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Asia: Bahrain: Ocean Racing Technology race 1 report

Qualifying compromises Ocean Racing Technology Portuguese team chose to test new set-ups for final round After a qualifying that delivered results that left Ocean Racing Technology wanting, (16th and 21st), the team chose to make good use...

Qualifying compromises Ocean Racing Technology

Portuguese team chose to test new set-ups for final round

After a qualifying that delivered results that left Ocean Racing Technology wanting, (16th and 21st), the team chose to make good use of the first race in Bahrain to test new set ups for the final round of the GP2 Asia Series, which will take place on the same circuit in two weeks time. The team could therefore obtain some very valuable information that may not have been available to them otherwise as just as in Formula One, of which both GP2 championships are the feeder series to, there is no more testing between races.

For his return to Ocean Racing Technology and the GP2 Series, Yelmer Buurman finished the first race in 12th place while his teammate, Fabio Leimer finished 20th. They had moved up into 16th and 21st positions off the starting grid respectively and both encountered difficulties on the Sahkir circuit.

After a modest start, Yelmer Buurman drove a solid race that he was reasonably happy with, After a year away from the series, the Dutch racer quickly found his feet and his speed enabled him to recover several places as he fought it out in the middle of the pack. "It's not so bad. I fought a lot with other drivers and all in all it is a good result. We worked a lot throughout the weekend and I am looking forward to seeing if this pays off tomorrow and if the car is good enough to see the chequered flag with some points in hand," said Buurman.

Meanwhile, the car piloted by Fabio Leimer was not ideally set up for the Bahrain layout, the Swiss racer succeeding in gaining a position but then remaining stuck in 20th place. "Qualifying did not go well and that's why we opted to explore new ways in terms of set-up. Our choice was not convincing, the car was difficult to handle and I made some mistakes myself. On Saturday, we will try a different solution which I think will be more efficient," said Leimer.

The second race will start at 10:00 AM UK time and will be broadcasted on the Eurosport channel.

-source: ort

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Series GP2
Drivers Yelmer Buurman , Fabio Leimer