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Monaco: iSport race 2 report

Penalties thwart Turvey and Valsecchi as iSport leave Monaco empty handed...... In an eventful race two at the Circuit de Monaco, iSport racers Oliver Turvey and Davide Valsecchi were both on the wrong end of some more bad luck. British racer ...

Penalties thwart Turvey and Valsecchi as iSport leave Monaco empty handed......

In an eventful race two at the Circuit de Monaco, iSport racers Oliver Turvey and Davide Valsecchi were both on the wrong end of some more bad luck. British racer Oliver Turvey, starting from fifteenth made up several places as others crashed out ahead of him. Turvey was running as high as ninth when the safety car was deployed for two accidents involving Albert Valerio and Rodolfo Gonzalez. His progress however was halted when he was handed a drive through penalty for missing the apex at turn one at the start leaving him fifteenth. His team mate Davide Valsecchi showed the pace of his iSport GP2 car as he exchanged fastest laps with Sam Bird in the early stages of the race. However, Valsecchi was also handed a drive through penalty for the same offense as his team mate demoting him back to sixteenth.

Oliver Turvey
"I got a good start, on the approach to turn one I saw a lot of smoke ahead and it looked like there was a collision further up, so I did cut the first corner to avoid what I thought was a collision. I didn't gain any advantage, I made sure I slotted back in to where I was. I didn't gain anything so I was a bit surprised to get the penalty. Before this my race was going well. I managed to overtake Ericsson in to the hairpin on the first lap. We were moving forwards, we were into the top ten. I felt good with the car; again Monaco is hard to overtake so starting so far back it was always going to be difficult. I think we learned something from this weekend we tried some things on the car so we'll move onwards now to hopefully have a good result in Turkey".

Davide Valsecchi
"The car felt really good. We managed to make up some places and I felt the best I have ever felt in a car driving in Monaco. So we were fast but because of the penalty in qualifying and also being hit yesterday we did not get a result. I cut the corner as I saw other's doing the same and just followed them through; I didn't gain any positions from this. Towards the end of the race the car felt much quicker than the cars in front and the tyres were really good at the end of the race, which is like it was in Asia so I feel quite good about the car for the next race".

-source: iSport

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Series GP2
Drivers Sam Bird , Davide Valsecchi , Oliver Turvey