DPR Direxiv Paul Ricard test 2006-06-28

Positive GP2 test for DPR Direxiv The British-based DPR Direxiv team went to the GP2 Series' mid-season test at the HTTT Paul Ricard track with an extensive programme of settings and configurations to work through, and came away ...

Positive GP2 test for DPR Direxiv

The British-based DPR Direxiv team went to the GP2 Series' mid-season test at the HTTT Paul Ricard track with an extensive programme of settings and configurations to work through, and came away extremely satisfied with all that was achieved.

Opportunities for testing away from race meetings are extremely rare once the season is underway but, as Clivio Piccione's race engineer and DPR Direxiv Team Manager, Andy Miller, said at the end of the two day test, "We made significant progress and achieved everything we set out to evaluate. We came away with a greater knowledge of the GP2 car which we'll put to good use in the up and coming races, starting with Magny Cours."

Team Principal David Price reinforced this feeling. "Lap times at a test session are, to be honest, irrelevant as everyone is trying different things at different times. Yes, everyone can put a set of new tyres on at the end of the day, but the results of that shouldn't be seen as the only true indication of what has been learnt or achieved. Both our drivers came away highly satisfied, so all round it was a very good test."

Monegasque driver, Piccione, concentrated on a programme of set up changes, and declared that he'd "never felt as confident with the car".

Returning to the cockpit for the first time since breaking his wrist and hand in a Monaco qualifying accident, Frenchman Olivier Pla concentrated on endurance work to give him an opportunity to build up the strength in his arm. While he sometimes struggled to hang onto the car through the right-hand corners, he was working towards posting a realistic lap time on new tyres when a gearbox problem on Wednesday afternoon curtailed any further running.

Plans to run 17-year-old American Graham Rahal at the test were put on hold thanks to bad weather in the US. A cancelled flight meant that the amount of time available was too tight to allow the Champ Car Atlantic driver to make it to France for the test and return to Indianapolis in time to take part in the Indy Pro Series support race at the US Grand Prix. A test will take place at a later date.

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Graham Rahal , Clivio Piccione , Olivier Pla , David Price