FMSI's Valles third after strong showing in Sentul Fisichella Motor Sport International's Adrian Valles leaves Indonesia, after the third and fourth races of the GP2 Asia Series, third in the drivers' championship after two strong points...
FMSI's Valles third after strong showing in Sentul
Fisichella Motor Sport International's Adrian Valles leaves Indonesia, after the third and fourth races of the GP2 Asia Series, third in the drivers' championship after two strong points finishes at the Sentul circuit this weekend.
FMSI looked strong on Saturday as Valles immediately posted the fastest time in free practice, and things looked confident for qualifying. Valles went on to set the third fastest lap with a time of 1:22.658 in qualifying, setting himself up on the second row for the feature race grid. His team-mate Michael Herck set a time of 1:25.907 and began on the twelfth row.
On the opening lap of Saturday's race, Valles pushed Luca Filippi hard for second until the safety car was deployed on lap two. Both Valles and Herck came in for their compulsory pitstops, and Valles emerged from the pits ahead of Filippi, although the Italian later regained his position. Throughout another safety car period and until the end of the race, Valles held a strong third position, and was then promoted to second after the race when Filippi was disqualified for a tyre infringement. Herck put in an extremely strong drive, staying out of trouble in a race of high attrition, and was classified tenth after Filippi's exclusion.
Valles began Sunday's sprint race from seventh on the grid due to the reverse grid system, and Herck beginning in tenth. Conditions were changeable, with the race beginning in heavy rain under the safety car. There were two further safety car periods during the short race, and Valles made the most of his time racing, gaining two positions and crossing the finish line in fifth. Herck finished two places back on his starting spot in 12th place.
The fifth and sixth races of the GP2 Asia Series will take place on 22-23 March at the Sepang Circuit near Kuala Lumpur as the series supports the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix.
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "We have shown since the start of the series that we are quick and consistent, and Adrian's strong results have put him third in the championship, with a very good chance of improving that at the next races. Michael has also shown his talent this weekend, finishing both races when there were many accidents."