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Valencia SC: iSport qualifying report

Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - P16, 1m 46.633s Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - P4, 1m 45.898s A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE - VALSECCHI IN CONTENTION FOR VALENCIA VICTORY iSport drivers Davide Valsecchi and Oliver Turvey had mixed fortunes during...

Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - P16, 1m 46.633s
Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - P4, 1m 45.898s

A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE - VALSECCHI IN CONTENTION FOR VALENCIA VICTORY

iSport drivers Davide Valsecchi and Oliver Turvey had mixed fortunes during qualifying for tomorrow's 32- lap GP2 Series race at the Valencia street circuit, a cocktail of long straights and 25 corners that range from ultra-quick to tight and technical. After scoring his first podium finish of the campaign during the previous meeting at Istanbul Park, Italian Valsecchi underlined the increasing strength of his title challenge with a strong fourth place. Team-mate Turvey had a more problematic time on his first visit to the Spanish venue, however, and starts only 16th.

Davide Valsecchi
"That wasn't too bad. Qualifying was slightly compromised by traffic, but that's the same for every driver and even with a clear lap I'm not sure I'd have been quite fast enough to challenge for pole. It's hard to read the track conditions here, because the circuit characteristics change very dramatically as more rubber is laid down. You need to work the tyres quite aggressively at first, to generate some heat, but then as conditions change you have to take a slightly more cautious approach. It's just a question of adapting the set-up to complement the available grip. We made a few small changes during the session and I think those worked well. It is very difficult to overtake here, but I'm well placed to challenge for a podium tomorrow and victory certainly isn't out of the question."

Oliver Turvey
"If a car feels nice to drive, it probably isn't going to be terribly quick it's an old motor racing adage and that's what happened to me today. I felt comfortable enough on the track and didn't really have any problems, but I simply wasn't fast enough. Davide managed to find a set-up that suited the conditions, but I didn't quite get there and we need to pore over the data to understand why. It will be difficult to work my way into the top eight from here, but that won't stop me trying. It might well be a race of attrition, given the fierce heat and the circuit's unyielding nature, so I'll be looking to keep my nose clean and make progress as and when opportunities arise."

-source: trident racing

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Series GP2
Drivers Davide Valsecchi , Oliver Turvey