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Catalunya: Ocean Racing Technology race one report

Ocean Racing Technology on the pace in Spain Nice race but bad reward for Alvaro Parente Ocean Racing Technology won several of the many duels in the first race of the GP2 Series at the Catalunya circuit on Saturday afternoon. Alvaro Parente...

Ocean Racing Technology on the pace in Spain

Nice race but bad reward for Alvaro Parente

Ocean Racing Technology won several of the many duels in the first race of the GP2 Series at the Catalunya circuit on Saturday afternoon. Alvaro Parente made an excellent start from his fourteenth place on the grid and was soon knocking on the door of a points scoring finish, in 9th position. Maintaining a consistent race pace the Portuguese driver was up into seventh place and was in a fight for fifth with just eight laps to go. When Edoardo Mortara passed Lucas di Grassi, Alvaro tried to benefit from the manoeuvre but instead he hit the back of the Racing Engineering contender knocking them both out of the race.

Therefore the conclusion of Ocean Racing Technology's debut race in the F1 feeder series, the GP2 Main Series, was particularly frustrating for Alvaro, who definitely had the potential to secure some good points. "It was an unfortunate race incident. We were fighting each other but at the same time I had to defend my positions from several drivers who were threatening me. When Mortara overtook di Grassi, he broke earlier than usually entering turn 4 and I lost the rear when I hit the brakes. It is really a shame because we had fixed all the problems we suffered in qualifying and the car was much more competitive today. The sprint race will be difficult because we will start from the bottom of the grid but at least we can keep a positive aspect of this race which is we have what it takes to secure some good points and that will be our aim in Monaco."

As for his teammate Karun Chandhok, he will not have fond memories of the season opener. After qualifying down in thirteenth place, the Indian racer was constantly fighting to get up into the top ten but with 12 laps to go he ended his race when he left the track due to hard contact with a kerb. "I was trying to gain a position when I lost the rear. Until then, my race have been difficult because I was having a hard time getting passed several drivers who where slower than me. On Sunday, my aim will be to see the chequered flag and to get the best result I can. After that we will start to prepare Monaco."

A few some showers could make the second race quite spicy. It will start on Sunday at 9:30AM UK time.

-credit: ort

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Series GP2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Alvaro Parente , Lucas di Grassi , Edoardo Mortara
Teams Racing Engineering