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Spa: Ocean Racing Technology qualifying report

Ocean Racing Technology on pole at Spa Parente first, Chandhok sixth Ocean Racing Technology secured pole position for the first race of the Belgian round of the GP2 Main Series on the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps today courtesy of Alvaro ...

Ocean Racing Technology on pole at Spa

Parente first, Chandhok sixth

Ocean Racing Technology secured pole position for the first race of the Belgian round of the GP2 Main Series on the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps today courtesy of Alvaro Parente. The Portuguese driver, who had been fast in the morning practice session that took place on a wet track, knew how to take advantage of every bit of potential from his single-seater and translated it into pole position on the now dry circuit in the Ardennes.

Karun Chandhok fought for some time to secure first place on the starting grid for himself and actually held provisional pole position for a little while. However, he was hindered by Lucas di Grassi on his last flying lap, and as such finished the qualifying session in sixth place.

This afternoon's pole position secured by Alvaro Parente on the mythical Belgian circuit is the first for Ocean Racing Technology in their debut season in the GP2 Main Series. The achievement by the Portuguese racer underlines the extent of progress made by the team directed by Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes.

Alvaro Parente is the only driver to have lapped below 1:55 and now approaches the first race with confidence and determination. "This result is excellent and opens up some prospects for Saturday's race. I started the session with two good laps but a mistake at the chicane prevented me from fighting for pole. Then I had a clean lap and the lap time came naturally. The car is really fast and even though we are in the same rhythm as most, I think we should be able to fight for the win," Alvaro Parente explained. "My aim is to have a good start and then have very good race pace during the entire race. I am optimistic and very happy with this result."

Lucas di Grassi was penalized three places on the grid for obstructing Karun Chandhok on his fast lap and despite this missed opportunity, the Indian driver remains positive. "Qualifying was interesting. The car has great handling and balance and is very fast. It is a pity to have been hampered by another driver and to be forced to start in 6th but I think we have what it takes for a solid race. Spa is a track where overtaking is possible without taking silly risks and I am confident of bringing the car home with a good result."

-credit: ort

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Series GP2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Alvaro Parente , Lucas di Grassi