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Monza: Trident Racing qualifying report

Davide Rigon, 13th (1:30.922) Ricardo Teixeira, 24th (1:32.640) The 9th round of the 2009 GP2 Main Series took off today in the wonderful frame of the Monza venue. The home round has always been special to Trident Racing, thanks to the huge ...

Davide Rigon, 13th (1:30.922)
Ricardo Teixeira, 24th (1:32.640)

The 9th round of the 2009 GP2 Main Series took off today in the wonderful frame of the Monza venue. The home round has always been special to Trident Racing, thanks to the huge support from friends, partners, supporters giving their contribution to the team's morale on the Italian Grand weekend. Davide Rigon and Ricardo Teixeira made their way on-track today for practice as well as the highly-decisive qualifying session. At the end of the 30-minute session, setting the grid for tomorrow's Race 1, Davide Rigon took a spot on Row 7 by clocking the 13th fastest lap of the day. Despite the true speed potential of the car and driver wasn't fully expressed due to traffic and a driving mistake at Parabolica, there will be plenty to do on race day. Teixeira ended up in 24th, increasing his confide nce on one of the world's fastest circuits. The Angolan was running for the first time at the racetrack and with his car's light downforce package. Race 1 will be broadcasted live by satellite channel Sky Sport tomorrow at 16:00 CET. Race 2 will be starting on Sunday at 10.30.

Davide Rigon. "Today we ran good, even tough a slight mistake preventing me from entering the top-8. I did the best I could in both the first and the second intermediate, but I lost two tenths at the Parabolica corner. With such a tight battle, the error cost me five spots on the grid. I'm quite optimist for tomorrow's Race 1. Our car reacts well and we get a good tire wear. We'll face the major obstacle of the day at the first corner, where there's no space with no possibility to run over kerbs without spinning. I'll cross my finger and I hope to reward the team and all our supporters with a great result".

Ricardo Texeira. "Running at more than 300 kilometers per hour on such an historical racetrack is totally impressive! Monza is really fun, handing you a lot of emotions. In practice I quickly learned to avoid the new kerbs, because hitting them means a sure spin. In Qualifying I progressively improved my laptimes, but I made a mistake on my best lap, losing 8 tenths of a second at Parabolica. Coming to the flag tomorrow won't be easy due to the many obstacles you can find along, and to the bad weather we expect. Succeeding in that might be the key to get a good starting spot on Sunday".

-credit: trident

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Series GP2
Drivers Davide Rigon , Ricardo Teixeira
Teams Trident