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Asia: Bahrain II: Ocean Racing Tech race 1 report

Ocean Racing Technology among the quickest in Bahrain Yelmer Buurman displays great pace in Sakhir Ocean Racing Technology's two singleseaters had a distinct opposite fate for the final feature race of the GP2 Asia Series on the Sakhir ...

Ocean Racing Technology among the quickest in Bahrain

Yelmer Buurman displays great pace in Sakhir

Ocean Racing Technology's two singleseaters had a distinct opposite fate for the final feature race of the GP2 Asia Series on the Sakhir circuit here today. After having lost more than 25 seconds when his engine almost stalled on the grid, Yelmer Buurman stormed back up through the pack with a stunning race pace that allowed him to climb up into 13th position and despite the handicap of having to fight for positions, Yelmer clocked the fastest lap of the race.

The flying Dutchman's achievement demonstrated that the technical choices made by Ocean Racing Technology since their last visit in Bahrain a fortnight ago were indeed correct and that their cars are on the right track. On the last few laps, Yelmer perfectly handled the race under safety car conditions and as such secured further places for both himself and the team in the closing stages. "It was a crazy race. It seemed to me I was stuck on the grid for an eternity. After that, my race was always going to be more complicated but the good thing was that the track was clear in front of me and I could push hard, secure good lap times and move through the pack. I gained a few seconds when the safety car came out on track and then, in the last laps, I gained several positions. The race won't be easy on Sunday but I think we can keep up the good work and be competitive, and why not finish into the top 10?" Buurman said.

For his part teammate Fabio Leimer made an excellent start from 11th place on the grid, however he was hot by another driver in the first turn. With a damaged radiator, the number 23 car had no choice other than to retire. After a promising start, the Swiss driver was unable to benefit from the new found competitiveness of his single-seater. "I had a good start but the contact in the first corner was fatal as the radiator was badly damaged. I am expecting my last GP2 Asia Series race to be different! I will start from last but I hope I will find a good pace, gain some places and reward the team for all its hard work. I will need a bit of luck but up till now I ahve had all the possible misfortunes I could have so I hope my luck will change," Leimer said.

The last race of the GP2 Asia Series will be broadcasted live by the Eurosport 2 channel, Sunday at 7:45 AM (UK Time).

-source: ort

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Series GP2
Drivers Yelmer Buurman , Fabio Leimer