Romain Grosjean and DAMS storm home at Imola!
Pole position, victory, fastest lap and the championship lead! Romain Grosjean and DAMS took them all with a storming performance in the first of the two races in the final round of the Asian GP2 Series Championship on the Imola circuit.
The team carried on where it left off at Abu Dhabi with another successful performance on the famous and very demanding Imola circuit. This time there were no problems at the start for Roman who was on pole. He led into the first corner and quickly opened up a decisive gap over his rivals.
He controlled the race in masterly style lapping consistently and more quickly than his pursuers. He also took full advantage of the poor qualifying lap of his main rival for championship honours, Jules Bianchi, who finished third. This result has given the DAMS driver the overall lead in the Asian GP2 Championship before the final race tomorrow.
Grosjean hit the front on lap 1 and only relinquished first place briefly during his pit stop. The DAMS team's excellent pit work enabled him to increase his advantage over the second-placed driver, Van der Garde, to more than 10 seconds in the second part of the race. Romain was never troubled and dominated until the chequered flag.
His young team-mate, Pal Varhaug, also drove a great race confirming his progress and his successful adaptation to the demanding world of GP2. He started from nineteenth place and carved his way up to fourteenth setting quick, consistent times in the process.
Looc David: General Manager: "It's a fantastic win for the whole team, who've has done a great job. Congratulations to Romain who controlled the race from start to finish. The pit stop went off like a dream and my thanks to the whole team that put on such a stunning performance. Now all we have to do is to win the championship tomorrow. A big bravo to Pal for his excellent drive in which he was right on the pace. All he has to do is concentrate on his qualifying."
Romain Grosjean: winner
"What a great win! Qualifying and the race both went off like dream. I made a good start, lapped consistently and the guys carried out a perfect pit stop. Thanks to the whole team who did a fantastic job. Now we just have to win the championship tomorrow. We'll have to fight to score more points, and with the car we've got it shouldn't be too difficult."
Pal Varhaug: 14th
"I feel a lot better after this race. I moved up a couple of places at the start and then I kept up a strong pace. Passing is a bit complicated on this circuit. I really have to improve my qualifying and I know I can do it."
Last race in the Asian GP2 Series, tomorrow 20th March at 14h00.