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Asia: Bahrain II: Trident Racing qualifying report

Dani Clos, 13th (2:08.467) Plamen Kralev, 24th (2:12.975) The final round of the third GP2 Asia Series season got underway today at the Al Sakhir racetrack with practice and qualifying. Teams and drivers were back to the Bahrain track just two...

Dani Clos, 13th (2:08.467)
Plamen Kralev, 24th (2:12.975)

The final round of the third GP2 Asia Series season got underway today at the Al Sakhir racetrack with practice and qualifying. Teams and drivers were back to the Bahrain track just two weeks after the latest round of the championship, as a support for the opening round of the Formula One World Championship, which features an upgraded circuit layout. Trident Racing joined the pack with Dani Clos and Plamen Kralev, ending the day with a 13th and a 24th place.

The session has been intense, and time gaps proved high competition despite the longer layout. Weather forecast for tomorrow anticipate high temperatures: drivers will be called to manage their tires as well as their body.

The first race of the weekend is set to start tomorrow at 15:45 (GMT+3), on a 29-lap distance, while the final race of the season will take off at 10:50 on Sunday. Race 1 will be broadcasted live by RaiSport Piu, while Race 2 will be shown live by free-to-air channel RAI 2 at 9:50 (Italian time).

Dani Clos. "I'm happy about my potential as well as the car's. Unfortunately, a quite disturbed session took its toll on the final result. With the first set of new tires I had just one clean lap, with no car to pass. With the second one I faced a lot of traffic. When I took off for my flying lap, I made a mistake by hitting a kerb a little too hard, and lost valuable tenths.

"Compared to Abu Dhabi, I found the car faster in qualifying. I'm also looking forward to tomorrow's race, since the Trident Racing car has been really consistent in the second half, when tire management gets into the mix. I hope to make a good start, and clinch a points finish."

Plamen Kralev. "I hoped to be closer to the rest of the pack and, as happened before, I couldn't get to the limit during qualifying. I would need more time, but that are the rules, and I have to adapt. I made a mistake, and ended up spinning, but luckily enough the engine kept running. I hope to get to the end tomorrow, in a race that I expect to be extremely demanding."

-source: trident racing

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Series GP2
Drivers Dani Clos , Plamen Kralev
Teams Trident