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iSport Nurburgring Event Summary

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The British GP at Silverstone is not alone in its reputation for changeable weather, rain being a regular visitor to the famous Nurburgring in Germany. Team principal Paul Jackson commenting that the constant threat of rain “kept everyone on their toes”.

Neither iSport driver managed to put in a stellar qualifying performance, with space on the track difficult to find. The best laps from both Marcus Ericsson and Sam Bird were compromised by traffic meaning a Saturday start from P9 and P11.

Marcus Ericsson leads Sam Bird
Marcus Ericsson leads Sam Bird

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

The feature race stayed mainly dry with both iSport drivers managing to stay out of trouble in the closely fought early stages. Ericsson had the better of the traffic and was able to make some good progress up the field, overtaking Addax’s Van Der Garde in the closing stages and finishing a promising fifth. Sam Bird found himself in a tight group of cars led by Parente and Clos, with the vital eighth place and pole for Sunday’s race up for grabs. Sam managed to keep a cool head under pressure to resist the challenge from behind as Parente was penalized scoring a point for P8 and netting himself a pole start for Sunday’s sprint.

A good start from Bird in the wet on Sunday saw him with a two second lead on the field at the end of the first lap. Such a promising position was sadly squandered on turn ten of the second lap where Sam spun on the wet kerbs and dropped way back into the field. Ericsson found trouble in the shape of DAMS driver Sebastien Grosjean on lap one, who collided into an iSport vehicle for the second time this year. A trip through the gravel saw Marcus right at the back of the field, but in front of a large group of his fans, he was not to be denied and charged back through the field on a drying track. As usual in the changing conditions strategy and pit stops would be very important, with the experienced iSport engineers conferring with the drivers and bringing the cars in early. It paid off with both drivers able to slice through the field. Ericsson found his way up to sixth position before one maneuver too many saw him spin whilst battling for fifth place, whilst Sam was unable to get past the final hurdle of Max Chilton, finally finishing in seventh.

It was a tough weekend for the team, with two bad days and one good. Saturday’s performance looked to have rescued a disappointing qualifying, and given us a good platform for Sunday’s sprint race but it was not to be. Next up is the Hungaroring, and with three weekends’ to go in this year’s GP2 series points will be crucial.

by: iSport International

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