Asia: Shanghai: My Qi-Meritus.Mahara preview

My Qi-Meritus.Mahara has been in Shanghai since the October 9-10 tests as their drivers are to race in the GP2 Asia series race which supports the Chinese Grand Prix. This series is a sister to the main GP2 Championship which has become the...

My Qi-Meritus.Mahara has been in Shanghai since the October 9-10 tests as their drivers are to race in the GP2 Asia series race which supports the Chinese Grand Prix. This series is a sister to the main GP2 Championship which has become the source of quality racing action as a curtain raiser for F1 in Europe and benefits from global television coverage as it acts as a natural feeder to the grand prix teams.

The first round of the season takes  place at Shanghai on October
18-19, at  the penultimate  2008 F1 Grand Prix weekend.
The GP2 Asia paddock saw some early  action yesterday as Earl Bamber
and Alex  Yoong were interviewed by a large  number of Chinese media
about their  upcoming weekend.

"The season will be short, with six, two-race rounds ending in Bahrain on April 19 2009," said Yoong, the Malaysian ex-F1 driver. "To be here in China is a bit like attending my home Grand Prix. I have many friends here. I explained yesterday the similarities between an F1 car and the GP2 Asia series cars: F1 has more power and more downforce. But the GP2 Asia cars behave like F1

cars. The tests one week ago gave me the right feeling to race. But it was really a working session allowing the mechanics to progress on set-ups. The laps we did were interrupted often by red flags caused by competitors going off the track, so we never explored the full potential of the tyres. These sessions were more of a shakedown to ensure that our Malaysian team is well-prepared for qualifying and two first races of the season. I can't wait to race, and am eager to drive tomorrow."

18 year-old New Zealander Bamber  said: "I am enjoying every moment of
this  preparation. This is all new to me and  a real step up from
racing back home  with V6-engined cars or even from the A1  cars I
have been driving recently. I  hope I can do a good job like I did
with  two podiums in Zandvoort for my first  A1GP race.
"The test session in Shanghai with my new MY  Qi-Meritus.Mahara team
did not  show our full potential, but it was more  important to learn
the track and the  car than to work on speed records. Now my
knowledge of the car is much  better and this is what counts ahead of
the  weekend."

Peter Thompson, team founder said:  "My Qi-Meritus.Mahara is the only
truly Asian team in  the all-new GP2 Asia series. The  Bahrain GP, the
Dubai Autodrome, and now the new Abu Dhabi GP have created a  greater
awareness of motorsport in the  Middle  East. Our My Qi-Meritus.Mahara
team have plenty of experience to  draw on  in this region having won
25 Asian motorsport titles since 1995.  We are happy  to start the
Championship  in Shanghai, one of the tracks where we come most   to
drive in all the Asia  championships.
"'Winning is Business' comes from  the Chinese translation of our
word-brand  Meritus, 'Wan Li Da'. It means  'Winning comes First' -
even if the effort takes 100,000  miles."

-credit: merituracing.com

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