Ocean Racing Technology prepare for their second season in GP2 Review of the Portuguese team's Jerez test Ocean Racing Technology tested for three consecutive days on the Jerez Frontera circuit in Spain last week as they prepared for the next...
Ocean Racing Technology prepare for their second season in GP2
Review of the Portuguese team's Jerez test
Ocean Racing Technology tested for three consecutive days on the Jerez Frontera circuit in Spain last week as they prepared for the next season of the GP2 Asia Series which will kick off at the new Abu Dhabi circuit on the thirtieth of October. The Portuguese team is aiming to use the pre-season tests to select the new drivers who will occupy the race seats of their two single-seaters as well as collect the maximum amount of data possible that is specific to the behaviour of the car in order to make it more competitive.
Co-director of Ocean Racing Technology, Jose Guedes, came to a positive assessment after the first session on the Spanish circuit of Jerez came to a close. "All in all we are satisfied with the work done by the team as well as with the data we gathered here. There will be just a few opportunities to test before the regular season starts and that's why every kilometre is decisive in order to discover what the best set-up is. All the adjustments are made to help the car be more and more efficient before the season opener. This first session was positive and I think that with the five other test days we have, we should reach a good level of performance for the Asian championship."
At Jerez, Ocean Racing Technology benefitted from entrusting the seats of their Dallara's to Philip Eng, Josef Kral, Fabio Leimer and Rodolfo Gonzalez. However the second director of the team stresses that other drivers will also be tested and that it will only be at the conclusion of the pre season tests that a decision will be made concerning the identity of the drivers they will call upon to defend the colours of the Portuguese team. "You have to put these tests in perspective. We got more data with Leimer and Eng just because they took the wheel two days out of the three. Their technical feedback was good. Kral and Gonzalez only ran for one day so it is normal that it was less conclusive, but they also did a good job," Tiago Monteiro explained. "It is a good start for the procedure that will lead us to select the drivers who will race with us in next season."
Ocean Racing Technology will test again on October 23 in Abu Dhabi. The GP2 Asia Series Championship will include four race meetings in 2009/10, the first on October 30 at Abu Dhabi together with the 2009 season finale of Formula One.