Imola: Racing Engineering race one report

Racing Engineering scores for Spain! Racing Engineering had a good start in the newly created GP2 Series. The opening race of the championship held this afternoon in Imola saw Racing Engineering's Neel Jani in 6th p o s i t i o n . The young...

Racing Engineering scores for Spain!

Racing Engineering had a good start in the newly created GP2 Series. The opening race of the championship held this afternoon in Imola saw Racing Engineering's Neel Jani in 6th p o s i t i o n . The young Swiss therefore helped Racing Engineering to score the first points for Spain in the GP2 Series.

Both of Racing Engineering's drivers started the race from modest positions due to technical problems occurring on their cars during the Friday sessions. Neel Jani started from 12th and Borja Garcia from 19th position. Both, Neel and Borja, opted for very early pit stops at the beginning of the race and half way through the distance of 180km came into the pits for their second obligatory pit stop. This strategy allowed both Racing Engineering drivers to continuously improve their positions as the race went on. Neel finished the race in an excellent 6th position. While both drivers m e n t i o n e d serious problems with their brakes, Neel was nevertheless able to finish the race. His teammate Borja Garcia on the other hand was not as lucky and spun off the track with just a few laps to go due to his brakes' poor performance.

Neel Jani after scoring his first points in the championship stated, "I think for today it was the maximum we were able to make. It's not bad to get from 12th position up to 6th, which allows me to start tomorrow's race from third position. I suffered with brake problems since for me is quite bad as I am a driver who very much balances and stabilizes his car using the brakes. However, the two early pit stops proved to be the right strategy. After that I simply tried to drive constant lap times and with some 6 laps to go there was no possibility for me to improve my position anymore so I didn't take any risk".

Borja Garcia after a disappointing race said, "Right after the start the performance of my brakes became really bad and I had to pump the brake pedal before entering every corner. The race itself was fine and I was right behind Neel, who in the end finished in 6th position. But as the race went on, my problems with the brakes became more and more apparent and with 6 laps to go I pushed the brake pedal completely to the floor but there was no reaction from the car. I spun off the track and couldn't continue the race. It'sth a real pity as this means I have to start tomorrow's race from 19 position. I would like to underline that this is not the team's fault, but due to the car. My mechanics are doing a great job and work many hours, but it's upsetting if I finish a session after three corners or my brakes don't work anymore".

- www.racing-engineering.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Neel Jani , Borja Garcia
Teams Racing Engineering