Istanbul: David Price Racing race one, two report

LITTLE TURKISH DELIGHT FOR DPR Fastest lap by Olivier Pla on the last lap of today's second Turkish GP2 race was an uplifting way for DPR to end what had been a frustrating weekend. Having not even completed one lap in practice due to an ...

LITTLE TURKISH DELIGHT FOR DPR

Fastest lap by Olivier Pla on the last lap of today's second Turkish GP2 race was an uplifting way for DPR to end what had been a frustrating weekend. Having not even completed one lap in practice due to an electrical wiring problem, the Frenchman effectively had to learn the track during qualifying and therefore started yesterday's 'grand' race from the last row of the grid. He drove superbly, however, cutting through the field to as high as 8th and, potentially, his third pole position (with the reversed grid).

A last lap lunge by Yoshimoto saw this opportunity taken away from him and he finished race one in 9th position. Giorgio Mondini, in only his second GP2 race, was slowly coming to grips with the 600 bhp- engined car, grooved tyres and the new track. He qualified in 19th place but was delighted to finish his first race for some time, albeit in 13th position. Rain greeted the GP2 runners just before the start of Sunday's 'sprint' race and threw everyone's expectations into the unknown.

There were multiple spins and off-track excursions throughout the field for the first half of the race, before the track dried, and Olivier Pla was an unfortunate victim of one of these when nudged off by Pantano. He continued during the race but his suspension and steering were damaged enough to prevent him from making the same sort of run through to contention as he did yesterday. Giorgio Mondini was also victim of a spin during the wettest conditions, but he was unable to keep the car going and was therefore out of the race.

David Price summed up the feeling of the team, "It's been nothing but frustrating, all weekend. We should have been on pole today and then anything could have happened. Still, the next two races are on circuits both drivers know well – particularly Giorgio at Monza. It can only get better!"

-dpr-

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Olivier Pla , Giorgio Mondini , David Price