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Nurburgring: Racing Engineering race one report

More points for Neel Jani, who starts 3rd tomorrow! Racing Engineering's Neel Jani obtained an excellent 6th place in Saturday's race at the Nürburgring given the fact that he suffered from significant oversteer on his car. This problem didn't...

More points for Neel Jani, who starts 3rd tomorrow!

Racing Engineering's Neel Jani obtained an excellent 6th place in Saturday's race at the Nürburgring given the fact that he suffered from significant oversteer on his car. This problem didn't allow Neel to fight with the same weapons as his competitors, but nevertheless the Swiss took three points over the finish line.

Neel Jani had a good start to the race keeping his 3rd position but quickly noticed an abnormally strong oversteer on his car that made it very hard for him to even stay on the track. Under these circumstances and with the other competitors closing the gap quickly from behind, Neel had to wave the white flag and give up any realistic chance of making it to the podium. Neel could keep his fourth position until 29th lap, but not at any cost and always respecting the rules. Neel, who was doing the almost impossible withtha car suffering from so much oversteer, finished the race in 6 position. His outstanding performance under such circumstances was not only rewarded with 3 points, but also with a 3rd position on the starting grid of Sunday's race, once again keeping his chances alive to make it onto the podium.

Borja Garcia on the other hand wasn't as successful as his teammate. After and extraordinary start where he made up quite a few positions, he missed his braking point at the end of the straight. Borja wasn't able to correct his mistake in time and hit a competitor's car at the first corner and had to retire from the race. A real pity for the Spaniard, as so far it was always bad luck that kept him from proving his speed and capabilities. Unfortunately, Borja will not be participating in Sunday's race due to a stewards' decision in excluding him from the race after this unintended incident. Borja's team is sorry about this decision, which it is not agreeing with, but nevertheless respects. But what we cannot understand though, is the generosity with which other drivers in the championship have been treated in previous incidents involving similar or more dangerous situations.

At the end of the race Neel Jani said, "I had a good start but my car very quickly started to oversteer. I entered the pits leading the race and joined the race again in 4th position. But the oversteer on my car just got worse and worse. I drove like crazy so as to keep my position, but in the end, I also made a mistake and two cars passed me. Normally you don't get oversteer like this and I actually think that it was caused by my tyres. The 6th position was the best I could do under these circumstances. Let's see what happens tomorrow, where I start from 3rd again".

Borja Garcia, after an early exit to the race, commented, "I made a very good start...until the end of the straight where I missed the braking point and crashed into Carrroll. I already spoke to him in private, but would also like to take this opportunity to say sorry in public. I know this is no excuse, but I lost my reference point on the straight due to another driver. I am aware about committing an error, but without any bad intention and I definitely didn't want to take anyone out of the race. This is not my style. It's a pity as I could have made a good race, but that's racing".

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Racing Engineering's team principal, announced, "Neel made a really great race, although he had a serious problem with his car. He was able to keep up with the pressure from the other drivers in the best of styles. Now we have to figure out what caused this extreme oversteer, but it already looks like it was due to the tyres. Concerning Borja, he made a very good start, but maybe was just too fast...I am convinced he has learned his lesson".

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Series GP2
Drivers Neel Jani , Borja Garcia
Teams Racing Engineering