Asia: Bahrain: Ho-Pin Tung weekend summary

HO-PIN TUNG IMPRESSES WITH SMART OVERTAKING GP2-racing driver Ho-Pin Tung ended his weekend in Bahrain with a marvelous race in which he showed again the art of overtaking. He started from 20th position on the grid and saw the checkered flag as...

HO-PIN TUNG IMPRESSES WITH SMART OVERTAKING

GP2-racing driver Ho-Pin Tung ended his weekend in Bahrain with a marvelous race in which he showed again the art of overtaking. He started from 20th position on the grid and saw the checkered flag as seventh in Sunday's race. He narrowly missed the opportunity for scoring points for the second time in the short GP2-Asia championship by finishing 7th. In the very first lap the young Chinese made good progress, there was a hard fight in the busy first corner, where several cars hit, he lost a few places but at the end of lap 1 he had made it till the upper half of the field. Also in this weekend's first race, on Saturday, Ho-Pin Tung showed his racing skills. Like Sunday's race he started Saturday's race from an unpromising 20th position while collisions at the first corner got Ho-Pin airborne for a few seconds. Having landed he drove a strong race until he had to give up in 9th position with a broken gearbox.

'I am reasonably happy, looking back at the weekend in Bahrain,' says Ho-Pin Tung. 'Qualification was disappointing because of all kinds of small problems. Also I could not use the optimum of my tyres. In Race 1 my start was really good, almost immediately I got from 20th to 10th position. I was launched by a wheel of one the other cars in the heavy traffic at turn one and I made a short air trip. On the ground again it seemed that there was no harm done to my Trident car and I pushed very hard. I fought many challenging fights. Unfortunately I had to leave the race in 9th position with a broken gearbox. That was a shame.'

The second race, on Sunday, Ho-Pin Tung started again from 20th position on the grid. This time he took the inside line at the first corner, although many more drivers had the same idea. It became a mass in which the Chinese hero lost a few places after a brilliant start. 'But at the end of lap 1 the result was that I had made good progress. The pace was good, as were my lap times, although we had problems with the second sector. I had the feeling that I could have gone even quicker. I am happy, especially Saturday's race was good. In motor racing it always can be better, so I am looking forward to Dubai, next week.'

-credit: hopintung.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Ho-Pin Tung
Teams Trident