DELIGHT WITH TWO TOP TENS David Price Racing (DPR) were back on track in Indonesia today, enjoying two top ten finishes in the fourth round of the GP2 Asia Series held at Sentul circuit this weekend. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim finished ninth...
DELIGHT WITH TWO TOP TENS
David Price Racing (DPR) were back on track in Indonesia today, enjoying two top ten finishes in the fourth round of the GP2 Asia Series held at Sentul circuit this weekend. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim finished ninth just ahead of team mate, Brazilian Diego Nunes, who crossed the line in tenth place.
Yesterday's feature race had a premature end for both drivers with Ebrahim retiring with a cooling problem and Nunes crashing heavily. The DPR crew worked late into the night and early morning to repair the Brazilian's car, but were back on the grid for today's sprint distance race.
Ebrahim lined up in 16th place with Nunes behind him in 17th position for the start. The monsoon weather of Indonesia had returned today and with the treacherous conditions the race started behind the safety car. Five drivers opted to start on slicks, a decision which would have played into their hands if the rain abated, but it continued to fall and these cars soon struggled with the conditions.
Both DPR drivers coped well in the difficult conditions, benefiting from others mistakes and tyre decisions, although with only 11 laps of green flag racing within the race distance and a slippery track, there was little opportunity to race hard and make up ground. Both drivers held position at the start, and then started to make progress forward, but Nunes was forced to take avoiding action from a spinning car of Puglisi, which ended up with the Brazilian skating across the gravel trap. He was able to continue but had dropped back to 19th. With safety car periods littering the race it was a challenge for the DPR drivers to develop a good rhythm, but they both kept their cool and out of trouble. With less than six minutes of the race remaining Ebrahim was lying 11th and Nunes in 14th place. A return to green flag racing for the dash to the flag quickly saw Nunes move up to 12th behind his team mate.
As the team mates had the chequered flag in their sight both drivers had improved, with Ebrahim in ninth, ahead of Nunes in tenth, and Nunes was pushing hard to overtake, but the two finished in this order. After crossing the finishing line Ebrahim's race took an unexpected turn, with a spinning car crashing into him and causing damage to the car.
David Price, Team Principal, DPR, summed up the short sprint race saying, "It was a race of attrition today and I'm pleased that we survived and both drivers finished. Two top tens is more than we expected today, but Armaan and Diego drove well. I was a bit worried when I saw them racing each other on the last lap, but thankfully they were sensible. The DPR boys have had a tough weekend. After working late to put Diego's car back together, watching the two drivers complete the race unscathed, they then have Armaan's car coming back with a corner missing!"
The DPR team returns to its UK base and turns its attentions to preparing the new GP2 cars which will race in the main series this summer. The first test for the car will take place in two weeks time. The GP2 Asia Series continues next month with the third event being held as support to the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix.