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Hockenheimring: Trident Racing race one report

20 Mike Conway, DNF 21 Ho Pin Tung, 13th The first race of the weekend at Hockeheim left Trident Racing with a bitter taste, as some good indications were conditioned by external factors. An heavy rainfall tormented the last 5 laps,...

20 Mike Conway,  DNF
21 Ho Pin Tung,    13th

The first race of the weekend at Hockeheim left Trident Racing with a bitter taste, as some good indications were conditioned by external factors. An heavy rainfall tormented the last 5 laps, worsening the track`s conditions and causing several drivers to spin, including Mike Conway. The British driver lost a probable points finish when he lost control in the closing stages. Ho Pin Tung had a good day, but ended up in 13th after suffering from two contacts due to someone else`s mistakes. Following to today`s final positions, Ho Pin Tung will start from Row 7, while Mike Conway will line-up in 24th place. Race 2 is set to take off on Sunday at 10:30 (GMT+2).

Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Managing Director

"Our global performance on Race 1 at Hockenheim must be evaluated by looking at more than the final charts. Despite losing four spots at the start, Mike recovered, thanks to a great sequence of fast laps, all the way through12th place, moving on many drivers, including some highly talented ones like Pastor Maldonado. Once he caught Andy Soucek rain started to fall, preventing him from clinching the top-8. Unfortunately, he experienced aspin later on, jeopardizing his chances to score points. Ho Pin drove a really good race, keeping himself on some very good laptimes and battling during the whole 40 laps. Unfortunately, he was touched by Valsecchi, bending one of his steering brackets, and then hit from behind by Valerio, who sent him spinning with just 3 to go. His 13th place, taken despite this two incidents, proved once again his good potential. We`re a bit disappointed, because weather turned some factors in our favour and we were unable to take advantage of it".

Ho Pin Tung

"My race was heavily conditioned by the contact I received at the hairpin from Valsecchi. The hit bent my steering bracket, and made everything really difficult for me. I really don`t know why he attempted such an useless manouver. In addition to that, Valerio touched me in the closing stages, when the track was really slippery, and sent me spinning. I could have easily ended up into the top-10, but I couldn`t do more than coming to the end without any mistake. It feels bad, because we could have achieved a great result, and we didn`t due to something that wasn`t our responsibility".

Mike Conway

"Unfortunately, I was unable to complete the race due to a mistake I committed in the closing stages when, after a late shower, the track became extremely slippery. I`m sorry because, after a slow start that cost me several positions, I was recovering and there was a concrete chance to end up in the points zone. That would have been a nice reward for the many passes I completed. I`m glad for the quick pace I kept on a virtually unknown track, tasted for the first time in qualifying".

-credit: tridentracing.it

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Series GP2
Drivers Mike Conway , Pastor Maldonado , Andy Soucek
Teams Trident