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Asia: Dubai II: ART weekend summary

ART Grand Prix has claimed double victory in the inaugural GP2 Asia series with driver Romain Grosjean wrapping up the drivers crown in the penultimate round in Bahrain a week ago and the team tying up the first ever constructors crown in the...

ART Grand Prix has claimed double victory in the inaugural GP2 Asia series with driver Romain Grosjean wrapping up the drivers crown in the penultimate round in Bahrain a week ago and the team tying up the first ever constructors crown in the season finale in Dubai on Saturday.

After securing his fourth pole of the season, Grosjean went on to take his fourth win of the season in race one. Losing the lead to Bruno Senna on the opening lap, the ART GP driver regained top spot after a pit stop blunder for Senna. Starting eight on the reversed grid in race two, Romain failed to finish due to an accident after clipping a kerb right after an overtaking manoeuvre on Petrov.

Meanwhile, teammate Stephen Jelley qualified 22nd on the grid and after a flying start, stewards declared that he jumped the start and penalized him as a result.

ART Grand Prix wishes Stephen all the best in BTCC.

Romain Grosjean:
Race 1:
Position on the starting grid: Pole Position
Result: Victory

Race 2:
Position on the starting grid: 8th
Result: DNF

"Even though there was no pressure in Dubai because I was already crowned champion, we wanted to finish the season on a high. Qualifying went pretty well, it was my 4th pole position in 5 meetings, we secured all of them on a dry track. My start was OK but the car set-up was not the best because the track conditions changed a lot between qualifying and the race. I went wide and took some dirt trying to defend my position and I fell back to P4 behind Senna, Buemi and Buurman. The story was quite simple then: I had to push hard, it was a great experience to have to fight back instead of doing the race P1 from start to finish. It is always very nice to win a race from behind. I had a great start on Sunday but Buurman forced me to go over to the pit wall and I lost a lot of places. I was P13 or something and once again I had to push hard and I lost the rear riding a kerb. These sort of things happen when you're pushing hard and I have no regrets, but, it was a good lesson. Once again the GP2 Asia has been a very good experience, one we will make the best of use to prepare the main series."

Stephen Jelley:
Race 1:
Position on the starting grid: 22nd
Result: 18th

"Qualifying went, well, not too bad. But it could have gone better. We didn't get the luck with the yellow flag, and I had to back up on my quickest lap. I only managed to qualify 22nd . At the start of race one, I made a very very good start, but unfortunately it was too good. The officials decided that I'd jumped the start. I didn't jump the start, it was just a very good reaction to the lights and I got the jump on the people around me. Unfortunately there just wasn't the sophisticated equipment needed to show that it wasn't a jump start. They gave me a drive through penalty, which kinda does your race really. After my pit stop I was just driving around the track on my own, which is a shame, because my lap times were very very good, keeping up with the times of the frontrunners, but ended up doing the race all on my own, and finished in nineteenth. It was a bit of a strange race."

Frederic Vasseur:

"The review of our first GP2 Asia season is positive. The aim was to get to know all of the GP2 problems we could face and I think Romain did that until the very last race. It will be a good lesson for the main series. Romain had an excellent championship and the title gives the team a boost for the rest of the season."

-credit: art

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Series GP2
Drivers Bruno Senna , Frederic Vasseur , Romain Grosjean , Stephen Jelley
Teams ART Grand Prix