STEADY AND QUIET DAY FOR DPR The second race of the weekend in Hungary for GP2 team David Price Racing (DPR), although quieter, lacked the results that drivers Diego Nunes and Michael Herck had hoped for. Nunes, starting 12th, finished 16th,...
STEADY AND QUIET DAY FOR DPR
The second race of the weekend in Hungary for GP2 team David Price Racing (DPR), although quieter, lacked the results that drivers Diego Nunes and Michael Herck had hoped for. Nunes, starting 12th, finished 16th, while Herck, in his fourth race weekend of GP2, completed the race distance in 17th place.
The cars lined up on the grid for the start of the 28 lap race and as the lights went out they pulled away, with Nunes off his marks well, but in the first two corners he lost ground in the scrabble for places, dropping him back to 16th. Herck was away from his starting spot of 19th, but engulfed by more experienced drivers in the first corner, he dropped to 24th place.
The Hungaroring, bathed in bright sunshine with extremely hot conditions today, is renowned for offering limited overtaking opportunities and today's race reflected this. Aside from the typical GP2 first lap jostling, the Formula One supporting event, the race quickly settled down. The two young DPR drivers coped well with the physical demands of the conditions and the twisty, bumpy, dusty circuit, as the laps counted down. At half distance Nunes was lying in 15th place with Herck in 18th position.
The second half of the race produced little more action, and both DPR cars lapped on a good pace, but unable to make inroads into the field. After 28 laps of the Budapest circuit Nunes crossed the line to take 16th place, with Herck just behind in 17th position.
David Price, Team Principal, summed up the day saying, "Both cars reached the chequered flag, but they weren't as high up the order as we expected. It was the start which shaped our race, particularly for Diego. Once he'd slipped back it was always going to be difficult for him to make up ground at this track. Michael put another race distance under his belt, and that's valuable mileage. We'll just put this weekend behind us and focus on the new challenge of Valencia."
The GP2 Series has a three week break until the next round of competition, with the next event taking place in Valencia, Spain. A new event for the Series, the venue is a street circuit around the city, and is sure to produce plenty of action.