ONE BEST FINISH, ONE NON-FINISH FOR DPR IN SPA David Price Racing (DPR) continued to show improvement in their performance today, with Michael Herck posting his best Sprint race finish of the season, a 12th place. Team mate Diego Nunes was less...
ONE BEST FINISH, ONE NON-FINISH FOR DPR IN SPA
David Price Racing (DPR) continued to show improvement in their performance today, with Michael Herck posting his best Sprint race finish of the season, a 12th place. Team mate Diego Nunes was less fortunate, being punted into a spin and out of the race from 11th place.
Nunes, after finishing 13th on track yesterday, benefited from other drivers' penalties, to be classified 12th, and team mate Herck was 14th, the positions they lined up in for the start of today's Sprint race.
The weather was kinder for the start of the 18 lap dash from lights to flag this morning and the field were able to start on dry tyres. The start of the race, with cold tyres and a damp track from earlier rain, saw the field jostling for position, with both Nunes and Herck losing places through the first corners, resulting in Nunes having dropped to 16th, with Herck in 24th by the end of the first lap.
Both Nunes and Herck recovered from the disappointing opening lap, with Nunes moving up to run in 14th position in the early stages, with Herck sitting in 19th. Nunes began trying to move forward, quickly taking 13th after four laps of racing. A slide into the barriers for Mike Conway promoted Nunes to 12th and Herck up into 18th place. Less than a lap later an incident for Alberto Valerio brought out the safety car.
With Nunes lying in 11th position and Herck in 16th place, the GP2 field was bunched up behind the safety car for the restart and the remaining 11 laps of the race. At the restart, the cars were backed up by the leader, and on the release, Luca Filippi slid off track and back into the side of Nunes, putting him into a spin and ending his race. Meanwhile Herck had avoided the chaotic restart to lie in 14th position, and was up to 13th at the midpoint of the race. As the laps counted down Herck maintained a steady pace, and while others around struggled, the young DPR driver continued to race on at the challenging Spa circuit. Crossing the finish line in 12th position, Herck celebrated his best Sprint race result this season.
David Price, Team Principal, said after the race today, "Michael ran well today. The track, becoming more and more slippery as the race progressed, caught out quite a few of the drivers, but Michael coped well in difficult conditions, and gained valuable experience at this tough track, as well as posting his best finish. It was disappointing for Diego to be knocked out of the race. He was running well and could have had another top ten finish, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
The final round of the 2008 GP2 Series will take place next weekend at the famed Italian Monza circuit.