DPR DRIVERS CONTINUE GP2 LEARNING CURVE David Price Racing (DPR) completed a tough weekend of GP2 racing in Malaysia today, with the second of the two races in the inaugural GP2 Asia Series taking place at the Formula One Malaysia Grand Prix,...
DPR DRIVERS CONTINUE GP2 LEARNING CURVE
David Price Racing (DPR) completed a tough weekend of GP2 racing in Malaysia today, with the second of the two races in the inaugural GP2 Asia Series taking place at the Formula One Malaysia Grand Prix, held at the impressive Sepang circuit in Kuala Lumpur. Diego Nunes finished in 13th place and Armaan Ebrahim completed the Sprint distance in 19th position.
The first of the two GP2 Asia Series races in Malaysia held yesterday afternoon began in wet conditions, while today's Sprint race took place in very different weather with hot, humid conditions greeting the drivers as they lined up on the grid. A 10th place finish for Nunes yesterday was the young Brazilian's second top ten of the Series so far and gave him a fifth row grid slot for today's Sprint distance, 22 laps of the Sepang circuit. Ebrahim lined up in 14th place, after a disappointing end to his race yesterday when a potential top ten finish was thwarted after a clash with Karun Chandhok in the closing stages ended his day.
At the start of the Sprint race neither of the DPR drivers had the best of starts, with Nunes dropping a number of places and Ebrahim being caught up in the fight for the first corner, and slipping to the tail end of the pack by the end of the opening lap. A few shuffles of position in the top ten in the first few laps produced most of the excitement, and with the combination of a fast, dry pace and limited laps available, Nunes was unable to make significant inroads, but had made up one place by the chequered flag to finish 13th.
Ebrahim struggled with race pace in the dry and slipped back over the course of the race, while notching up valuable race experience in only his third GP2 event. He fought to maintain consistency and although he pushed hard, the heat and humidity added to the challenge for the young driver. Despite this he completed the race distance to cross the line in 19th position.
David Price, Team Principal, DPR commented of the team's performance in Malaysia, "We racked up significant mileage over the course of this weekend and both drivers gained plenty more experience with the GP2 car, developing their understanding of its handling in both wet and dry conditions. We're particularly pleased to have another top ten finish and hope that we can continue to make further progress as we move on to Bahrain for the penultimate round of the Series in two weeks time.
"For the DPR crew there's little time for a break. They will be back to our Surrey base next week for the final build of the GP2 main series in preparation for the start of that season in Barcelona at the end of April, before heading to Bahrain for the next round of the Asian Series and although it's a busy time DPR has strong teamwork and the level of commitment needed for this tough schedule."
The newly launched GP2 Asia series features five rounds between January and April, starting and ending at the Dubai Circuit. The series has competed in Dubai, Indonesia and Malaysia, moving on to Bahrain next month and returning to the Middle East at the end of April.