TOP TEN FINISH IN MALAYSIA FOR DPR David Price Racing (DPR) were back on track today for the first of the two GP2 Asia Series races at Sepang circuit, Kuala Lumpur in the third round of the inaugural season of the championship. This event marked...
TOP TEN FINISH IN MALAYSIA FOR DPR
David Price Racing (DPR) were back on track today for the first of the two GP2 Asia Series races at Sepang circuit, Kuala Lumpur in the third round of the inaugural season of the championship. This event marked the first appearance of the Series at a Formula One Grand Prix, taking a supporting role for the pinnacle of motorsport, the F1 World Championship. A 10th place finish for Diego Nunes was a welcome reward for the team's efforts, but it was a disappointing day for Indian driver, Armaan Ebrahim who was set for a strong finish until a clash with Karun Chandok which ended his race.
The grid formed for the start of the race, with all the GP2 cars on dry tyres, and when the green flag flew two cars stalled on the grid. In the opening lap rain began to fall causing chaos further back down the field. Nunes and Ebrahim carefully avoided being caught up in the incidents to gain a number of places, but by the end of the second lap the red flag was brought out to stop the race.
The grid reformed behind the safety car and shortly afterwards they were led away before racing in earnest again the following lap. With both DPR cars lying just outside of the top ten, the team was hoping for a good showing. An early pitstop to change to wet tyres was the strategy taken for Nunes, while Ebrahim remained out on track. Most of the teams began to pit in the second half of the race, with the racing line drying enough to change to slick tyres. This also resulted in Nunes needing a second stop for dry tyres, negating his advantage of an early wet tyres stop.
Over the course of the race many drivers became victims of the difficult weather conditions, while the DPR drivers kept to the tarmac. As the race drew to a close the team were looking set for two top ten finishes, but an ambitious move by Karun Chandhok on Ebrahim with just six laps of the race remaining sent them both sliding off track, and ending the race for the young DPR driver. Nunes continued on to take the chequered flag in tenth place.
David Price, Team Principal, DPR said after the Feature race at the Malaysian circuit, "We decided to go with an early pitstop for Diego, with wet tyres. If it had stayed wet we'd have been right up there at the end, but unfortunately it didn't go our way as the rain stopped and we had to swop to slicks - and just ten minutes after the race had finished it rained again, so we were very unlucky with that decision. Armaan was also unlucky to be punted off track by Karun, as he was driving a solid race and should have finished in the top ten. Out of all this we do have better grid positions for tomorrow's race than we had for today's event, with Diego starting 10th and Armaan taking 14th spot."
The second of the two GP2 Asia races in Malaysia takes place tomorrow morning, preceding the second round of the Formula One World Championship.