NO CHANGE OF FORTUNES FOR DPR IN TURKEY SPRINT RACE The Sprint race concluded this weekend's GP2 Series racing in Istanbul, Turkey and DPR were back out on track, eager to reverse their fortunes of the Feature race. Driver Andy Soucek was...
NO CHANGE OF FORTUNES FOR DPR IN TURKEY SPRINT RACE
The Sprint race concluded this weekend's GP2 Series racing in Istanbul, Turkey and DPR were back out on track, eager to reverse their fortunes of the Feature race. Driver Andy Soucek was forced to retire on the opening lap after being caught up in a first turn tangle but today, although he ran better, a late race spin ended his day. The team has fielded only one car in Istanbul following a recurrence of a back problem for driver Christian Bakkerud.
Yesterday's retirement in the Feature race resulted in a 23rd place start for Soucek, and a mountain to climb to reach a points paying finish. Undeterred, the DPR driver was keen to put in a race distance and show his performance capabilities at this demanding circuit.
At the start he was able to make up a few positions, with others around falling victim to the opening lap melee, and Soucek using the opportunity to pass rivals. As the race unfolded Soucek settled into a steady rhythm and was lapping at a good pace in 16th place. He improved to 15th in the closing stages of the race but a spin with six laps to go, when the rear of the car stepped out on him, put paid to any chance of reaching the chequered flag.
Soucek said of his weekend, "The weekend didn't come together for me. In qualifying we didn't find the best set up, and I also didn't get the most from the car. I didn't feel comfortable or confident, so we didn't end up with a good grid position. As it turned out that didn't matter, as I ended up being taken out anyway.
"At the start today I clipped the stalled car of Zuber on the grid and then at the end of the straight I had to avoid a spinning car, so ended up braking late and flat spotting a tyre. >From then on the car's handling was really difficult to manage and I was just fighting it the whole time. My race finished when I pushed a little too hard towards the end of the race and with oversteer on the exit of the corner, ended up spinning out. It's difficult to setup the car for the Sprint race when you haven't had a Feature race distance to understand the track more, but it's still disappointing not to reach the finish today."
David Price, Team Principal, David Price Racing, reviewed the team's performance saying, "It hasn't been an easy weekend for us. Christian has had to sit out these races with his back problems, but we hope he'll be back in the car for Monza, and that's left us with just one car competing. Andy didn't have the chance to run a race distance yesterday, which undoubtedly made it much more difficult for him today, not only starting so far back, but not having the data and track experience that the rest of the field had after the Feature race. He had a good pace today and we must concentrate on this positive as we head on to Monza."
The ninth round of the GP2 Series takes place in Monza, Italy in two weeks time, from 7th - 9th September, supporting the FIA Formula One World Championship Italian Grand Prix.