Valencia Street Circuit
KRAL AND PALMER STORM INTO THE TOP 10
Josef Kral and Jolyon Palmer recovered brilliantly from yesterday’s qualifying performance to put both Arden cars in the top 10 during today’s opening GP2 Series in Valencia. From 22nd and 17th on the grid, they stormed through the field to finish eighth and ninth respectively – a result that puts the Czech on pole position for tomorrow morning’s sprint.
The race began chaotically, with pole winner Charles Pic (Addax) breaking down on his way to the grid and the safety car being deployed within seconds of the start, following separate accidents at the first two corners. Palmer and Kral avoided the chaos and were up to 11th and 16th when the race resumed at the end of lap three. Kral was first to peel in for his mandatory tyre stop, on lap 10, and Palmer followed suit three laps later. Kral’s pace on a clear track was enough to put him just ahead of his team-mate, in 13th place, and from there both pulled off a string of passing moves at a track where such things are notoriously difficult. With two laps to go, Kral usurped Michael Herck (Coloni) to move into eighth and annex that crucial sprint race pole. Palmer swiftly dispensed with the Romanian, too, to score his best result of the campaign, just 2.5 seconds shy of his maiden championship point.
“The weekend started a bit disastrously, with very few practice laps and a disrupted qualifying session, so I'm delighted to have recovered so well. I made quite a bad start from the dirty side of the track and was pushed wide on the opening lap, which probably cost me a couple of places, but on the plus side I was able to avoid all the accidents. We made a very good pit stop and after that I looked after my tyres, which helped me make up places towards the end. It was a nice feeling to pass Michael Herck for eighth and get pole for the sprint race. I would like to thank the team because they did a very good job and I will do my best to pay them back by scoring as many points as possible tomorrow.”
"I enjoyed that. I made a great start to move up to 11th, but then really struggled with rear tyre degradation in the first part of the race. That cost me a few places after the tyre stops, but I was quick on my second set of tyres and managed to pull off a few moves to finish ninth. That gives me a good starting position tomorrow and I shall do my utmost to convert it into a points finish."
by: arden international