VALENCIA, RACE 1: TOP TEN FINISH FOR HERCK
Great recovery for Scuderia Coloni in the first race of the Valencia GP2 weekend: Michael Herck finished the race in P10, an impressive improvement from the 9th row he was starting from.
The Romanian driver had a good start and in the first lap he boasted some very clever driving, avoiding problems that costed some other rivals the race. At the end of Lap 1 Michael was already 12th, and on lap 9 he did his mandatory pit-stop: from then on he focused on keeping a quick and steady pace, that in the central part of the race made him the 3rd quickest driver on track. This allowed Herck to pass other drivers as they were also completing their pit-stop, climbing up to P8 on lap 24. It was an impressive achievement also because this would have meant pole position for Race 2, but such a recovery had put too much stress on the tyres, and Herck was consequently forced to back off a bit, closing the race in 10th place.
Ceccon also did a good recovery, closing in 18th place after starting from P23. The Italian driver’s first lap was amazing, as he was extremely good off the line and in the first corners: he crossed the line of lap 1 in 14th place, an amazing 9 places better than his spot on the grid. Then Kevin kept an impressive pace and after his pit-stop he was even ahead of team-mate Herck, but an impact with some debris left on track by a contact damaged one of his tyres, causing a pressure drop. Ceccon, who couldn’t communicate with the team due to a radio malfunction, hung on until 12 laps to go when he did let Herck by and then stopped to change the tyres again. Once the problem was solved the Italian driver showed all of his quickness again, posting the second fastest lap of the race in 1’49”751.
Paolo Coloni: “Considering our starting positions I think that we can be quite happy. Micheal did an amazing job and he was just inches from tomorrow’s pole position, so kudos to him. Tomorrow starting from P10 we are sure that he will do even better.
Ceccon also deserves to be praised, because his first lap was just amazing and so was the first part of his race. Then bad luck decided to strike, but with the lap he posted at the end when his tyres were again ok, Kevin confirmed that his learning process in GP2 is going in the best possible way”.
by: scuderia coloni