DPR TARGETS IMPROVED QUALIFYING AFTER TOUGH OPENING ROUND David Price Racing (DPR) today completed their first weekend of racing in the 2008 GP2 Series with today's Sprint race at the Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona. Giacomo Ricci was once again...
DPR TARGETS IMPROVED QUALIFYING AFTER TOUGH OPENING ROUND
David Price Racing (DPR) today completed their first weekend of racing in the 2008 GP2 Series with today's Sprint race at the Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona. Giacomo Ricci was once again in for DPR as replacement for the injured Michael Herck, and driving alongside him was team regular Brazilian driver Diego Nunes. Nunes endured another day of learning to bring his DPR car home in 16th place, while rookie driver Ricci had an early end to his race after spinning which forced him out of the race a few laps from the end.
The green flag fell for the Sprint race this morning with Nunes lining in 15th place and Ricci in 16th spot, however both drivers dropped back at the start. Nunes was caught out when the car of Alberto Valerio ahead of him stalled on the grid and while braking hard to avoid hitting him, the Brazilian driver also stalled. The marshals pushed the DPR car to the pitlane from where Nunes was restarted, but he was already a lap down when he joined the track. Ricci had a better start, but in his attempt to avoid a spinning Karun Chandhok, he was forced to run across the gravel, dropping him to the back of the field.
Both drivers put their heads down and pushed hard in the 26 lap sprint distance. Nunes was running on a strong pace, but being a lap down he struggled to make any inroads into the cars ahead. He preserved while others fell out of the race, to finish in 16th at the chequered flag.
Ricci was turning consistent laps and continuing with his steep learning curve in GP2, but with only six laps left to run, Ricci clipped the kerbing as he exited the final corner, sending the DPR car into a spin. Unable to keep the car running Ricci was left stranded in the middle of the track, bringing out the safety car as the marshals gave him a push start. Ricci then pulled into the pits and ended his race
Commenting after this weekend's races, Team Principal David Price commented, "Overall it has been a tough race weekend for us, it's a weekend to leave behind but we can certainly take consolation from Nunes' pace and Ricci's ability to cope in difficult circumstances. Nunes was running well and his pace was similar to those running within the top ten, but starting so far down the grid really put him on the back foot. Ricci has also done a solid job; he was really thrown in at the deep end with no previous experience of GP2 because this is a tough series. The results on paper today don't really reflect our capabilities, so now we look ahead to Turkey, and target improved qualifying and from that, better finish positions."
The next race of the GP2 series is in just under a fortnight's time in Istanbul, Turkey on the 10th and 11th of May.