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Catalunya: DAMS race one report

Barcelone, race 1: First race, first rostrum finish Today, DAMS raced in the first event of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the Catalonian circuit and kicked off its season with a rostrum finish. Starting from sixth on the grid Jerome ...

Barcelone, race 1: First race, first rostrum finish

Today, DAMS raced in the first event of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the Catalonian circuit and kicked off its season with a rostrum finish. Starting from sixth on the grid Jerome d'Ambrosio made a blinding getaway in the Long Race, and was up into third after only a few hundred metres. The Belgian drove a perfect, consistent race controlling the gap to the fourth-placed car. A good pit stop enabled him to hold onto his position, and he finished his first GP2 Series race of the season on the rostrum.

Kamui Kobayashi pushed right from the start and was rewarded by the point for eighth place. His was the fight back of the day, as he started from twenty-second spot on the grid! The Japanese driver changed tyres very early on, which he then nursed to saw the chequered flag in the best conditions. Tomorrow, he will start the short race from pole!

Eric Boullier: "Given our positions at the start, today's result is an excellent one. Bravo to our two drivers who showed that they've got the skills to fight at the front for the rest of the season. Congratulations too to the team for its efficient strategy and good pit stops. Today's race gives our motivation a huge boost in view of those to come. Given Kamui's position on the grid, we can look forward to a victory, and another rostrum finish for Jerome. Those will be our aims tomorrow."

Jerome d'Ambrosio, 6th on the grid, 3rd at the finish, 6th on the grid for tomorrow's race

"When the lights went out I got a hell of a fright as the car just in front of me was very slow getting away. I managed to avoid it, and in the confusion that followed I was able to move up to third very quickly. The car was well balanced; I felt very much at ease and I was able to keep up the pace right to the flag. Today's result is a reward for all the effort I've made over these past few months - and I'm not going to leave it at that!"

Kamui Kobayashi, 22nd on the gird, 8th at the finish, pole position for tomorrow's race

"I really didn't think I'd score points in normal conditions but we did it! It was difficult to keep the car on the track towards the end as my tyres were shot, but our gamble paid off. I'm starting from pole tomorrow and I'll be gunning for victory. Finally, what started out as a bit of a nightmarish weekend has turned in our favour."

-credit: dams

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Series GP2
Drivers Kamui Kobayashi , Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Teams DAMS