My Qi-Meritus.Mahara's Alvaro Parente comes in 11th in race 1 at Sepang but brake problems ruin Bonanomi's race Race One: Alvaro Parente - 11th Marco Bonanomi - retirement lap 15 Sepang, Malaysia - Saturday, April 04, 2009 Italian Marco ...
My Qi-Meritus.Mahara's Alvaro Parente comes in 11th in race 1 at Sepang but brake problems ruin Bonanomi's race
Alvaro Parente - 11th
Marco Bonanomi - retirement lap 15
Sepang, Malaysia - Saturday, April 04, 2009 Italian Marco Bonanomi and Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente started the 34-lap race in Sepang from 10th and 22nd respectively in front of 7,000 cheering supporters - guests of the team's sponsor QuestNet.
Parente was unable to exploit the fact that pole-man Jerome d'Ambrosio retired before the start, as he suffered a clutch problem and stalled the engine, dropping unexpectedly from 10th to 20th. Bonanomi had a rather good start from the back and started strong run.
The first pit stop occurred on lap six (Sakon Yamamoto and Giedo van der Garde - GFH Team iSport and, on following lap (Kamui Kobayachi - Dams) followed. The two battling My Qi-Meritus.Mahara drivers moved to 11th and 12th after one third of the race. Bonanomi climbed up to second as others pitted but was forced to retire before his own stop after suffering brake failure on the 15th lap.
Alvaro Parente: "The start almost cost me the race as I stalled on the grid and cars went by. I completed my pit stop on lap 11, but it went very slowly because the mechanics had to fix the radio which was loose in the car after the start.
In the second part I was lapping in 1.49.468 and was running 14th. It was a busy race with constant traffic that made it difficult to pass Michael Herck (DPR) and later Sakon Yamamoto. But I worked hard, lost probably two kilos because of the heat, and am happy to have finished 11th"
Marco Bonanomi: "It was a tough race. We were climbing quickly back in the classification. The 15 laps I completed were good fun, and I hope we put up a good show for QuestNet's guests. I hope I did not disappoint them, but it's a pity that I had to retire because of the brake problem. I will push again tomorrow for a good finish in race two."
Peter Thompson, team founder: "There wasn't much we could do for Marco with his brake problems. It's a pity because we very much feel that this race did not attain its goals. The drivers have a good potential. I hope that race two will bring us points."