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Catalunya: Racing Engineering qualifying report

The new GP2 season kicked off today at the Circuito de Cataluña, near Barcelona, where both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, had a trouble free day and will start tomorrow's race from 2nd and 17th place ...

The new GP2 season kicked off today at the Circuito de Cataluña, near Barcelona, where both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, had a trouble free day and will start tomorrow's race from 2nd and 17th place respectively.

While several drivers suffered problems during the free practice session, both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers had trouble free runs. However, the various yellow flags during the 30-minutes session hampered Lucas and Dani's attempts to improve their lap times and they finished the session in 4th and 13th position respectively.

Qualifying saw both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers in top positions quickly. While Dani set very competitive times at the beginning of the session, he was not able to improve his lap time after the second set of new tyres was mounted. Unable to complete a good lap without traffic, the spanish driver had to settle for 17th at the end, a result he was not that happy about.

Lucas, on the other hand, was able to run a clean lap towards the end of the session, when the Fat Burner Racing Engineering mechanics had already mounted the second set of new tyres onto his Dallara GP2 car. But even this lap was not as perfect as he would have liked as he was blocked by another driver, which resulted in Lucas being in second position, 0.021 seconds behind pole position.

Lucas Di Grassi: "This was a difficult qualifying session as I encountered too much traffic on track. With my first set of tyres I struggled a bit due to the traffic and I couldn't find a gap to set a fast time. On my second set of tyres I had only one clean lap and I was able to set a time only 0.021 off pole. The traffic is a real issue here. Tomorrow's race will be interesting due to the tyre wear as well. Our car is really good and the team did a great job. Everything worked well and we are in a good position to win tomorrow's race".

Dani Clos: "Things were going well when I went out with my first set of new tyres; the set up worked well and I was in a really good position. However, when I tried to improve my lap time with my second set of new tyres, it was impossible to complete a clean lap. There was so much traffic and I wasn't able to improve my time. Nevertheless, I am happy with the team's work and I am looking forward to tomorrow's race, although it won't be easy starting so far back on the grid".

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon: "I am very happy with Lucas' front row qualifying position. It's a pity he was blocked on his fast lap as I am sure he would have made pole position. Dani faced a similar situation. While he was up there at the beginning of the session, he had no clean lap to improve his time during the second half of qualifying. The whole team did a fantastic job as usual. Now we have to prepare tomorrow's race the best we can".

-credit: re

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Series GP2
Drivers Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering