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Nurburgring: Trident Racing race one report

Ricardo Teixeira, 15th Rodolfo Gonzalez, 19th Trident Racing finally got a positive feeling from the 5th round of the 2009 GP2 Main Series at the Nurburgring. On Race 2 at the German venue both Ricardo Teixeira and Rodolfo Gonzalez made it to...

Ricardo Teixeira, 15th
Rodolfo Gonzalez, 19th

Trident Racing finally got a positive feeling from the 5th round of the 2009 GP2 Main Series at the Nurburgring. On Race 2 at the German venue both Ricardo Teixeira and Rodolfo Gonzalez made it to the end with convincing laptimes.

Teixeira ended up in 15th after recovering from the back of the pack and improving his marks lap-by-lap in the second half. Gonzalez did a great job at the start, but made contact with D'Ambrosio and broke his front wing. The team profited from the unscheduled pit to put dry tires on.

Despite the lack of experience, Gonzalez managed his car well, getting faster and faster while the track dried, and then became the fastest man on-track together with Valerio trough the second half. Unfortunately, he was forced to a stop by an hit from behind received by anoher car with two to go.

Trident Racing is now ready to move with confidence to the Hungaroring, where the Main Series will be back underway in two weeks, starting the second half of the 2009 season.

Ricardo Teixeira. "I'm satisfied with how things went on today. Despite the tough track conditions, I didn't commit mistakes. It was my first wet race in the GP2 Main Series, and it was so easy to do something wrong, so I decided to take it easy at the start. I did it maybe a little bit too much, as I anticipated braking at the first corner. I could have even passed a couple more cars, but I didn't know what kind of grip expect on the first corner. On lap 1, I lost time in a contact with Perera, and the pack moved on abut 10 seconds. Lap after lap I got closer, managing to catch again Razia. I'm happy with the car's performance, it seemed really competitive with today's track."

Rodolfo Gonzalez. "I've been positively impressed by how my race went on today. I made a good start on Race 2 too, getting close to Jerome D'Ambrosio at the first corner. Unfortunately, we made contact, I damaged my front wing and was forced to be back into the pits. I came back on-track with slick tires and, after the first laps when the asphalt was still too wet, a dry line started to appear and laptimes grew progressively lower. I clocked the fastest lap of the race several times, fighting with Valerio. I'm sorry for not having had the chance to finalize the job, but I'm glad I showed my true potential as well as the team's. I hope there'll be some more occasions."

-credit: tr

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Series GP2
Drivers Ricardo Teixeira , Rodolfo Gonzalez
Teams Trident