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Spa: Trident Racing weekend summary

Race 1 Davide Rigon, DNF Ricardo Teixeira, DNF Race 2 Davide Rigon, 5th Ricardo Teixeira, 14th The eight round of the 2009 GP2 Main Series has been one of the hardest and most unfortunate of Trident Racing's history. The worst moment ...

Race 1
Davide Rigon, DNF
Ricardo Teixeira, DNF

Race 2
Davide Rigon, 5th
Ricardo Teixeira, 14th

The eight round of the 2009 GP2 Main Series has been one of the hardest and most unfortunate of Trident Racing's history. The worst moment came before Race 1, when cars complete some insallation laps before getting to the grid. During the routine pre-race preparations, Ricardo Teixeira restarted from the pit-lane as usual, but a wheel gun got stuck on one of his wing's endplates, pulling the team toolbox forward. Unfortunately, an air hose we use for pit-stops hit Vasco Rossi, one of our car chiefs, hard on the head, injuring him seriously. He was treated on the place and admitted to the Liege hospital, where he's still receiving care. News have been positive since the beginning, excluding life-threatening consequences. Rossi passed the nights of Saturday and Sunday without complic ations, and he's still there due to an hairline ear fracture that prevents him from flying. He'll be back to Italy on the next weekend. Before talking about results, which were obviously overshadowed by what happened, Trident Racing want to thank who have been close to the team in such a tough moment, especially the medical staff of McLaren, that gave Vasco the first care after the incident. From the sporting point of view, the races at Spa-Francorchams handed Trident Racing a well-deserved points finish, as Davide Rigon ended up Race 2 in 5th. The race held on Saturday could have brought him to a top-8 finish, before he was caught in an unavoidable crash triggered by Karun Chandhok at the Les Combes corner. Teixeira also retired on Race 1 due to an on-grid engine problem. The Angolan driver came back to 14th on Race 2, lapping consistently fast. Triden t Racing will be spending the two weeks before the penultimate round of the seasom, scheduled for September 12 and 13 at Monza, in preparing for a flawless performance on its home venue. The team's attention though will be on the recovery of Vasco Rossi. We're waiting him to be back sooner than possible. All the team is aware of huge contribution he gave on both the technical and professional standpoint.

Davide Rigon. "It's been a weekend with mixed emotions. Starting from the fears for Vasco, who we're expecting on-track really soon, to the disappointment for how Race 1 ended up and the satifaction for the points finish captured on Race 2. Sunday has been the best part of the weekend: while on Saturday I was hit by Chandhok after showing an impressive pace, I've been able to end-up into the top-5 despite having to start from the second half of the field. The only scary moment came on lap 1, when Michael Herck tapped me from behind. I feared for my rear wing but everything seemed fine right after and through the whole race. This is my best result of the season, and it's all for Vasco: we wait you back!"

Ricardo Teixeira. "Saturday has been a day to forget really fast. We had the pit-lane incident with all the fears that arised from it, though they fortunately started fading as positive news kept coming from the hospital. Then we had an engine issue that prevented me from taking off. A black day. Sunday we have been motivated by the improving conditions of Vasco, and I really wanted to have a good race. The final position could have been better without a mistake at La Source, where I made a spin, but my pace proved to be solid. Staying in the pack on such a tough circuit is a good sign to me. I'm looking forward to the next race at Monza. A really special venue, and the home track of the team."

-credit: trident racing

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Series GP2
Drivers Davide Rigon , Ricardo Teixeira , Karun Chandhok , Michael Herck
Teams Trident