DPR SCORES FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP POINT David Price Racing (DPR) scored a point in today's Sprint race at the Monaco round of the 2008 GP2 Series, with stand-in driver, Andy Soucek taking sixth place, putting the team on the Championship points ...
DPR SCORES FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP POINT
David Price Racing (DPR) scored a point in today's Sprint race at the Monaco round of the 2008 GP2 Series, with stand-in driver, Andy Soucek taking sixth place, putting the team on the Championship points leaderboard for the first time this season. Regular driver, Diego Nunes, backed up Soucek's achievement with a solid ninth place.
Soucek lined up in 13th place with Nunes just behind in 14th on the Sprint race grid, with the young Brazilian having gained a starting position after Vila was handed a penalty from yesterday's race.
The opening sequence of corners produced plenty of drama, as often happens at a narrow street circuit, with three cars out. A storming start from Soucek elevated him to seventh after the first lap, while Nunes also gained positions, lying 10th at the end of lap one. The stricken cars caused the deployment of the safety car, which stayed out for two laps. On a return to full speed racing the DPR drivers held position, until the field was bunched up again, with a second safety car on track after nine laps when Alberto Valerio hit the crash barriers. On lap 12 the field returned to racing with Soucek in 7th and Nunes in 10th, but in the tight confines of this unique circuit, it was always going to be tough for either DPR driver to improve position.
As the race reached its midpoint the pace settled, with Soucek close on the heels of yesterday's race winner, Bruno Senna and Nunes on the tail of Buurmann. Soucek's onboard camera showed just how demanding this track is, as he whistled past the unforgiving barriers and hounded Senna, looking for any opportunity to overtake, despite the lack of good passing places.
DPR finally had good fortune when Adrian Valles was given a drive through penalty for a technical infringement, gifting Soucek sixth position, with the Spaniard then lying in a points paying position. Nunes also moved up to lie ninth. Positions remained the same up and down the order, and DPR were pleased to have both of their cars in the top ten at the chequered flag, as well as taking their first points of the season.
David Price, Team Principal, was happy to break the team's duck, saying, "It's a relief to have finally scored a point this season; Andy did a great job at the start to keep out of the first lap dramas and make up positions, then he was able to capitalise on another drivers' misfortune. Diego also had a strong run today; he didn't succumb to the pressure that was on him from Grosjean behind and is continuing to improve as he gains experience with this car. It's not an easy track to drive, but I think we've proved we have the car to match any other. We've had our first race this season with both cars finishing in the top ten, so we're pleased with that."
The GP2 field moves on to Paul Ricard circuit in France for a two-day test session ahead of the next round in Magny Cours, supporting the Formula 1 French Grand Prix.