Trident Racing ended up the 5th race of the 2009 GP2 Asia Series at Sepang with encouraging results. After a great qualifying performance, that propelled him to row 6, Davide Rigon experienced a terrible break as he failed to line-up for Race 1...
Trident Racing ended up the 5th race of the 2009 GP2 Asia Series at Sepang with encouraging results. After a great qualifying performance, that propelled him to row 6, Davide Rigon experienced a terrible break as he failed to line-up for Race 1 due to a faulty gearbox sensor. After such a strong qualifying pace, he could have definitely showed a great potential. Davide bounced back on Race 2 though, climbing up the orderd with several great moves and taking advantage from the rain that fell in the morning to end up in 13th. On the team's second car, Ricardo Teixeria enjoyed a good debut, as he matched his goal of avoiding mistakes and log clean laps to increase his experience level despite the tough environmental conditions.
Davide Rigon: "After a good qualifying performance I was unfortunately forced to see Race 1 from TV. It's a shame because we were just 5 tenths off the pole, and I'm sure we could have scored some points. The second race was an extremely difficult one due to the bad starting spot, but it has been quite satisfying. The team made a great job in preparing the car for a wet racetrack, but an engine issue prevented me from using all the available revs. Luckily enough, that lasted for just the first half of the race, and when everything started to work properly, I managed to start climbing up, passing many cars and ending up in 13th. We definitely made a further step with the team at Sepang. We get to know each other better, and I also improved my feeling with the car. I think we have to work hard, and continue on the same path to climb up further more. I think we can definitely make it to the top at Al Sakhir..."
Ricardo Teixeira: "It hasn't been a really relaxing weekend for me. I tried the track for the first time on the Asia Series car, which I hadn't tested before, and I even had a taste of rain! The balance is really positive toough. It wasn't easy: these cars are much more powerful than what I drove before, especially on wet, where you have to be gentle on power. The next weekend will also be a bit of a test for me, with the goal of being prepared for the 2009 Main Series."
Riccardo Corbari, Managing Director: "We came here at Sepang with two rookie drivers and with some tough weather. Ricardo surpassed expectations: he proved to have great physical strength, which it was one of our biggest concerns. On the other hand, the biggest problem was the technical issue that stopped Davide before the start of Race 1, involving a gearbox sensor that was replaced recently. I'm sure that he coul have run great without that problem. Rigon shown great pace on Race 2, as well as his talent on wet track. He ended up in 13th. We're now focusing on the final race of the GP2 Asia Series in Bahrain."