Asia: Dubai II: DPR preview

DPR AIMING TO FINISH ON A HIGH IN DUBAI David Price Racing (DPR) heads to the Dubai Autodrome this weekend for the final round of the inaugural 2008 GP2 Asia Series. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim and Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes will make their...

DPR AIMING TO FINISH ON A HIGH IN DUBAI

David Price Racing (DPR) heads to the Dubai Autodrome this weekend for the final round of the inaugural 2008 GP2 Asia Series. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim and Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes will make their final outing for DPR in the Asia series, as the team hopes to finish the season with another points finish.

The previous round at the Bahrain Circuit last weekend held mixed fortunes for the team, as during the Feature race Diego Nunes scored two championship points, whilst Armaan Ebrahim put in a strong performance to finish in 13th place after starting 25th. However the weekend finished on a disappointing note, with Nunes retiring from the Sprint race after an opening lap clash with Karun Chandhok, in which he was not only taken out of the race, but given a ten place grid penalty for Dubai. Ebrahim stalled on the grid requiring a push to the pits, ending in a disappointing 16th place finish.

The Dubai Autodrome is a 5.39 km circuit located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The track which opened in October 2004 is one of the most modern in the world; it is also one of the most challenging, as it has a combination of high-speed straights and technical corners. The circuit is the final venue of the five round 2008 GP2 Asia Series, in which Frenchman Romain Grosjean has already wrapped up the title.

Team Principal David Price commented ahead of the weekend, "I'm very frustrated as we head to Dubai. Diego's first corner incident with Karun Chandhok was at the most, just another racing incident, but for the second time in a row Karun has taken out one of our cars, yet this time he is absolved of the blame and we're sent back 10 places on the grid this week. While I respect the decision of the stewards and took the decision not to appeal, I believe it was a harsh and undeserved penalty, particularly as it is the same driver being the cause of this on two consecutive occasions.

" Nunes performing so well last weekend, with a ninth in qualifying gave us more confidence for this weekend, but starting from the back half of the grid puts us on the back foot before the cars have even fired up. We will not let this dampen our spirits and will be aiming for a strong finish to our GP2 Asia campaign. Both Diego and Armaan have developed well in such a short period of time and they have put in some really strong performances, I just hope that they can have clean, fair racing to finish this season. The DPR crew has worked hard to stay motivated and focused in what has been a mixed inaugural season in the GP2 Asia Series."

The final round of the GP2 Asia Series kicks off on 11th April for free practice and qualifying. The feature and the Sprint events are on Saturday 12th April.

-credit: davidpriceracing.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , David Price , Armaan Ebrahim , Romain Grosjean , Diego Nunes