Asia: Dubai II: DPR race one report

DPR PERSEVERES IN THE DESERT OF DUBAI 11 April 2008.../ David Price Racing (DPR) completed the final GP2 Asia Feature race of the season today at the state of the art Dubai Autodrome. Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes, and Indian driver Armaan ...

DPR PERSEVERES IN THE DESERT OF DUBAI

11 April 2008.../ David Price Racing (DPR) completed the final GP2 Asia Feature race of the season today at the state of the art Dubai Autodrome. Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes, and Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim, both completed the full race distance and finished 18th and 20th respectively.

The qualifying for the Feature race took place earlier in the day and was set in sunny conditions as both drivers took to the 5.39km circuit for the final session of the GP2 Asia Series. With the DPR car of Nunes needing an engine change before the race.and only a few hours between qualifying and the Feature race, Nunes only completed four laps during the session. He ended with a back of the field slot due to the 10 place grid penalty given after the last weekend's race in Bahrain. Ebrahim had a solid qualifying and ended 24th on the grid after completing 14 laps during the session.

As the afternoon's race got underway, Nunes made the most of the standing start to make up several places on the opening lap. Unfortunately Ebrahim stalled on the grid, so had to start from the pitlane and lost a lap to the rest of the field.

As the obligatory pitstop window opened,way, both drivers pitted early as the DPR crew successfully got both cars back out on track with two trouble free tyre changes within quick times. Nunes came out in 20th position and joined a tail of cars running from 14th as the pack had bunched up to within a few of seconds of each other after the stops. Ebrahim rejoined at the back of the pack in 26th place as he continued his learning curve of the technical Dubai Circuit.

After a series of retirements, both drivers made up positions, crossing the line with Nunes in 18th position and Ebrahim in 20th. After the ninth race of the five round season, Nunes and Ebrahim are lying 20th and 25th in the driver's championship.

Team Principal David Price commented on the first race of the weekend, "This race was always going to be tough for us to score any points after the 10 place grid penalty; however we have to take the positives and look ahead to tomorrow. Both Diego and Armaan drove the full race distance and the DPR crew gave both of them good pitstops, but there just wasn't the opportunity for either driver to make any further progress."

The team now prepares for tomorrow's Sprint race, which kicks off at 11am (GMT). This will be the final race of the five round 2008 GP2 Asia Series.

-credit: dpr

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Series FIA F2
Drivers David Price , Armaan Ebrahim , Diego Nunes