Ocean Racing Technology finish in the top ten at Bahrain Buurman and Leimer conclude a lively race Ocean Racing Technology's two drivers were very inspiring characters in what was a lively race here at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain ...
Ocean Racing Technology finish in the top ten at Bahrain
Buurman and Leimer conclude a lively race
Ocean Racing Technology's two drivers were very inspiring characters in what was a lively race here at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain this afternoon. The second race of the weekend saw Yelmer Buurman securing 10th place while his teammate Fabio Leimer crossed the line in 15th. The Bahrain event was used by Ocean Racing Technology to secure some invaluable data for the finale of the GP2 Asia Series Championship, which will take place on the same circuit.
With temperatures lower than those witnessed on Friday, the first laps of the race showed the logic in the new technical solutions used by the Portuguese team.
Starting 12th on the grid, Yelmer Buurman moved into 10th place on lap 6 then fought tooth and nail with Arabadzhiev and Zampieri along with Christian Vietoris, who has already tasted victory this season, in order to move closer to the points. "The car has improved a lot since the start of the weekend but there are not a lot of overtaking opportunities around here and it makes you take a few risks. But the most important thing is we went the right way with the set-up of the car and we will be in a better shape on our return to Bahrain in a fortnight's time and I think we will be able to fight for a good result. The question is to have a good qualifying, and then a points finish will be doable," Buurman said.
Meanwhile, over on the other side of the garage, Fabio Leimer made an excellent start and moved up six places that saw him move into 14th place. The Swiss racer could see that his single-seater was more effective than the day before and therefore put it to good use when the race was at the peak of action. Fabio now believes that he will soon be able to find his place in the leading group of the championship. "I liked the car a lot at the beginning of the race. I made a good start and my car allowed me to fight efficiently when I was battling with other drivers. Having said that, I lost a few positions and my car was not as good in the second half of the race, but it was crucial to try new options and gather invaluable data which will be fruitful later," Leimer said.
Once again, the GP2 Asia Series podium proved that the experience gained by the teams and drivers can make all the difference. Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes' team therefore continues to develop its two single-seaters and acquire further experience in an extremely competitive championship.
"We improved throughout the weekend," assured Tiago. "After the problems we had in qualifying, to use the races to try different set-ups was the right decision to make. We knew that to fight in the middle of the pack was always going to be difficult and that you have to be even more careful. One must not forget that the GP2 Series is always in motion and the competition is more and more ferocious. Ocean Racing Technology and their drivers gather experience at each race and I think we will be able to fight for points at the next round."