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Silverstone: Racing Engineering race two report

The Racing Engineering revival show was in full swing today in Silverstone with Adam Carroll building on yesterday's third placed finish by going one better, claiming second in race two at his home circuit to bring home a lucky thirteen points for...

The Racing Engineering revival show was in full swing today in Silverstone with Adam Carroll building on yesterday's third placed finish by going one better, claiming second in race two at his home circuit to bring home a lucky thirteen points for the teamfrom their most successful weekend of the year, so far.

Before the race Adam said that he was looking for more points today, starting as he did from sixth on the grid. But as usual the plucky Ulsterman found himself at the centre of an action packed race, holding his nerve as others fell all around him; Adam built on a storming start by muscling his way past most of his highly rated competition to finish third on track behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Felix Porteiro. The Spaniard was later stripped of his finish after checks in scrutineering found some irregularities with both Campos cars, handing second place to Adam.

Javier Villa had as tough a fight as his teammate, battling throughout the race with a number of drivers in a car that felt good right from the start, allowing him to take the fight to the others. Unfortunately the car went away slightly after the restart, but nonetheless the pace was there and he finished in a solid thirteenth position.

Team principalAlfonso de Orleans-Borbonwas delighted with his team's efforts after the race, noting: Yesterday we lost a few positions, and today we gained a few positions. All in all two podiums, a third and a second, pole and quite a few points means that the team is there; we lost out a bit at the start of the year, but hopefully now we're gaining it all back and getting momentum. Adam was fantastic: I have to admit I was having a bit of a heart attack when there were three cars where there were only supposed to be one, butnothing happened, thank God! Javi is trying lots of things and getting experience; he's figured out that maybe the previous set up was not what he needed, and he was one of the quickest drivers in the first sector here. Overall it was probably the best race of the season, and we were on the podiumagain, although I do feel a little sorry for Felix. We're off to Paul Ricard next, and there's a long list of things to do, but I think we will consolidate a bit now."

Adam Carrollwas thrilled to be on the podium again after such a tough race, stating: "It was a good race by everybody, really! The guys battled really well, drove really hard, and when the opportunity came around we were in a good position to make the most of it. When Nelson went a little wide I was close toGiorgio, and I could just go around them and take fourth, and then I just pushed hard up to Clivio, got a good slipstream in the straight, pulled out and took him. I had high hopes coming here anyway of turning everything around, and we're working hard enough, so I'm pretty happy."

Back in the truck after the race Javier Villa said: Today was better than yesterday; the car was good and I could move up. After the safety car our car changed a little bit; it was pushing back a little bit and was difficultin the slower parts of the track; but it was still better, and we were only a little bit off for speed. I'm sure, with a bit more work at the tests, it will be really good."

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Series GP2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Adam Carroll , Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering