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Asia: Bahrain: Ocean Racing qualifying report

Ocean Racing Technology suffer in qualifying Buurman and Crestani aiming for the top 10 on race day It was a difficult afternoon's work for Ocean Racing Technology on the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain on Wednesday as the Portuguese teams ...

Ocean Racing Technology suffer in qualifying

Buurman and Crestani aiming for the top 10 on race day

It was a difficult afternoon's work for Ocean Racing Technology on the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain on Wednesday as the Portuguese teams two drivers struggled to find the perfect set-up. Unfortunately this prevented them from finishing in the Top 10 in qualifying for the feature race.

Yelmer Buurman and Fabrizio Crestani acknowledged that it was hard to do any better than the 17th and 19th positions in the very competitive 26 man field. After his brilliant 6th place on the grid in Dubai, Buurman knows it will be hard to find a path to the top of the pack but he is determined to give his all. "The session was very difficult because we knew from the earlier practice session that we had problems with the brake system and it compromised our work. I was 5th after my first lap but could not stick with the fast guys after that. Things got a bit better in qualifying but there was a lot of traffic. It's hard to overtake here in Sakhir but I'll do my best to get into the top 8 which would guarantee me a good start in the second race," Buurman explained after having clocked a 1'42''83.

Fabrizio Crestani remains optimistic despite his 19th position, the young driver who is still adapting to the GP2 Series promising to display his progress in the race. "I don't think it is all negative. I was 12th on my first set of tyres but then the car was understeering and it was hard to stay on the right line. I stayed focused and ended up half a second behind Yelmer, who has much more experience in the series than I do," Crestani said after securing a best time of 1'43''37.

The sky is expected to remain clear with temperatures around 18o.C for the Bahrain feature race which will be broadcasted on Eurosport 2 at 10h00, UK time.

-credit: ort

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Series GP2
Drivers Yelmer Buurman , Fabrizio Crestani