GERMANY, RACE 2 It wasn't the end to the weekend that Racing Engineering was looking for with Adam Carroll finishing 8th and Javi Villa 13th. A water leak ruined the British drivers chance of success after starting from 3rd on the grid. The ...
GERMANY, RACE 2
It wasn't the end to the weekend that Racing Engineering was looking for with Adam Carroll finishing 8th and Javi Villa 13th. A water leak ruined the British drivers chance of success after starting from 3rd on the grid. The Mecachrome engine, which was replaced on Friday after a failure to the previous one, reached 120 degrees before the start of the race and automatically switched into safe mode running at just 70 per cent of its potential power. It made a difficult race impossible. It was the usual exciting start with stallers, spinners and smashes but both Carroll and Villa managed to keep out of trouble throughout lap 1 and the race, to reach the chequered flag.
It was a difficult first lap for the British driver who was forced to avoid spinning leader Clivio Piccione and lost two places by the end of lap one. But Villa got the good start he had been hoping for and quickly moved up to tenth. From then on the 27 lap race was fairly straight forward but by the half way point both cars had reached their maximum potential and started to drift towards the wrong end of the timing sheet. With back to back races there is no rest for the team and no time to lose to get the cars ready for combat again.
The next round of the GP2 series is this coming weekend in Hungary.
Team Principal Alfonso de Orleans Borbon said: "I'm really upset this weekend and feel we have been badly let down by Mecachrome. You normally wouldn't expect two engine failures in a season let alone one weekend. It is not good for a driver of Adam's quality to have these problems or for our team morale. Racing Engineering try so hard and yet we are at the mercy of other people screwing our weekend up."
Adam Carroll: "There was just nothing I could do. I didn't make any mistakes but I was slower through corners and on the straights due to the difference in power so my race was over before it had even started."
Javi Villa: "I made a good start and managed to get up to 6th but then I had problems with over-steer towards the end of the race and I lost some places. I am happy with how my weekend has gone and it's probably my best so far in GP2. I'm just learning more all the time."