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Spa: iSport race two report

Chandhok just misses out, Senna's title hopes intact Both iSport drivers were in the wars during the GP2 Series sprint at Spa. Karun Chandhok was barged off the track at La Source on lap one and spent the balance of the 18-lap race fighting his...

Chandhok just misses out, Senna's title hopes intact

Both iSport drivers were in the wars during the GP2 Series sprint at Spa. Karun Chandhok was barged off the track at La Source on lap one and spent the balance of the 18-lap race fighting his way through the field. His dogged efforts were rewarded with eighth place, but no points.

Team-mate Bruno Senna made good early progress on a track rendered slippery by a pre-race shower. From 11th on the grid, he had worked his way into a points-scoring position when rival Sebastien Buemi tipped the Brazilian into a spin at the final chicane. Senna was obliged to retire to the pits, but he remains in the thick of the GP2 title fight: there are 20 points at stake at Monza next weekend and Senna trails series leader Giorgio Pantano by 11.

Karun Chandhok

"My race was ruined at the first corner. The track was damp and I was taking things easily, trying to keep my nose clean, when Sakon Yamamoto banged into me and spun me around. After that I just put my head down and recovered as many places as I could. The fact I finished eighth underlined that I could have scored a really good result today. The car was great, but that doesn't help much when somebody shoves to the back of the field."

Bruno Senna

"Conditions were very slippery at the start, so I just tried to be patient and took my opportunities as they came. After the restart I was following Buemi and Romain Grosjean very closely and they ran side by side through Blanchimont, which isn't really a passing place. They both lost momentum as a result and I was able to draft past Grosjean. Buemi then took the inside line to defend his position into the final chicane, but he subsequently moved across and I was already there.

"It was a disappointing way to end what had been a good race, but the title fight is still alive. I have quite a bit of ground to make up at Monza, but I was very quick when we tested in low-downforce configuration earlier this year and I'm confident we can end the year with a flourish."

-credit: isportinternational.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Karun Chandhok , Bruno Senna , Sakon Yamamoto , Sébastien Buemi , Romain Grosjean