German driver Timo Glock (iSport International) found the sweet spot on the medium compound Bridgestone Potenza to claim pole position in front of his home crowd and take his second victory of the season in Saturday's 35 lap race in round six of...
German driver Timo Glock (iSport International) found the sweet spot on the medium compound Bridgestone Potenza to claim pole position in front of his home crowd and take his second victory of the season in Saturday's 35 lap race in round six of the Bridgestone-supported GP2 Series. Spanish driver Javier Villa (Racing Engineering) also took his second win of the year in Sunday's 24 lap sprint race.
Glock lost the lead at the start of Saturday's race to Lucas di Grassi (ART Grand Prix), but he opted for a later obligatory pit stop and was able to return to the track with two new rear Potenzas ahead of di Grassi. Despite damaging his front-right tyre by locking his brakes, Glock was able to manage his tyres to take the race win by 2.2 seconds from di Grassi.
Sunday's race saw Villa manage the traction of his rear Bridgestone Potenzas away from the line perfectly to jump to a lead which was unchallenged. He crossed the finish line 3.6 seconds ahead of Kohei Hirate (Trident Racing). Kazuki Nakajima (Dams) continued his run of strong performances with his fourth consecutive third place, making this the first time in the GP2 Series that two Japanese drivers have appeared on the podium together.
Although both races were dry, the Friday practice session was interrupted by a heavy thunder storm which stopped the running for 16 minutes. This meant the GP2 wet specification tyre made its first race weekend appearance of the 2007 season, although only for ten minutes when free practice was re-started.
Glock continues to lead the Drivers' Championship on 53 points, closely followed by di Grassi on 46 points, and Luca Fillipi (Super Nova) on 35. The Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary, is the location for round seven of the GP2 Series on 3-5 August. The circuit is one of the most difficult on the calendar as a lack of long straights makes overtaking difficult. Bridgestone's medium compound Potenza will once more be used.
Quote from Kentaro Yamamoto - GP2 Engineer "The performance of the Bridgestone Potenzas in race one was very good, and observing from the lap times the degradation was not as big as expected, partially due to the cooler conditions for this year at Nurburgring. In the second race of the weekend we are very proud to have two Japanese drivers on the podium for the first time ever in the GP2 Series. Sunday's track conditions were similar to Saturday's and the tyres performed just as expected. We are happy with the wet Bridgestone tyres which warmed up well during free practice. The performance of the wet tyre is very important in GP2 because there is only one specification of wet tyre unlike in Formula One, which has two specifications."