Asia: Abu Dhabi: Super Nova Racing race 1 report

An action packed GP2 Asia season opener saw misfortune strike both Super Nova drivers in the race. The race began with a spectacular start line crash after Dani Clos stalled but fortunately both Johnny and Fairuz avoided this incident. Fairuz was running in P17 after gaining a number of positions but after a solid pit stop he had an incident with Leal which ended his race briefly afterwards. Johnny was showing good pace and was up to P14 before his pit stop - after which he rejoined behind some of the cars that chose to pit early and risk excessive tyre wear. Johnny subsequently caught the Coloni car of Jakes rapidly and got held up for a number of laps. He was then sent into a spin by Michael Herck but recovered to finish the race in 15th position.

Johnny Cecotto - P15
'Again, another really unlucky session for us where everything went wrong that could have done. I had a really good start but then, several times, there were cars overtaking by cutting the track. Once I made my stop I caught slower cars in front and at a certain point I was spun from behind. Our pace seemed good be we didn't get the chance to convert this into a good result'

Fairuz Fauzy - DNF
'We had a good race pace today but we didn't have quite enough in reserve to overtake - especially on this circuit. I'm a bit disappointed with the result as we had some contact from another car which resulted in a problem with the gearbox and my retirement.'

David Sears
'Not quite the start that we had hoped for this season. On the positive side we have seen some encouraging pace but unfortunately no results to back it up.'

-source: super nova racing

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Series GP2
Drivers Johnny Cecotto , Fairuz Fauzy , David Sears , Michael Herck , Dani Clos