This weekend saw the team compete at another street circuit but this time in Valencia for Round 6 of the GP2 Series.
The weekend got off to a great start on Friday, with Marcus Ericsson topping the timesheets in Free Practice, with team mate Jolyon Palmer not far behind in 4th. The afternoon’s Qualifying session saw less favourable results, but both in the top 10 with Palmer crossing the line in 8th, and Ericsson 9th.
The Feature Race on Saturday brought mixed emotions for the team, when Ericsson secured his second podium finish of the season, but Palmer suffered an early retirement.
After a promising getaway, the driver suffered wing damage during the opening lap after a collision with Leimer. After pitting to replace the wing, Palmer went on to make a fantastic recovery, however was unfortunate again, after a collision with Crestani, who then went onto dramatically roll, ending upside down. Fortunately Crestani suffered no injuries, but the incident resulted in an early end to Palmer’s race. Ericsson however, continued to go from strength to strength, eventually crossing the line in 2nd place, securing another podium finish, and more points for the team.
Sunday’s Sprint Race brought more bad luck for Palmer, but also for team mate Ericsson, when the driver in an attempt to overtake Berthon for 2nd place, hit the wall at turn two, resulting in Gutierrez, Colleti and Valsecchi following pursuit. Shortly after the restart, Palmer went on to suffer the same fate on lap 3, when Cecotto exited the final corner wide. On re-joining the pack, the driver collided with Palmer who was running alongside him, resulting in early retirement for both drivers.
Paul Jackson - Team Principal
“Qualifying was a little disappointing after our free practice pace, but there were no particular problems, just a few small issues with traffic that cost both drivers a couple of tenths or so.
The feature race produced a great result for Marcus with a hard fought second place, but disappointment for Jolyon when contact with Leimer spun him round on lap one and damaged the nose, so an early stop for a replacement nose put him right to the back. Whilst fighting back through the field, Jolyon was unfortunately involved in another incident that put him out of the race.
Race two looked to start well with Marcus going straight from P7 on the grid to 3rd at the first corner, but at turn two, Berthon appeared to force Marcus of the track and into the wall ending his race on the spot. Jolyon was another retirement after contact with Cecotto, ending a promising weekend on a somewhat sour note.
The positive thing is both drivers had good pace in qualifying and the races so we can look forward to Silverstone with some optimism.”
On leaving Valencia, iSport have secured another 16 points and lie in 7th place in the championship. The next round takes places on 6-7 July at the Silverstone circuit in the UK.