FIRST SEASON POINTS FOR DPR IN SPAIN David Price Racing (DPR) celebrated the team's first points finish of the season in Valencia today. A spirited drive by Diego Nunes was rewarded with a fifth place finish and two valuable championship points.
FIRST SEASON POINTS FOR DPR IN SPAIN
David Price Racing (DPR) celebrated the team's first points finish of the season in Valencia today. A spirited drive by Diego Nunes was rewarded with a fifth place finish and two valuable championship points. Team mate Michael Herck was less fortunate, with Andy Zuber running into the back of him at the start, resulting in the DPR car losing its rear wing. After repairs Herck returned to the track, finally finishing in 14th place.
The DPR cars lined up in 10th place with Nunes behind the wheel, and in 12th position with Michael Herck driving. The start was chaotic in the midfield with all the drivers attempting to squeeze through the first corners. When the grid emerged Nunes had maintained position, while Herck was hit from behind by Andy Zuber, which dislodged his rear wing and forced him to tour into the pits for a replacement.
Nunes began to improve his track position, moving up to eighth by the third lap and up to seventh a few laps later, then moving into sixth after 10 laps of the 23 lap distance. Meanwhile the DPR crew had worked quickly to replace Herck's rear wing and he was able to return to the track, although one lap down on the field.
At half distance race leader, Romain Grosjean, was challenged by Luca Filippi, putting Grosjean into the tyre barrier and out of the race, promoting Nunes to fifth place. With the field strung out, Nunes was able to run in clean air, but only for a few laps. A spin by Marko Asmer, which left him stranded in the middle of the track, brought out the safety car and closed up the grid for a dash to the chequered flag.
The cars were released from behind the safety car with eight laps remaining and only sixteen cars left to fight it out. Nunes defended hard to maintain his points-paying position, and then began to pull away from the cars following, with this group squabbling over the final point available.
It was the longest eight laps of the season for the DPR team, and the young Brazilian coped well. He withstood the pressure to cross the line in fifth position, taking his first points of the season, putting DPR onto the leader board for the first time this season.
David Price, Team Principal, David Price Racing, said after the race, "Finally we've recorded some points this season. It's been a long wait, although one race weekend earlier than last year! Diego drove exceptionally well today and deserved to win some points today, I'm sure it will be the first of many. Michael was very unlucky to get punted at the start and that compromised his race, but the DPR crew did a good job to get him back out and give him some more running."
The next round of the 2008 GP2 Series takes place in two weeks time at the class Belgian circuit of Spa Francorchamps, a favourite track of the race drivers and a location which is certain to provide more exciting racing.