for our collaboration in the Main Series where we hope to be successful. Karun was on the first row of both races in Bahrain last year and his knowledge of the track and of the car will be very valuable during a weekend where everything is happening so fast. Our aim will be to add some more points to our tally and to conclude the Asian challenge on a good note and benefit from this momentum for the Main Series."

Karun Chandhok will replace Yelmer Buurman, whose role in helping the evolution of Ocean Racing Technology single-seaters was very positive, as director Jose Guedes emphasises: "Yelmer Buurman came to grips with our project and was always very committed. He also showed he was a talented driver and his feedback with the engineers was always positive. We are completely satisfied with his collaboration with Ocean Racing Technology, just as we are with Fabrizio Crestani's. Despite his youth and lack of experience he adapted quite well to the team and a championship of which he knew very little. He progressed well and his feedback with the engineers did so too."

After the rain that disrupted the races at Sepang in Malaysia, the finale will take place in the heat and sand of Bahrain with weather forecasters predicting maximum temperatures of 37o.C. The two races will be broadcasted live by Eurosport 2, the first on Saturday April 25 at 13:45 and the second on Sunday April 26 at 09:30 am UK time.

-credit: OceanR

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Series GP2
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Karun Chandhok , Yelmer Buurman , Fabrizio Crestani