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Monza: Trident Racing race two report

Trident Racing ended this week`s event at Monza with many regrets. Sunday morning`s Race 2 started with a great performance by Ricardo Risatti, who led 9 laps after starting from the pole. The Argentinean`s race was then jeopardized by a move...

Trident Racing ended this week`s event at Monza with many regrets. Sunday morning`s Race 2 started with a great performance by Ricardo Risatti, who led 9 laps after starting from the pole. The Argentinean`s race was then jeopardized by a move tried by Giorgio Pantano, who missed braking point at Prima Variante and hit him, leaving the team`s Dallara with a bent right rear suspension triangle. Risatti was then forced to retire at lap 10 after another contact, while team-mate Kohei Hirate successfully recovered from the back to end up in 10th. In the aftermath, the Japanese was penalized 25 seconds due to a cut chicane, moving back to 14th.

Kohei Hirate - 14th

"Today`s race was an hard and grueling one. I experienced minor troubles in getting the car into the chicanes but, in the end, I had good chances to recover and pass other cars. I`m glad I was able to bring my Dallara to the finish untouched, and that`s not so easy considering the fights we always see at the first chicane, especially among the back of the pack. I think this race will be a great prelude to the one we`ll be entering next weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. I know the Belgian track well and I`m determined to bring home a good result".

Ricardo Risatti - DNF

"I had a good start from pole position, and managed to keep the lead with ease in the initial stages. After 9 laps, I saw Pantano coming behind me on a very fast pace; I was ready to give room and let him pass when he tried a desperate and senseless move at Prima Variante. Due to the following contact, I found myself with a damaged right rear suspension and a successive contact with Glock left me with no steering. It`s a real shame to see a race started so good end in that way, also because the team and I really made made no mistakes".

Alessandro Alunni Bravi (Team Principal)

"I feel really bad for Risatti, who put together a perfect race until he was hit from behind at the first chicane by Giorgio Pantano in a very risky move. The contact bent the right rear triangle, and Ricardo found himself plagued by handling problems. Right after the incident, he was also touched by Glock and passed by Senna and Filippi; the two cut the corner, but failed to give back position. I think that all drivers must respect the rules, and it`s time for the stewards to take some decisions over the events that conditioned Risatti`s potential points finish. Apart from the penalty received after the race, Kohei Hirate had a great run, showing to be as fast as the front runners; I`m glad he managed to rebound from the bad result scored in qualifying, and I hope he`ll find new motivations to express himself and the high value of Trident Racing`s technical staff".

-credit: tridentracing.it

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Series GP2
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Ricardo Risatti , Kohei Hirate
Teams Trident