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Silverstone: DPR Direxiv race one report

SOLID RACE AT SILVERSTONE SECURES FRONT ROW START FOR DPR DIREXIV After an incident-filled race at Silverstone today, both DPR Direxiv drivers, Clivio Piccione and Mike Conway, can look forward to the weekend's second, sprint race with a good...

SOLID RACE AT SILVERSTONE SECURES FRONT ROW START FOR DPR DIREXIV

After an incident-filled race at Silverstone today, both DPR Direxiv drivers, Clivio Piccione and Mike Conway, can look forward to the weekend's second, sprint race with a good deal of anticipation.

Piccione's 7th place finish secured him a front row start for tomorrow, while Conway -- making his GP2 debut -- drove a solid and capable race to 11th. Team Principal David Price was in a buoyant mood: "I'm very happy and we're starting in the right place tomorrow with Clivio's front row. Mike will be in the middle of the pack but that's not a bad result at all for his first GP2 race. After his stall at the start, he kept his nose clean and made the most of the safety car periods to close up to the pack. You have to take your luck when it comes in this game and we reckon we're due some. We won here last year after having had a fairly dreadful few races so perhaps Silverstone will be good to us again."

Piccione, the 22-year-old from Monaco, was also a happy man, despite having struggled with a few technical problems during the race. "It was a tough race for me but I'm obviously happy with the front row start tomorrow and for sure I'm aiming for a win. I had some gearbox problems from the start which, combined with a long pedal at a couple of braking points and the generally very windy conditions, made it tough. We're going to look at the data to see what caused the problems, have a think about the set up, and we should be good for tomorrow. My plan is, of course, to get into the lead and pull out as big a gap as possible!"

Current British F3 Championship leader Mike Conway was delighted to have brought his car home to the chequered flag. "I'm happy enough, although my stall at the start was a bit of pain! I think I held the clutch a bit too long; I'd done okay when I'd practiced earlier, but not this time. I had the pace during the race which was good, and I'm now getting used to how to handle the cars, and the tyre wear. Doing a pit stop was fun, and I had a good pull away from there. We'll now look at the data and see how I can improve for tomorrow. I had fun today and I'm looking forward to it."

-dpr-

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Series GP2
Drivers Clivio Piccione , Mike Conway , David Price