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Asia: Bahrain II: Ocean Racing weekend summary

Karun Chandhok in the top 10 GP2 Asia Series, a hot finale in Bahrain Karun Chandhok had his first taste as a driver for the Ocean Racing Technology team for the finale of the GP2 Asia Series championship in Bahrain. The Indian driver finished...

Karun Chandhok in the top 10

GP2 Asia Series, a hot finale in Bahrain

Karun Chandhok had his first taste as a driver for the Ocean Racing Technology team for the finale of the GP2 Asia Series championship in Bahrain. The Indian driver finished his first race for the Portuguese team in 9th place after having suffered from a shock absorber problem which prevented him from maintaining his 6th position.

The race was run in extremely hot conditions with temperatures reaching 40C, complicating the performance of both car and driver. This saw a lot of demand placed on the drivers physical condition as well as the added wear on the car, tyres in particular.

Karun Chandhok was hoping to secure points for Ocean Racing Technology in his first race for the team but instead finished the event with an overall feeling of frustration. "Everything was going well in the first race and I was hanging there in 6th position until a shock-absorber problem make the car almost impossible to handle," the Indian driver said, "In the second race, I tried to gain as many positions as possible at the start but I braked too late coming into turn 1 and hit Rodriguez. It is a racing incident and in this particular case I had nowhere to go and the contact was unavoidable. I am disappointed because we had the potential to secure some points. But it is better to have these kind of problems now than in the Main Series."

As for teammate Fabrizio Crestani, it was not an easy weekend as he endured several problems. After an extremely difficult first race, the Italian was down on the ninth row of the grid for the second race. The Italian made an excellent start and sliced his way through the field for the first twelve laps, making his way up into tenth place. However, the added wear on his tyres due to the high temperatures forced him to allow several of his rivals to pass. "My race pace was excellent at the start and the car's behaviour was very good. Once in the top 10, I understood I could no longer gain any more positions and that it would be very difficult to keep mine because of the tyre wear. Half way through I had to defend my position and I had trouble keeping the car on track in the corners as its reaction was unpredictable. I am sad not to finish in the top 10 because it was in our grasp today but we didn't quite make it. This result does not reflect our progress in the GP2 Asia Series. Today, I know that if I was running in the Main Series I could be more competitive," Crestani assessed, overall pleased with his participation in the GP2 Asia Series with Ocean Racing Technology.

After five rounds in the GP2 Asia Series Championship, Ocean Racing Technology can draw a positive assessment of their start to the discipline. The Portuguese team, directed by Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes, gained valuable experience and invaluable data. The points secured prove that the team will have a voice in the Main Series, the first race of which will take place in less than one month."We knew the GP2 Asia Series would not be easy for such a young team and that it would help us prepare for the Main Series. The championship had already started when we bought the team and we were running with BCN packages. We built the team in record time and kept nothing from BCN. Today, we can confirm it was the right choice and that we have some of the best engineers and mechanics in the paddock. GP2 is a very competitive series and it is crucial to have a good knowledge of the cars as well as having a team that knows every single trick of the system. The experience we gathered and the fact we have already run with the Main Series car gives us confidence. We want to thank Yelmer Buurman and Fabrizio Crestani for their input. They are two very talented drivers, they work hard and it's thanks to them that we found our way up into the points. We will keep up the hard work and will do our best to reinforce it with Karun Chandhok and Alvaro Parente as soon as in theBarcelona races begin in a fortnight's time," vowed Jose Guedes.

The GP2 Main Series Championship will open its doors on May 9 on the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona Spain, the curtain raiser taking place with the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.

-credit: ort

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