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Valencia SC: Racing Engineering qualifying report

Top 7 for Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers! GP2 returned to action today at the Valencia Street Circuit, where Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, showed once again a great qualifying pace, finishing the...

Top 7 for Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers!

GP2 returned to action today at the Valencia Street Circuit, where Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, showed once again a great qualifying pace, finishing the session in third and seventh place.

After the three weeks break, the Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team arrived in Valencia with its mind set on scoring the best possible results at its second 'home' race of the season and to continue improving its overall pace. Both Lucas and Dani, came to grips with the Valencia Street Circuit during the morning free practice session. Finishing in 5th and 14th place respectively and eager to show more of their potential during the afternoon qualifying session.

When the fight for pole position started, Lucas, who won the sprint race in Valencia last year, did not disappoint and placed himself in third. He did not waste any time to prove his determination to score another victory this weekend and soon was setting the fastest time. However, his efforts were cut short when Petrov and Hülkenberg improved their times and pushed him back to third. In the meantime, his teammate Dani Clos was in 13th position.

Both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers entered the pits to pick up their second set of tyres halfway through the session. But with 12 minutes to go, an accident brought the session to a halt, so Lucas and Dani were forced to stay in the pits longer than planned. When the green lights went on again, Lucas was 4th and Dani in 16th position. Lucas pushed and improved his lap time, ensuring third place on the grid of Saturday's feature race. Dani, on the other hand, pushed the pedal to the metal during his last flying laps. He improved his best lap several times, to finish the session in a very well deserved seventh position.

Starting Saturday's race 3rd and 7th on the grid, allows both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers to aim for the best positions. Lucas' declared objective is to win, while Dani is eager to put his talent at display and score his first points of the season in his home country.

Lucas Di Grassi: Everything went fine today, although we had some small traffic issues during the session. The car showed a good behavior and was perfect. It was difficult to get on pole today, but I think second would have been possible. Nevertheless, I am quite happy to be in the top 3 and we will work even harder for tomorrow's race.

Dani Clos: This has been a good qualifying result. It's good to be at the top, especially as this track is new for me. The base for this result was made in free practice, when we already worked a lot on the rhythm and the braking points; I think we have a really good car. During qualifying we struggled a bit with the first set of tyres, but when we mounted the second set, I was able to get the best out of them. I am optimistic for tomorrow's race and really hope to score points after having been so close so many times.

Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón, Team President: Fantastic job! Both drivers are in the top 10. I am especially happy with Dani, who was magnificent getting 7th. I am looking forward to tomorrow's race and hope for good results. Well done to the entire team. Like usual, their work was spotless.

-credit: fbre

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Series GP2
Drivers Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering