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Valencia: Renault race two report

Troubled Sunday race for the RDD boys Jose Maria Lopez and Lucas DiGrassi both retired from the Sunday race in the GP2 Series in Valencia. Brazilian DiGrassi and his Durango car originally started 17th on the grid, but after two cars in front...

Troubled Sunday race for the RDD boys

Jose Maria Lopez and Lucas DiGrassi both retired from the Sunday race in the GP2 Series in Valencia.

Brazilian DiGrassi and his Durango car originally started 17th on the grid, but after two cars in front of him had to start from the pit-lane, Lucas was 15th even before the race started. He made a fantastic start and quickly ended up in 10th position. When Frenchman Alexandre Premat retired, Lucas joined a group of three cars, including fellow RDD driver Lopez. A bold attack from Carroll on Valles ended with the two cars crashing in a spectacular way. All three cars in front of Lucas retired and the Brazilian driver landed in 7th position. Unfortunately, a miscalculation of fuel had Lucas retire in the last lap.

Things didn't go smoothly for Argentine Lopez either. Starting 4th on the grid, Jose got passed by five cars even before the first corner. After that, from lap 3 to lap 14, he had to fight in style against a much faster Hamilton who then overtook two more cars. Jose then raced behind Valles and Carroll. When the latter cars crashed in front of him, Jose's car also got damaged. He retired on lap 23.

The next round of the GP2 series will take place in two weeks in Imola.

Jose Maria Lopez (Super Nova): "I've had the strangest start as I was on full throttle when the lights went out, but the car almost stopped. That's why I got passed by so many cars. After that, I spent the entire race trying to defend my position, especially against Hamilton. I don't know how I managed to block him for that long when you saw how easily he overtook the other cars. When the crash happened, I was right behind Valles and Carroll. When Adam's car flew up in the air, some parts and pieces of his car went under mine and it got irreparably damaged, it's a shame because I don't like racing like that. I'm going to spend some days with my team and together we're going to try and solve the problems we have on the car. Hopefully, we will be ready for Imola."

Lucas DiGrassi (Durango): "I overtook three cars in the first lap and then two more up to 10th position. I found myself behind Valles, Carroll and Jose. Fortunately, my car wasn't damaged in the big crash and I was then 7th. I had to retire in the final lap because I ran out of fuel. I'm really looking forward to racing in Imola and finally scoring some points."

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Series GP2
Drivers Alexandre Prémat , Jose Maria Lopez