SPA, RACE 2: ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH FOR SCUDERIA COLONI AND PARENTE Scuderia Coloni clinched podium again in Spa, with Alvaro Parente finishing 3rd after another amazing race. The Portuguese driver started from P7 due to GP2's reversed grid,...
SPA, RACE 2: ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH FOR SCUDERIA COLONI AND PARENTE
Scuderia Coloni clinched podium again in Spa, with Alvaro Parente finishing 3rd after another amazing race.
The Portuguese driver started from P7 due to GP2's reversed grid, but this for him was just the chance to go for another staggering recovery: with some very aggressive driving he overtook his rivals lap after lap, jumping on the third step of the podium.
Alvaro's start was good enough to keep 7th place, going down through Eau Rouge behind Pic and Van der Garde. The first laps were pretty uneventful, with the drivers studying each other's line to seek an overtaking point but Parente made up one place anyway thanks to Filippi's retirement after a contact that also forced the Race Direction to send the Safety-Car in.
After the restart, on lap 4, Parente raised his pace and closed quickly the gap on Pic. On lap 6 he was just behind the Frenchman and got a much better speed through the Eau Rouge-Raidillon compression, then passing his rival on the Kemmel straight and taking P5. With a much quicker pace than the drivers ahead, the Portuguese was immediately on Turvey's tail and passed him in the same way on lap 7.
Then, due to Vietoris crashing hard in the barriers the Safety-Car was again on track, but things didn't change at the restart. Parente was much quicker than Gonzalez and Van der Garde, and with the two fighting each other he tried an amazing move: coming out really fast from Raidillon he took the inside on the Kemmel straight passing both his opponents. Unfortunately he was on the wet part of the track and so Van der Garde was able to pass again under braking, with Parente settling in 3rd place.
The chances for a further recovery were ruined by another long Safety-Car period because of a crash by Pic. With just three laps available after the restart Parente had just a chance to pass Van der Garde in Les Combes, but the Dutch driver closed the door and Parente finished in P3, bringing another joy to Scuderia Coloni.
Vladimir Arabadzhiev meanwhile was again very unlucky: the Bulgarian driver was in P19 on the grid but immediately passed Chilton at the start and after laps he was already in 15th position. When the SC came on track for the second time he had even climbed to P12, but a technical gremlin forced him into the pits, ending his race.
Paolo Coloni: "Two podiums in a weekend are really a great feeling, and Alvaro leaves Spa as the driver who scored the most points, something that makes us very proud. I want to thank our driver for the great job he did: I had no doubt about it because I know his talent but he showed again that he's a great driver both on track and in the box, when he speaks with the engineers.
"I'm very sorry for Arabadzhiev, because he started the weekend really well, with a 12th place in the Free Practice. Then the big crash in qualifying complicated the weekend: the team was great in rebuilding the car in time for the race but there are some needed checks that we will be able to do only when we will be back at the factory. In Race 2 he was good again, passing from P19 to P12, but the was stopped by an electrical glitch that didn't depend on the team".
Alvaro Parente: "It was another great race! The sart wasn't the best possible, it was just good, and despite losing some time due to a car missing the braking in front of me I managed immediately to catch the guys ahead. Getting two podiums on my comeback to the series is amazing. You know, all the driver here raced for the whole season, did testing, and I didn't have the chance to drive this car for a very long time. So, to be already on same pace of the best competition meaned that both me and the team did an amazing job. So I'd like to say thanks to Scuderia Coloni for giving me a perfect car again, and to my sponsor AdF for giving me the possibility to be here".
-source: scuderia coloni