Trident Racing suffered a bad break at Istanbul Park. In a race conditioned by a safety-car period started two laps after the start. Kohei Hirate was forced to retire after just 19 laps after losing his 5th gear. After a nice recovery, the Japanese driver was fighting for 7th place, that would have allowed him to start on front row tomorrow. Ricardo Risatti, a GP2 first timer, managed to end his debut race. He shown to be able to fight with the fastest drivers when, thanks to race strategy, he climbed up to 4th place. The final result was determined by a small error that cost him 3 positions but, at the end of the day, he made up valuable experience.
Kohei Hirate, DNF
"Today`s race stared in a very good way; I was able to climb two positions at the start. I made a mistake during the pit-stop, but once back on-track I battled my way back to the top-10. Unfortunately, at that point I started experiencing troubles with the 5th gear, and even a slowdown could do nothing to prevent an unavoidable failure. Among the positive notes of the day, the great set-up found with the team: the car was fast and very driveable".
Ricardo Risatti, 16th.
"I really had fun when - thanks to our aggressive strategy - I found myself fighting for the top spots. I`m happy with the progression of my laptimes and glad I made it to the end. Unfortunately, I committed a mistake that cost me several positions: I hit the engine shut button in error, and it took some time to get it working again. Tomorrow`s race will add some extra experience under my belt, and that`ll be very useful in the future".