Asia: Shanghai: MY Qi-Meritus.Mahara race two report

Race 1 Alex Yoong (no. 18) - 14th Earl Bamber (no. 19) - 6th (3 points) Race 2 Alex Yoong (no. 18) - 9th Earl Bamber (no. 19) - 2nd Malaysian Alex Yoong and New Zealand rookie Earl Bamber started respectively from 13th and third to finish the...

Race 1
Alex Yoong (no. 18) - 14th
Earl Bamber (no. 19) - 6th (3 points)

Race 2
Alex Yoong (no. 18) - 9th
Earl Bamber (no. 19) - 2nd

Malaysian Alex Yoong and New Zealand rookie Earl Bamber started respectively from 13th and third to finish the 24-lap second race of their GP2 Asia series career in ninth place and second places respectively.

Bamber's startling runner up position brings five more points to the team for its first weekend of racing in the second season, bringing the total to eight. Having scored points in both race, Bamber now ranks fourth in the GP2 Asia driver's championship. It was an exciting start for the young New Zealander in the second race as he jumped up one position at the start and ended the first lap only 0.8s behind eventual winner David Valsecchi. Yoong had a great start as well and from 14th position climbed to eighth behind Jerome d'Ambrosio and ahead of Hiroki Yoshimoto.

Bamber: "I had a strong start and went to the outside in the first corner. It worked again like it did yesterday and I managed to position just behind Valesechhi so that I gained one position. After that we lapped 0.9s behind him and towards the ninth lap I was really pushing him and did a couple of really good laps, in 1.48.851 and then 1.48.500. By mid race, I was fighting hard but being careful to maintain control. Towards the end I was a bit tired, but it is a great start for the Championship. The competition in GP2 Asia is harder than what I have experienced until now, but I'm pleased with the way I handled the pressure. The car is fantastic, but I am still on a learning curve. If the team gets to work a bit more on the car, we will have other good races. I had never dreamt of such an incredible result having ranked 23rd in our first practice session. This was a great result, and on my father's birthday too!"

Alex Yoong: "I am very pleased with my race. I started 14th and then was eighth until Yoshimoto pushed to pass me. I finish ninth. Not a bad result considering that we had the same speed problem on the straight as yesterday and I was 8 km/h slower than Earl with the same car. We will progress more for next race."

Peter Thompson, Team Founder: "I am very happy to have the two cars at the finish and Earl Bamber on the podium in only his second race. The team worked very hard and I would like to congratulate the mechanics, the engineers and our Team Principal Gianfranco Bielli for this incredible result. Now I can only think about the sponsors. It is a fantastic achievement."

Firhat Yuri Bin dato Mokhzani, Team Director: "It was a perfect day for the team today. Let's prepare for next event in December in Dubai."

Raad S. Abduljawad, Team Chairman: " A great result today for My Qi-Meritus.Mahara, the first Arab-Asian team to compete at this high level. I would have very much liked to be present at the race myself and share this good performance with everyone. I can only congratulate them for this excellent result. I have always been confident that we can be more competitive this year and hope that we will score more podiums at the next event in Dubai on our home ground."

-credit: meritusracing.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Alex Yoong , Hiroki Yoshimoto , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , Earl Bamber