Dani Clos scores again for Racing Engineering
Racing Engineering had a tricky day in the sprint race at Barcelona, on the first weekend of the 2010 GP2 season. Local hero Dani Clos, who started sixth, scored a point after an intelligent race, whilst rookie Christian Vietoris, who started on the last row, finished in 18th position, after a complicated race.
The GP2 field faced today's sprint race with cool temperatures after the rain which fell over Montmelo during the night. During the formation lap, Sergio Perez's engine blew up after a couple of meters, leaving a trail of oil on the circuit, which caused the start process to be aborted so the marshalls could clear the track. With the race now shortened to 25 laps, there was a clean start and a tidy pass through the first corners, with Dani Clos losing one position at the start, as Fabio Leimer led the pack.
But quickly Dani Clos overtook Charles Pic and recovered the position lost at the start. Whilst the leaders established a comfortable gap, Dani was having a close battle with Bird and Turvey. On lap 10, Bird overtook Dani, who was running in 6th now. Meanwhile, Christian Vietoris was in a close fight with Zaugg, Chilton, Cecotto, and Kral.
During the closing stages of the race, Dani managed to come very close to Oliver Turvey and challenge him for fifth position. However, not taking any unnecessary risks, Dani settled for sixth place, scoring one more point for Racing Engineering in front of his home audience. Christian, which started at the back of the grid, tried to avoid a crash at the beginning and was forced to go over the curbs. This damaged his car significantly, but the German did a good job and finished the race in 18th position.
Dani Clos: "I am happy with today's result as I was able to take another point. I was very calm and didn't want to take unnecessary risks. I had a good start and put some pressure on Turvey, who was holding up some cars behind. I think our set up was a bit too aggressive for today's race. But I am really happy as I scored in both races and this is how we have to continue."
Christian Vietoris: "I had a good start overtaking d'Ambrosio and Van Der Garde. First corner went well until one driver missed his braking point. To avoid a crash, I went over the kerbs, which damaged my car quite a bit. The rest of the race was hard work as my car was unbalanced after this impact and I couldn't keep up with the car in front in the corners. Overtaking was impossible, but I was able to keep my position."
Alfonso de Orleans - Borbon:"It was a good race from Dani, as he brought in another point. All adds up. Once again, also our technical have done a great job. Now let's get ready for Monaco and have Christian finally start where he deserves to be."
-source: racing engineering