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Asia: Sepang: Qi-Meritus.Mahara race two report

Qi-Meritus.Mahara sets sights on stronger weekend in Bahrain Race 2 (22 laps) Luca FILIPPI (car 27): DNF Hiroki YOSHIMOTO (car Nr 26): 11th The 22-lap second race at Sepang took place in dry conditions. On the grid Hiroki Yoshimoto was 21st ...

Qi-Meritus.Mahara sets sights on stronger weekend in Bahrain

Race 2 (22 laps)
Luca FILIPPI (car 27): DNF
Hiroki YOSHIMOTO (car Nr 26): 11th

The 22-lap second race at Sepang took place in dry conditions. On the grid Hiroki Yoshimoto was 21st while Luca Filippi had to start from 22nd after the problems in the first race. The second day ended up bringing more disappointment for Filippi who had to bring the car back to the pits five laps before the end of the race after a brake failure. Yoshimoto finished in 11th position.

The short second race (22 laps only) went smoothly despite the heat on the Sepang track, with a good start for both drivers.

Luca Filippi the recently appointed Honda Formula One test driver commented: "I had a good first lap and already made ten places. I had a good rhythm for the first part of the race. Then the brake temperature went very hot. As I was attacking a lot and passed a lot of the other drivers it became critical. I was tenth in the classification after a start practically from the back of the grid. There were still many laps to go. I was losing a lot of time fighting with the other drivers. Finally as I was coming up to Valsechi the brake temperature went hotter and I decided to play it wise and go back to the pit. A shame as we had a car for a good podium potential and the team had worked to make it perfect for a good race."

Hiroki Yoshimoto finished in 10th position having started from 21st and commented: "It was so hot out there. But I had a good first lap. I was on the inside line a I was a bit stuck with Sebastien Buemi and Adrian Valles. They touched and I lost a bit of time avoiding their accident. After two laps I had passed so many cars that I think it was a record and really good fun to overtake. I was afraid that my tyres went off towards the end and four laps before the flag I had to be really careful not to go off."

Peter Thompson, president and team founder, Qi-Meritus.Mahara: "We came to Malaysia with a lot of hopes but we lost the advantage when the drivers were sanctioned ignoring yellow flags on Friday. But the team did a good job in our hot home race. Filippi and Yoshimoto pushed hard today for the home race in Malaysia. We are looking forward to showing our true potential in Bahrain in two weeks time."

-credit: meritusracing.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Hiroki Yoshimoto , Adrian Valles , Sébastien Buemi , Luca Filippi