DPR MOVES FORWARD IN MONACO David Price Racing (DPR) brought home both its GP2 cars today, competing in the first of the two races at the third round of the Series, at the infamous Monaco street circuit. Andy Soucek, back in the DPR car this ...
DPR MOVES FORWARD IN MONACO
David Price Racing (DPR) brought home both its GP2 cars today, competing in the first of the two races at the third round of the Series, at the infamous Monaco street circuit. Andy Soucek, back in the DPR car this weekend to assist the team whilst regular driver Herck is injured, showed strong pace during practice, but an incident during qualifying prevented him from showing his true potential in today's race, crossing the line in 13th place. Diego Nunes made his debut at the tight and twisty Monaco Circuit, with a solid drive to bring his car home in 15th place.
On Soucek's return to the DPR team he quickly resumed the strong pace that he had shown at the end of last season and in the GP2 Asia races. He ran well during practice, posting a fourth fastest time in opening practice. However Soucek didn't have the chance to show his capabilities during qualifying, as during his first run out he ran too close to the barriers, which ended with him losing his rear wing. This put an early end to his qualifying session and resulted in him starting the Feature race right at the back of the grid. Nunes who was continuing his GP2 learning curve, completed the qualifying session without incident and landed a 20th place grid spot.
Under sunny conditions and track temperatures up to 24C, the GP2 cars lined up on the grid for the fifth race of the season. All of the cars made it cleanly through the first corner at Ste Devote, and the DPR drivers put their heads down to improve on their start positions. As the race progressed other drivers fell foul of the demanding street circuit, hauling Nunes and Soucek up the order. Soucek pitted early and after a clean stop rejoined in 18th place, Nunes also had a good pit stop from the DPR team and returned to the track with new tyres to continue pushing hard for position.
>From then on both drivers successfully stayed out of trouble, avoiding a multi-car incident and avoiding the perils of the close barriers and high kerbs which line this unique track. Soucek finally took the chequered flag in 13th place with Nunes close behind in 15th position.
David Price commented after the Feature Race, "Before qualifying we were quite optimistic ahead of the race. Andy was really quick in practice and we knew he had the car underneath him to get the job done. Unfortunately on his first qualifying run in his efforts to make the most of a clear track, he was a little bit hasty on the cold tyres and pushed too soon, so ended up damaging the car in an incident putting him out of qualifying. We should have had a top five start for the race, but it didn't happen, and that impacted on today's race for Andy.
"We have to take the positives though; both drivers reached the chequered flag unscathed on a circuit which is renowned for incidents. We are always quick out of the box here at Monaco, but we just don't seem to be able to turn it into results. We are in a good position for tomorrow's race though, and hopefully we can get some points."
For the first time since its inception, GP2 has a second race in Monaco, and the GP2 cars will once again line up tomorrow for the Sprint Race. Soucek will start 13th with Nunes a few grid slots further back in 15th.