GP2

Imola: Racing Engineering race two report

Race two not fantastic The wait for the first points of the season for Racing Engineering continues after race two in Imola where an expectation of no points, the result of incidents in race one yesterday, unfortunately came true. The team was...

Race two not fantastic

The wait for the first points of the season for Racing Engineering continues after race two in Imola where an expectation of no points, the result of incidents in race one yesterday, unfortunately came true. The team was using today's race largely as an unplanned test session ahead of the next round at the Nurburgring, but nonetheless Adam Carroll made his customary smart start, moving up from seventeenth to eleventh in two corners.

Further back, Javier Villa was caught up behind an accident caused when Adrian Valles stalled on the grid, bottling up the drivers behind him until Lucas di Grassi hit the stationary car. Javi was caught behind the pair and the remainder of the grid powered past as the safety car was called out.

At the restart Adam was able to move up to tenth before his handling went away, and he was unable to fight any further up the grid. With two laps remaining Jose Maria Lopez, who had finally caught Adam, tried to force his way past, colliding heavily with the Racing Engineering driver and putting both men out of the race. By contrast Javi had a quiet race, running very consistent lap times at a good pace, finally finishing the race in eighteenth position.

After the race team principal Alfonso de Orleans was sanguine about their morning's work: "Race two was not fantastic, certainly. Adam had a really good start and got off the line well, but he didn't really like the way the car handled today and couldn't push any harder, and then his coming together with Lopez wasn't exactly the highlight of the weekend! Javi had a really good race – his fastest lap of the weekend was actually the final lap of race two, so he was just coming to grips with the track. Imola, as everyone knows, is a very complicated and technical track, so I think he did quite well."

Adam Carroll was also pragmatic about his weekend: "It was just another tough race. I had a good start, I was able to go from seventeenth to tenth and was able to run all the way through there, but after a while I just began to struggle, which let Lopez catch up to me. He decided to make a bit of a silly move on me for tenth on the second to last lap – I saw him coming and so I didn't turn in as sharp as I normally do, gave him a bit of room, but he just him me quite hard and broke my sidepod, broke my steering, and cost me two places. Oh well. I didn't crash once last year by myself, I didn't bend anything, so I guess I've made up for it this year!"

Teammate Javier Villa was pleased with his work, stating: "The race wasn't too bad and I felt good, but the start was a problem because I saw Valles stop so I had to brake in, turn, and then everyone on the right just went bang bang bang past me! But after that I was happy because my pace was good, my times were good, and the fastest lap was only seven tenths faster than me."

-re-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series GP2
Drivers Adam Carroll , Adrian Valles , Lucas di Grassi , Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering