GP2

Istanbul: iSport qualifying report

iSport on top as Valsecchi and Turvey take P1 and P3 in Qualifying.... iSport were back to their best after a disappointing round in Monaco, as reigning GP2 Asia Champion Davide Valsecchi took pole in Istanbul. Valsecchi was lying in second ...

iSport on top as Valsecchi and Turvey take P1 and P3 in Qualifying....

iSport were back to their best after a disappointing round in Monaco, as reigning GP2 Asia Champion Davide Valsecchi took pole in Istanbul. Valsecchi was lying in second for most of qualifying as Pastor Maldonado set the early pace. However a stunning lap just before the flag dropped put a jubilant Valsecchi on pole for tomorrow's feature race. iSport racer Oliver Turvey also left it late in the session to show his true potential after suffering from a sticking throttle on his first run leaving him way down the timesheets. As the clock ticked down, the iSport mechanics worked furiously to fix the problem. Turvey responded immediately jumping up to ninth and then in the final moments to third with a fantastic lap to wrap up a very successful qualifying session for iSport.

Davide Valsecchi
"Today was perfect, the car was incredibly fast. The engineers did a good job because between the first and second run they made the car quick enough for pole. It was really good in the last few minutes of qualifying. So everything today was perfect, I'm really happy because I'm not usually brilliant in qualifying but today we got pole position so it's good for me and good for everyone in the team".

Oliver Turvey
"I had a problem with the throttle damper, the throttle was sticking on which was affecting me quite a lot in the slow speed corners and also in braking. It kind of ruined my first run on the first set of tyres; we were quite a way down at that point. The team did a good job to change the throttle damper between the two runs because it's quite a fiddly job. We got that changed and on the second set of tyres it was much better and I was able to get two clear laps, and on my final lap I managed to get up to P3. I'm pretty pleased with that after the start of the session and it wasn't a perfect lap so I know I could have improved and we could have fought for pole but I'm pleased to be third and to be the quickest rookie as well. It's my first time in Istanbul and I'm happy with qualifying and it gives us a good chance in the race tomorrow to fight for the win and a podium".

-source: isport

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series GP2
Drivers Davide Valsecchi , Oliver Turvey