First points for Van der Garde... frustration for Al Fardan
GFH team iSport driver Giedo van der Garde scored the first points of his GP2 Asia campaign with a strong race to 4th after starting from 7th on the grid in today's Feature Race at the Dubai Autodrome. Van der Garde had a clean start and managed to pass Yelmer Buurman on lap 1. He was soon chasing down ART driver Sakon Yamamoto who was recovering from a poor start and made a great move to take 5th place. After a trouble free mandatory pit stop Van der Garde remained 5th until the Campos car of Vitaly Petrov suffered a problem and he soon passed him to take an impressive 4th place in only his second GP2 Asia race. Van der Garde now lies in joint 8th place in the Drivers Championship.
It was a frustratingly short race for Bahraini GFH team iSport driver Hamad Al Fardan but he showed his potential against some strong competition. Al Fardan made a storming start to the race from 19th on the grid to 12th by the end of the 1st lap and was soon on the tail of Andreas Zuber and Pastor Maldonado. Zuber ran wide and Al Fardan took the opportunity to dive down the inside only for Zuber to turn in on him. Zuber spun and Al Fardan continued for another lap but the GFH team iSport car was too badly damaged in the incident and spun out of the race on lap 3 with damaged steering.
Giedo van der Garde will start from 5th for tomorrow's Sprint Race with Hamad Al Fardan unfortunately starting from the back of the grid after his retirement. The race starts at 13:00pm local time.