Asia: Abu Dhabi: Addax Team race one report

DISCREET PERFORMANCES FROM BARWA ADDAX TEAM DRIVERS MAX CHILTON FINISHES 16TH AND LUIZ RAZIA FORCED TO ABANDON IN YAS MARINA, ABU DHABI. In the first race of the new Asia GP2 Series 2009 -- 10, which was held today at the Yas Marina ...

DISCREET PERFORMANCES FROM BARWA ADDAX TEAM DRIVERS

MAX CHILTON FINISHES 16TH AND LUIZ RAZIA FORCED TO ABANDON IN YAS MARINA, ABU DHABI.

In the first race of the new Asia GP2 Series 2009 -- 10, which was held today at the Yas Marina circuit of Abu Dhabi the drivers of the Barwa Addax Team had disappointing results, with rookie Max Chilton finishing in a lowly 16th position while Luiz Razia was forced to retire, in a race where the Safety Car was called upon twice . Furthermore many drivers were penalized throughout the course of the race.

Max Chilton who started way back on the grid in 21st place, was penalized right at the start, for moving the car ever so slightly while moving the clutch, just when the race was about to start. It was a shame because he hadn't gained any advantage whatsoever and from 13th he was forced to go to the back of the field. Later in the race when he had fought back to 16th position he was given another penalty for speeding in the pit lane and once more he had to make another fight back. Nevertheless, Max showed a great sense of determination and confirmed his progress in adverse conditions, setting a more than acceptable race rhythm. Hopefully in tomorrow's second race he will have the opportunity to show that he is up to the challenge at this level.

Luiz Razia showed that he could be up there with the best but unfortunately luck wasn't on his side. He started 19th from the grid and was able to work his way through the field, even managing to get in among the points positions. However, when he was challenging Vietoris for the seventh spot, Luiz had a collision with the driver in front of him, destroying his front spoiler, causing damage to the aerodynamics and leaving debris all over the track. The first Safety Car came out on track while the track was being cleared and Razia went into the pits to change the front nose but unfortunately the damage had been more extensive that at first thought and he was forced to retire from the race. He was unlucky after having made such a great fightback and was in a points scoring position, which would have meant a very good position from the start for tomorrow's second race. We only hope that he can show us more of this fighting spirit and like today work his way through the field, but this time without any incidents. The Brazilian has a lot to offer between now and the end of this Asian campaign.

Tomorrow the second race takes place at the new Yas Marina circuit, Abu Dhabi. The start will be at 13.30 hrs local time

-credit: addax

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Luiz Razia , Max Chilton