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Asia: Dubai II: DPR race two report

DPR CONCLUDES 2008 GP2 ASIA SERIES IN DUBAI David Price Racing (DPR) completed their GP2 Asia campaign at the Dubai Autodrome today after five round of intense competition. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim and Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes made...

DPR CONCLUDES 2008 GP2 ASIA SERIES IN DUBAI

David Price Racing (DPR) completed their GP2 Asia campaign at the Dubai Autodrome today after five round of intense competition. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim and Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes made their final outing for DPR squad, which saw their season end with a retirement for Ebrahim and a 13th place for Nunes.

During yesterday's Feature Race at the 2.39km Dubai Circuit, the team had a solid race with both drivers completing a full race distance. However a ten place grid penalty handed to Nunes ahead of qualifying put the team on the back foot heading into the race, and an 18th place finish was the result of a tough, well fought race. Ebrahim also continued his GP2 learning curve, and after stalling on the grid and losing a lap to the leaders, he managed to bring the car home in 20th place at the chequered flag.

Today's 23 lap Sprint race took place under warm and sunny conditions with Nunes lining up on the reverse grid in 17th place and Ebrahim just behind him in 18th place. The race got underway with both drivers making clean starts and fighting hard for position, the DPR cars came across the line after the first lap in 17th and 21st positions.

After several laps of pushing hard Nunes was the unfortunate victim of a failed overtaking manoeuvre by one of the i-sport cars and ended with him collecting Valerio in the Durango car. As Nunes re-joined an incident between Ebrahim and Ben Hanley brought out the safety car and unfortunately ended Ebrahim's race. Nunes pitted for a new nosecone and rejoined the back of the chain behind the safety car in 17th position. With only 14 laps to go once the Safety car pulled into the pits, Nunes kept his head down and after a series of retirement's bought the car home in 13th place.

Team Principal David Price commented ahead of the weekend, "This weekend has been challenging for the team, we've had everything thrown at us. However the drivers have both performed well and have learnt a great deal in the short time they have been racing in the Asian series.

"Overall we are pleased with how we have performed and we have shown that under the right conditions we are capable of being a front running team. Our reliability has been good, and the DPR crew have been consistently strong in pitstops, so I'm pleased with our overall performance. We now look ahead to the main GP2 series, in which we hope to keep up the momentum and be running well within the top ten."

The 2008 GP2 Asia series featured five rounds between January and April, starting and ending at the Dubai Circuit. The series also made stops in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bahrain along the way. The DPR crew now have no time to rest however, as the main GP2 season kicks off in just under two weeks time at the Catalunya circuit in Spain.

-credit: davidpriceracing.com

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Series GP2
Drivers David Price , Armaan Ebrahim , Diego Nunes , Ben Hanley