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Hungaroring: Bridgestone race one, two report

In the heat of Budapest, British driver Adam Carroll (FMS) mastered the medium compound Bridgestone Potenzas to score his second win of the season in the Bridgestone-backed GP2 Series. Sunday's sprint race saw Spanish driver Javier Villa (Racing...

In the heat of Budapest, British driver Adam Carroll (FMS) mastered the medium compound Bridgestone Potenzas to score his second win of the season in the Bridgestone-backed GP2 Series. Sunday's sprint race saw Spanish driver Javier Villa (Racing Engineering) take his third race win of the season, starting from the front of the reverse grid.

Saturday's 41 lap race was eventful with plenty of overtaking at turn one and mixed tyre strategies from the teams. As the race progressed, cars developed progressively increasing oversteer as the rear tyres experienced more wear than the fronts on this twisty circuit.

Carroll, who started sixth, changed a full set of tyres in his pit stop on lap 13 when the safety car had just come out following Luca Filippi's (Super Nova) incident, in which he spun out on the last corner on lap 12, also taking out Vitaly Petrov (Campos). Carroll was leading the race when he made the pit stop - changing all four tyres in just six seconds - and managed to come out in front of Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima (DAMS) to retain the lead. Carroll finished 0.7 seconds ahead of Nakajima, who started eighth and pitted early on the second lap to change only his rear tyres.

For Sunday's 28 lap sprint race, track conditions were cooler, which helped with the consistency of the new sets of Potenzas. Villa, whose three race wins this season have all been in the sprint races, lost position to Adrian Zaugg (Arden) and Roldan Rodriguez (Minardi Piquet Sports) on the first lap. Villa regained his lead when the two drivers ahead made contact and then led the race to the chequered flag. Carroll battled through the field from eighth to second place, finishing just 0.6 seconds behind Villa.

Glock, who failed to score in either race, remains at the top of the Drivers' Championship now on 55 points, having scored two points for pole, and is just one point ahead of di Grassi (ART) on 54. Filippi sits on 35 as Nakajima moves up to fourth place in the standings on 33. Next up in two weeks' time is round eight of the GP2 Series at Istanbul, supporting the Turkish Grand Prix on 24-26 August. Istanbul is the only anti- clockwise circuit on the GP2 calendar and its wide corners offer plenty of overtaking opportunities.

Quote from Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development "This weekend the performance of the Bridgestone medium compound tyres has been good in GP2. The circuit was very dirty during qualifying on Friday, causing a high rate of tyre wear and low grip. Even though there was rain on Friday night, the circuit was better for Saturday's race which increased the level of grip, and lap times decreased during the race. Tyre appearance was very good after this race, even on Kazuki Nakajima's tyres which were run for a long stint due to an early pit stop strategy. In Sunday's race the condition of the track was even better and the car tendency was to oversteer as the front tyres had much higher grip than Saturday."

-credit: bridgestonemotorsport.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Adam Carroll , Adrian Zaugg , Kazuki Nakajima , Luca Filippi , Vitaly Petrov , Javier Villa
Teams DAMS , Racing Engineering