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Silverstone: Karun Chandhok race one report

CHANDHOK STORMS TO PODIUM FINISH AT SILVERSTONE SILVERSTONE, Great Britain: India's Karun Chandhok scored a sensational podium finish in Saturday's GP2 feature race at Silverstone, after a storming drive to finish third from tenth on the grid in...

CHANDHOK STORMS TO PODIUM FINISH AT SILVERSTONE

SILVERSTONE, Great Britain: India's Karun Chandhok scored a sensational podium finish in Saturday's GP2 feature race at Silverstone, after a storming drive to finish third from tenth on the grid in his iSport International car.

The 24-year-old from Chennai, who is backed by Red Bull, Punj Lloyd, JK Tyre, Amaron, ICSA Logistics and Sidvin, added to his previous podium finish this year ( at another classic track, Monaco ) with a stunning performance that included a vast array of passing manoeuvres.

"That has to be my best race ever in GP2," said Karun, who is already a winner in Formula 1's feeder formula after his victory at Spa-Francorchamps last year. "My pace was really quick today. Considering it's meant to be difficult to overtake around Silverstone, I don't think I did too bad - I passed more cars in one day than I have all season !"

Chandhok gained one position at the start, when Mike Conway made a poor start, forcing Karun to swerve around his stranded car, and then began to carve his way through the field. He passed Toyota F1 protege Kamui Kobayashi at the Abbey chicane, Andy Soucek around the outside of the dauntingly-fast Stowe corner, Luca Filippi at Brooklands, Andi Zuber at Club, GP2 Asia champion Romain Grosjean at Brooklands and team-mate Bruno Senna during the pitstops.

"Apart from Giorgio Pantano, who won the race, we were faster than everyone else," said Karun. "It was such a shame that I got blocked on new tyres in qualifying, or I wouldn't have been stuck in the traffic in the first place. We knew before the start that the race would be all about managing the tyres, just like they do in Formula 1, because this is one of the toughest tracks of the year. It was such a great race to be involved with, there was so much going on, and it was brilliant to stand on the Silverstone podium."

"I was quicker than Lucas di Grassi, who finished second, but I just didn't have the time to catch him. But to finish third from tenth on the grid after passing a lot of guys feels awesome. The team did a great job and I really have to thank them and all the sponsors for their fantastic support."

Chandhok will be back on track for Sunday's sprint race at Silverstone (July 6) starting 6th on the grid.

-credit: kc

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Series GP2
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Karun Chandhok , Mike Conway , Lucas di Grassi , Luca Filippi , Andy Soucek , Romain Grosjean