BARCELONA, RACE 2: CECCON ALREADY ON THE PACE
The second race of the Barcelona GP2 weekend brought some very good news to Scuderia Coloni and Kevin Ceccon. The Italian driver ended his race in 15th place, showing an impressive pace and managing the tyres like a very experienced driver, something that allowed him to be very aggressive in the closing stages, passing rivals and finishing only 1” adift from P12.
Just as yesterday the race started with a caution period, this time caused by a crash at the start between Bianchi and Van der Garde. Ceccon was 23rd at the end of lap 1, but he kept his mind cool and drove on the strategy he had agreed with the team: controlled pace, very easy on the tyres for the first half, and then full attack mode in the second half of the race. Ceccon sticked himself to the tail of Ws by Renault champion Mikhail Aleshin for the first laps, and then passed him on lap 14, starting the chase for Palmer and Mirocha. At this time Kevin was quicker than the drivers in the mid-pack and closed quickly on his opponents, yet keeping a margin to nurse his tyres: on lap 21 he avoided a crash between Filippi and Razia and then passed Palmer, while on the penultimate lap he also passed Mirocha for P15. Thanks to his clever tyres management Kevin arrived in the last laps with fresher rubber compared to his rivals, and on the last lap he was 2” quicker than Leal and Cecotto, crossing the line just 0.1 adrift of the south-american duo.
Michael Herck drove also a very good race, but the Romanian was again punted by Gutierrez and forced into retirement. The ART driver, who already got a 10 places penalty on the grid for crashing into Herck yesterday, did the same today just after that Michael had passed him on lap 13. In that moment Herck was lapping on the low 1’36 pace and a great recovery race was possible for him. Now the GP2 pack will move to Monaco for the most awaited race of the season, where Herck will try to get rid of this bad luck and Ceccon will continue his learning process.
Paolo Coloni: “I’m really satisfied with what Kevin did in this weekend. He is very young, so getting a too emotional approach from him was a possibility we had to take into account. Anyway this wasn’t the case at all, he was very cool minded and finished both races with no mistakes at all, which was exactly what we asked him. In Race 2 he boasted a great pace, he made clean passes, and he managed his tyre like a very experienced drivers. If the race was 2 laps more, he would have passed easily at least another three cars, so I think he really did an amazing job for a rookie. I am very sorry for Herck, who again had the pace for an impressive race but was forced out by a rival. I’m sure that he wants to take his revenge on bad luck in Monaco, and we’ll do our best to give him a quick car to do so”.
-source: Scuderia Coloni