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Istanbul: Racing Engineering race one report

Podium for Racing Engineering's Borja Garcia! Racing Engineering has obtained its second podium this season in one of the most thrilling and exciting races in this championship so far. A great race of the young Borja Garcia found its reward in...

Podium for Racing Engineering's Borja Garcia!

Racing Engineering has obtained its second podium this season in one of the most thrilling and exciting races in this championship so far. A great race of the young Borja Garcia found its reward in an excellent 3rd position.

Borja Garcia, the 2004 Spanish Formula 3 Champion, has definitely proven his talent during today's GP2 race at the Istanbul Park circuit. Borja's first podium this year was based on racing abilities, strength and strong will. With only two laps remaining in the race Borja did the almost impossible: courageously overtake the fast and always unpredictable Piquet on the outside of a corner in an all or nothing charge to the podium. It was an overtaking maneuver worthy of Borja's hunger for glory, but at the same ttime was full of maturity and coolness. Borja didn't want to settle for 4 h position; he wanted to see his name in the top three, a place where he belongs. In Sunday's sprint race Borja will start from 6th position and, given today's performance, Borja is definitely a driver to watch out for.

Neel Jani's race, however, ended suddenly in the last corner of the first lap. The Swiss driver suffered a severe accident at the pit lane entry, damaging his car. Neel was unable to steer his GP2 car and keep it on track shortly before the impact; it is most likely that another driver hit him from behind.

After obtaining his first podium in the GP2 Series a happy Borja Garcia stated, "Everything went really well during the first laps. I had a good start, overtaking Bruni. When the safety car came out on lap 2 my team called me into the pits immediately. From that moment on the only little inconvenience was Mathias Lauda, who was ahead of me and slower than me. When I tried overtaking him, I went off the track a bit and, instead of gaining a position, I lost two. However, in the end I passed him and from that moment on I went faster and faster. I overtook Alvarez and, with three laps remaining, I ran in 4th position. I saw a possibility to overtake Piquet on the outside of a corner and moved further up into 3rd position. I am really happy for me and my team, as they have all made a great job and worked hard to make this possible".

After his severe accident Neel Jani commented, "Not much to say today. At the end of lap 1 I just went straight as I couldn't steer anymore. I don't know, if someone has hit me from behind; it was really strange. I hit the barrier at the entry of the pitlane and my race was over".

At the end of the day Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon announced, "Absolutely fantastic job by Borja! Both team strategy and Borja's abilities allowed this fantastic podium by such a talented driver. I thank the whole team for the wonderful work done and hope we can repeat this good result tomorrow".

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Series GP2
Drivers Neel Jani , Mathias Lauda , Borja Garcia
Teams Racing Engineering