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Monaco: Karun Chandhok preview

CHANDHOK BELIEVES QUALIFYING KEY TO SUCCESS AT MONACO Chennai, India, May 21, 2009: India's leading race driver Karun Chandhok is hoping for a change in luck as he heads to the prestigious Principality of Monaco this weekend. The GP2 Series...

CHANDHOK BELIEVES QUALIFYING KEY TO SUCCESS AT MONACO

Chennai, India, May 21, 2009: India's leading race driver Karun Chandhok is hoping for a change in luck as he heads to the prestigious Principality of Monaco this weekend. The GP2 Series supports moves to the unique and unpredictable streets of Monte Carlo, where Chandhok will be looking to get his season off to a start. Chandhok is hoping to do a repeat of last year's podium, at one of his favourite circuits. The Chennai born driver will be driving for the newly formed Ocean Racing Technology team in the GP2 series this year is backed by Punj Lloyd, JK Tyre and Amaron.

Speaking on the upcoming weekend, Chandhok said, "Monaco has always been one of my favourites as it's a great circuit and a fantastic challenge for all drivers. With the barriers so close, there is no room for even the slightest error and this is what makes Monaco one of the best tracks in the world. I have fond memories here including my podium in last year and my objective this weekend is to score as many points as possible."

The street circuit has many elevation changes, tight corners as well as the high speed sections around the casino and swimming pool, which makes it one of the most demanding tracks on the Formula One calendar. Unlike other circuits, experience and high levels of concentration have to be used to get a good result at this circuit. A key factor that will determine the outcome of the Monaco GP is qualifying. Karun said "Overtaking is really tough so getting a good qualifying position is very important here. It is a full on street circuit so it is very tough to attempt any real overtaking maneuvers unless the car in front makes a mistake or has a problem. Track position here is everything we will have to make sure we take advantage of the practice session in order to get the car set-up perfectly for qualifying."

Acknowledging the support from his sponsors Chandhok said, "My partners have shown fantastic support and we are all very excited to work with ORT this year. Punj Lloyd, JK Tyre and Amaron continue to back my program and I am very grateful to them for this. We are looking forward to a strong season together."

-credit: kc

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