GP2 Main Series: Silverstone, Race 2 Silverstone, July 6, 2008 No. 20 Mike Conway, 4th No. 21 Ho Pin Tung, DNF The second race of the GP2 Series` British weekend at Sliverstone was much better than the first one for Trident Racing, as Mike ...
GP2 Main Series: Silverstone, Race 2
Silverstone, July 6, 2008
No. 20 Mike Conway, 4th
No. 21 Ho Pin Tung, DNF
The second race of the GP2 Series` British weekend at Sliverstone was much better than the first one for Trident Racing, as Mike Conway recovered up to 4th place and took some extremely valuable points. The Briton managed to fight back in the initial stages and ended up in a consistent fashion, repaying the team`s hard work after a disappointing Race 1, and boosting the staff`s confidence for the second half of the season. Chinese driver Ho Pin Tung once again had one of his trademark great starts, but was forced to retire early after ending up off-track.
"I was really concerned in the closing stages when my engine gradually lost power: I rounded the last lap completely flat-out to prevent it from stalling. Today`s start wasn`t one of my best ones, but I passed a lot of cars in the initial laps, climbing up to 4th. I even caught Pantano and hoped for a mistake by him, but I didn`t have a true chance to dive in and pass. In the end, fourth place is good for points, and for our standing position".
Ho Pin Tung
"I really had a good start, and climbed back to 8th place after moving on several cars. I made a mistake at the beginning, due to the wet track, but I was able to keep my engine on and continue. Unfortunately, another error brought me to stall and ended my day for good".
Graziano Michelacci, Engineer - Mike Conway
"We opted for a full-wet set-up, without compromises, and we had the same great feedback of Magny-Cours. Mike improved his position and lapped on some extremely fast lap-times. Once in the slipstream of Giorgio Pantano, he waited for a mistake by the Italian that eventually didn`t come. In the final laps we were concerned with Mike`s engine, but he managed to come to the flag".
Daniele Rossi, Engineer - Ho Pin Tung
"Today`s race was disputed on extremely tough conditions. From a technical standpoint, our choices turned out to be really positive, as the circuit stayed wet all-day long. Ho Pin made a great start and kept a good pace in the initial laps, but was latter penalized by a driving mistake that ended his day. We`re keeping concentrated for Hockenheim: Ho Pin has a good knowledge of the venue, and that might be a good advantage in qualifying".
-credit: trident racing