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Hockenheimring: MW Arden race 2 report

CHRISTENSEN'S SPIRITED RECOVERY SPURS MW ARDEN Michael Christensen underlined the potential of the MW Arden team with a stirring recovery drive in this morning's curtailed GP3 Series race at Hockenheim. Starting 22nd, the Dane didn't have...

CHRISTENSEN'S SPIRITED RECOVERY SPURS MW ARDEN

Michael Christensen underlined the potential of the MW Arden team with a stirring recovery drive in this morning's curtailed GP3 Series race at Hockenheim. Starting 22nd, the Dane didn't have much time to make up ground, because the Safety Car came out twice and led the field for a total of eight laps, but he nonetheless carved though the field to finish 10th. Miki Monras made good progress, too: from 30th -- and last -- on the grid, he drove a strong, clean race to finish 15th. Leonardo Cordeiro was not so fortunate, however. The Brazilian had moved up from 26th to 17th when he was hit from behind by rival Nigel Melker. Both drivers retired on the spot.

The Safety Car slowed the pace to such an extent that the race exceeded its 30-minute time limit. The chequered flag was shown after 17 laps, one short of the scheduled distance.

Michael:

"That was a positive race. I made a good start and tried to keep out of trouble during the early stages, when there were quite a few accidents. The first few laps went well and once the race settled down I got into a good rhythm and tried to pass as many cars as I could. I didn't come here aiming to finish 10th, but given today's grid position that was actually a good result."

Miki:

"My target today was to finish the race and gain more experience of the track. It was an incident-packed event, with eight laps behind the Safety Car, but I was pleased my with my pace. I set the seventh fastest race time on only my second lap around here in the dry -- and that was extremely positive. I am confident that we'll be in good shape for Budapest and I look forward to challenging for a podium finish. This hasn't been the greatest weekend, but it's always possible to learn something."

Leonardo:

"I made yet another good start and had picked up 10 places before Nigel Melker crashed into me. I knew there was no chance of finishing in the points, so I was just trying to be careful. The car felt OK and I was pleased to be so close to the pace, given that I hadn't completed any dry laps here in the wake of yesterday's accident. I felt the race was going well until Melker hit me. Overall, I feel I have taken a big step forward this weekend and that gives me lots of confidence going into next weekend's race in Budapest."

-source: arden-motorsport.com

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Series GP3
Drivers Michael Christensen , Miki Monras , Nigel Melker , Leonardo Cordeiro