Trident Racing and Kohei Hirate on podium at Nurburgring. Trident Racing ended one of the most concrete and successful weekends of the season at the Nurburgring. Kohei Hirate scored his best career result with a second-place finish in Race 2,...
Trident Racing and Kohei Hirate on podium at Nurburgring.
Trident Racing ended one of the most concrete and successful weekends of the season at the Nurburgring. Kohei Hirate scored his best career result with a second-place finish in Race 2, just two spots ahead of team mate Pastor Maldonado. The good results, crowned by a maiden podium, follow a steady Race 1 that increased the very positive balance of the team`s trip to Germany. Hirate made a great start, clinching 3rd spot in front of Maldonado; then Kohei passed Adrian Zaugg, and in the end managed to keep the aggressive Kazuki Nakajima behind . Pastor did anything possible to defend a possible podium finish, but settled for 4th, scoring enough points to propel towards the 5th place in standings, where he figures as the best rookie.
Maurizio Salvadori, Team Owner
"The balance of our weekend is very positive. Maldonado entered the points for the fourth straight time, reaching the championship`s top-5 and setting up high hopes for the last part of the season. Hirate shown to have found a psychological breakthrough with a masterful race; the great move on Zaugg, as well as the intensive defense on the returning Nakajima, let finally see a strong confidence that is really well-promising for the next races. There`s still a long way to go and, judging from today`s results, big achievements are still to catch".
Kohei Hirate, 2nd
"I`m happy, very happy. This weekend repaid both me and the team of the huge effort made to come out of a negative situation. Today`s race was perfect from a result standpoint, yet really fun to drive. I made a good start, as well as a good first part of the race, and when Nakajima caught my slipstream, we started a lengthy duel I got won under the flag, as I had more troubles while braking, but I had more traction coming out of the corners. My confidence for the next races is mainly due to the greatly balanced car I drove today: we found the right direction with our set-up development".
Pastor Maldonado, 4th.
"The start of Race 2 was not perfect, and that made me lose a position. Then, when I saw Nakajima was faster than me and catching up I elected to avoid putting good points in jeopardy for a 1-point difference. By the way, I`m still satisfied with the whole weekend picture, especially for the good balance the car shown yesterday: it means that the adjustments made before the race proved to be right".