DPR MOVES ON TO MALAYSIA David Price Racing (DPR) heads to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this weekend for the third round of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim and Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes will once again line up for the team,...
DPR MOVES ON TO MALAYSIA
David Price Racing (DPR) heads to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this weekend for the third round of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series. Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim and Brazilian driver, Diego Nunes will once again line up for the team, as the Asian series makes its debut in front of the F1 paddock at the popular Sepang Circuit.
A positive result last time out in Indonesia, saw both drivers finish in the top ten during Sundays Sprint Race with Ebrahim in ninth, ahead of Nunes in tenth. Newcomer to the DPR squad Diego Nunes impressed the team on his debut, after fighting hard and overtaking more experienced drivers on his way to a points paying finish in only his second outing in a GP2 car. Diego commented, "I was pleased with my first outing in the GP2 car, I really enjoyed working with the DPR crew and I think we can definitely get stronger. I've no experience of the Sepang Circuit, but I'll do the track walk on Thursday with our engineer and hopefully we can work on a good set up ahead of qualifying, to get us higher up in the pack for race day."
The state of the art Sepang circuit, completed in 1998 is 5.54 km long and one of the most technical circuits the GP2 Asia series will visit. Indian driver Ebrahim already has some experience of the Sepang Circuit, after his time in the Asian Formula BMW series in 2005; however he is not expecting this weekend to be easy, "The Sepang Circuit is an amazing track, but with the demanding nature of the circuit and the heat, it will be a tough race for us at DPR. I've really been enjoying the GP2 Asia Series, and this weekend will be the first big weekend for us, as we are supporting the F1 Grand Prix, which will make it a fantastic occasion for us and for the crowd" commented Ebrahim.
Sepang is a very distinctive circuit and the facilities set it apart as one of the most attractive motor racing settings. It's a futuristic blend of stainless steel and glass-fronted buildings and an impressive double-sided main grandstand capable of seating 50,000 spectators. The track was specifically designed to encouraging overtaking being wide and having four slow corners following long straights. The main circuit, normally raced in a clockwise direction, is 5.54 kilometres long, and is noted for its sweeping corners and wide straights. The layout is quite unusual, with a very long back straight separated from the pit straight by just one very tight hairpin.
Team Principal David Price commented ahead of the weekend, "We had a good race last time in Indonesia, both Armaan and Diego drove well and kept out of trouble. The Malaysian round will be another tough test for them though, as the heat in the feature race will really be demanding on their fitness levels. We hope that in Sepang we can try and get a little further up the grid in qualifying which will give us a stronger start for the races. Then from there we will be aiming for more points, to really keep up the momentum."
The third round of the inaugural GP2 Asia Series kicks off on 21st March for free practice and qualifying. The feature race takes place on Saturday 22nd March and the sprint distance event on Sunday 23rd March.