TOP TEN FOR DPR IN DUBAI David Price Racing (DPR) with drivers Andy Soucek and Armaan Ebrahim completed the second race in the inaugural season of the GP2 Asia Series at the Dubai Autodrome Circuit today with a 7th place finish from Soucek and...
TOP TEN FOR DPR IN DUBAI
David Price Racing (DPR) with drivers Andy Soucek and Armaan Ebrahim completed the second race in the inaugural season of the GP2 Asia Series at the Dubai Autodrome Circuit today with a 7th place finish from Soucek and an early retirement for Ebrahim. The 28 lap Sprint Race was run under sunny conditions as DPR aimed to repeat the podium success of the previous day.
A strong run of form for DPR during race one saw Soucek finishing third and rookie driver Ebrahim completing his first full GP2 race. The reverse grid system for the race placed Soucek 6th on the grid for race two and Ebrahim 22nd.
As the lights went out on the standing start for the afternoon's Sprint Race the field got away well. During the first half of the lap there were cars battling for positions up and down the grid, Soucek lost out slightly on the dirty line of the track and was pushed down to 7th, whilst Ebrahim had made the most of his start and was running 18th by the end of the first lap.
Soucek was running well keeping up with the pace of the front running cars, as the Safety Car was deployed for the marshals to remove a stricken Arden car and whilst the cars were touring behind it, Luca Fillipe, in the Durango car pulled off the track with an apparent gearbox failure, promoting Soucek up to 6th. At the restart Soucek had a good run on Valerio and made a good clean manoeuvre down the inside to take 5th place.
After being released from behind Valerio, Soucek then began to put the hammer down, setting the fastest lap of the race as he chased down Chandok in 4th place. With 10 laps still to run Soucek was battling hard and managed to briefly take 4th position, before running wide in the in the final corner and spinning, fortunately he kept the engine running and rejoined the track in 7th, and although he was closing on sixth place, was unable to improve, to cross the line in 7th at the chequered flag.
Meanwhile in only his second ever GP2 Race, Ebrahim had a challenging race. In a chaotic start the young Indian driver was punted from behind damaging his exhaust. Although he continued on, Ebrahim was suffering from a reduction in power and was finally forced to pull into the pits with only 10 laps still to run when his exhaust finally broke completely, ending his race prematurely.
David Price, team principal for the DPR team, said "Overall it's been a good start to this new Series for us. Andy's been on the pace right from the start and proved that he can mix it with the other top guys. Leaving with a podium finish is a positive start for us. Armaan has learned a tremendous amount in Dubai through testing and racing. Today he was improving his lap times, despite suffering with exhaust problems, so we'll be looking for him to continue this momentum when we arrive in Indonesia."
DPR leave the first round of the GP2 Asia Series, with Soucek lying 5th in the Drivers Championship .The teams now have a two week break before heading off to Sentul Circuit in Indonesia on the 15/16 February for the second round of the new GP2 Asia Series.