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Istanbul: Direxiv Motorsport race two report

The Direxiv Motorsport drivers Hiroki Yoshimoto, Clivio Piccione and Olivier Pla were again left cursing their luck in Istanbul. In the first wet race of the season, Yoshimoto led and looked set for a possible victory before his BCN team failed to...

The Direxiv Motorsport drivers Hiroki Yoshimoto, Clivio Piccione and Olivier Pla were again left cursing their luck in Istanbul. In the first wet race of the season, Yoshimoto led and looked set for a possible victory before his BCN team failed to call him in for dry weather tyres when the track dried, which left him powerless to defend his position. Durango's Piccione drove a charging race, but was forced to take evasive action when a car spun in front of him on an early lap. The time he lost ruined any hope of a points finish. Pla did actually score two points for DPR courtesy of fast lap, which he set on the very last lap of the race.

Hiroki Yoshimoto, BCN Competicion: 10th
"It was my race. I got too much wheelspin at the start, but then worked up from fifth to second, so I was doing ok. I was looking after my tyres and I think they were in better shape than Scott Speed's in the lead. When Speed pitted, I thought 'maybe a few others have stopped too'. I asked the team for information, and all they said was that [Ernesto] Viso's behind you but I could see that. It was obvious we should have stopped. That's all I can say."

Clivio Piccione, Durango Racing Team: 11th
"On the first lap I suddenly saw a spun car through the spray. I must have missed it by just an inch! Then I went on a little adventure off the track and I almost hit a 20 metre Bridgestone sign before I could get back on. After that I pushed hard. The team did a great pitstop and the car was really fast at the end and I could pass a lot of people. Maybe I could have been fighting for points but I lost too much time on that first lap."

Olivier Pla, David Price Racing: 16th
"The car was so slow in the rain we really need to work on that. I had no traction and a lot of oversteer, it was really hard to drive. But on dry tyres the car was good and I'm really happy with fastest lap. To come away with two points after the difficult start we had to the weekend is a really good result for me and the team."

Misato Haga, President and CEO, Direxiv Motorsport:
"Strategy played a key part in the results today and Hiro could do nothing to defend his lead as he was left on wet tyres on a dry track. Clivio and Olivier both had eventful races and managed to avoid trouble. Olivier claimed the fastest lap on the final lap of the race for two championship points. This has been a very difficult weekend for all our drivers."

- www.direxivmotorsport.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Scott Speed , Clivio Piccione , Olivier Pla , Hiroki Yoshimoto , David Price