ATECH CRS GP PICKS UP PACE IN TURKEY Atech CRS GP's Oli Oakes led the team's trio of drivers in the latest rounds of the GP3 Series at Istanbul this weekend. The young Briton set a strong pace in practice on Friday and came home 12th in the ...
ATECH CRS GP PICKS UP PACE IN TURKEY
Atech CRS GP's Oli Oakes led the team's trio of drivers in the latest rounds of the GP3 Series at Istanbul this weekend. The young Briton set a strong pace in practice on Friday and came home 12th in the opening race ahead of Patrick Reiterer in 14th and Vittorio Ghirelli in 17th.
The weekend started well for the team with Oakes posting the fifth quickest time in practice, his highest placing in the Friday test. However in qualifying he was disappointed to wind up 20th fastest after being unable to get a clear lap to give him a tenth row start for race one. Reiterer was next up of the Atech runners, six places behind with Ghirelli 28th.
In the race, a storming drive by Oakes allowed him to claw his way up through the field, enjoying a strong battle with Robert Wickens along the way to finish in 12th place. Starting race two from that position, Oli was in determined mood and confident of gaining even more places and hoping for a top six finish.
Another lightening getaway allowed him to rocket away at the start and get up to seventh place before his electrics went on the fifth lap, depriving him of gears and power and ending his race on the spot.
For Patrick the opening race also proved his most successful, the Italian making up 12 places from his start position to bring his car home in 14th place. There was also disappointment for him in race two however after a collision with another car at the first corner pitched him into a spin, dropping him down the order and resulting in 25th place at the finish.
After missing the opening races due to illness, this weekend marked Vittorio's first GP3 races, the young Italian driving a strong opening race to progress through the field and in to 17th. However his bid for a top ten finish in race two ended on the green flag lap when he stalled, getting away last.
After retaking his original grid position for the start of the race he was later awarded a drive through penalty costing him valuable time. A further pit stop later in the race dropped him further down the order and at the flag he crossed the line in 26th place.
Team Principal David Hayle: "If we can nail qualifying we will fight for race wins. Our test pace is good and our race pace is very good and now we are confident we know the problem of our qualifying pace."
-source: atech crs gp