Carroll Delights with Hungarian Masterpiece Adam Carroll has taken a sensational victory in today's GP2 Series race at the Hungaroring. The Ulsterman, who started sixth after a last-gasp qualifying run yesterday afternoon, was in stunning form...
Carroll Delights with Hungarian Masterpiece
Adam Carroll has taken a sensational victory in today's GP2 Series race at the Hungaroring. The Ulsterman, who started sixth after a last-gasp qualifying run yesterday afternoon, was in stunning form and together with quick thinking from his FMS International team rose above a safety car period to take his second victory of the season ahead of Kazuki Nakajima and Andi Zuber.
As the lights went out, pole-sitter Timo Glock and his iSport International team-mate and fellow front row starter Andi were swamped by the lightening quick Lucas di Grassi who stormed into the lead at the first turn. Timo slotted into second, with Giorgio third, Pastor Maldonado fourth, Andi down in fifth and Adam maintaining his grid-slot of sixth.
On lap three came one of two race-defining moments as Kazuki came in for his first pitstop. The tradition this year has been for Kazuki to pit early and then set the track on fire in clear air, which he did once again today-- and how. With Kazuki rattling off the quick laps down at the back, up front Andi was doing all he could to find a way past Pastor. The Venezuelan seemed to slow in the final corner on lap five, but one lap later, and after some angry fist waving, Andi made it past on the straight and set off after Giorgio. On lap six Timo came into the pits, as he was caught behind Lucas and knew Kazuki was on a charge. A stuck right rear wheel nut however put paid to his efforts, and the lost time sent him out of points contention.
Two laps later and Lucas pitted, having lost his lead to Giorgio by running wide at Turn 11. The one-time race leader had a perfect stop but emerged behind Kazuki. 1-0 to the Dams man. Giorgio pitted on lap 10, and unbelievably suffered an identical issue to Timo. Andi was in too, and emerged ahead of Giorgio but behind Kazuki. 3-0 to the Dams man. Only Adam Carroll remained of Kazuki's initial rivals and he would be leading the race when the pitstops played out.
Lap 13 however saw the second race-defining moment arrive, as Luca Filippi's Super Nova car skewed to the right on the exit of the final corner, slamming into the barriers at high speed and sending the Italian into a rapid and lurid spin back across the track. Flying debris took Vitaly Petrov and Xandi Negrao out on the spot, and with the remains of three cars strewn across the straight, the safety car was deployed.
FMS International called the race-leader in, and some epic pitwork from the team saw them change all four tyres on Adam's car and somehow get him out at the front of the pack, as de-facto leader Karun Chandhok, who had still to make his stop, slowed the field down the straight before the point at which the safety car was due to pick up the pack. The safety car stayed out for four laps and racing commenced on lap18.
It was now Adam's race to lose, and on the fresher rubber he had the advantage. When Karun made his stop and the order played out Adam led Kazuki, Andi, Giorgio and Lucas with the top four split by 2.1 seconds on lap 34. Giorgio's day was to end prematurely with an electrical fault, bringing Borja Garcia into fifth, Roldan Rodriguez sixth, Adrian Zaugg seventh and Javier Villa eighth. Sebastien Buemi set the fastest lap but the point will go to Karun Chandhok as Sebastien started his race from the pits.
Adam held on under intense pressure from his rivals for the sweetest of victories. Kazuki and Andi crossed the line nose to tail, with 1.1 seconds covering the three podium finishers. It had been an incredible race, and proof once again that Adam Carroll has not returned to the GP2 Series to simply make up the numbers.
1st Adam Carroll: FMS International. 1:06:39.582
"I'm very happy. We push extremely hard and we have never had much chance to develop the car together. Half an hour isn't exactly long and when the car is good and you hit the track everything is so much easier for the weekend. But when you still have a bit of work to do then it is hard. We're learning as we go along and hopefully now we can have a bit more consistency there."
2nd Kazuki Nakajima: Dams. +0.714
"I didn't actually expect to be on the podium so the second place is a really good result for me and for the team. It's incredible to score five podiums in a row. You have to say that I could have won the race, if I didn't have a slow car in front of me during the safety car, but still I'm quite happy with second place."
3rd Andi Zuber: iSport International. +1.156
"Considering I had a very bad start I knew I had to work very hard. I then was fighting against Maldonado which was very dirty what he did once in the corner. But in the end, one lap after, I overtook him and then I just tried to push very hard. The shame was just the safety car, but it was a good race."