Posted 23 January 2008 - 21:34
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 16:11
GP2 Asia Series Revs Up For Dubai
The anticipation and excitement have slowly been building over the past week, as the GP2 Asia Series hosted its first two test sessions at the Dubai Autodrome, in the lead-up to this week’s inaugural grand prix.
With the exception of Racing Engineering, the line-up includes the other twelve competing teams from last year’s GP2 Series, with the Meritus team stepping in to make up the grid.
Although the two test sessions have presented a mixed bag of results for most teams, there has been one standout driver and team combination. Romain Grossjean and ART Grand Prix have topped the timesheets at both test sessions.
With this weekend’s two races looking to be contested in similar conditions this is an encouraging start for the team, in sync with their goals for the championship.
Frédéric Vasseur, joint Team Principal with Nicolas Todt, stated that: “ART Grand Prix takes the new GP2 Series Asia challenge very seriously and will combine the best elements in the context given in order to be a regular visitor to the podium.”
Bruno Senna and Karun Chandok are the nominated drivers for iSport International, champions of last year’s GP2 Series. With a respectful end to testing (P3 and P5 respectively) they are no doubt seen as very strong contenders alongside Grossjean, in what looks to be a very tightly contested weekend.
Today’s clear schedule provides a welcome respite for the teams, ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying and the first race of the weekend, with race two wrapping up proceedings on Saturday.
Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:43
I include below my report from Free Practice (sorry my formatting on the timesheet seems to have gone kaput on the forum and I don't have time to fix it right now), and have a report for Qualifying if anyone would be interested.
Soucek Tops Free Practice
Andy Soucek set the pace in this morning’s free practice session, at the opening round of the GP2 Asia Series in Dubai. Racing for DPR he was able to establish a gap of just over four tenths to Bruno Senna, in second for iSport International, with Adrian Valles coming in third.
The Spaniard talking before the season believed that he and DPR would be able to carry through good momentum from last year’s GP2 Series. However, it is not expected that this form will carry through to qualifying or the race.
Free practice did not run its full course and was red-flagged twenty minutes into the half-hour session as Luca Filippi made a driving error, crashing his car into the wall.
The pace this morning was nearly half a second slower than that achieved in the tests at the track earlier this week, with many cars having set a faster time. Clearly, qualifying will be a much more hotly contested session.
[b] Pos Driver Team Time Laps[/b] 1. Andy Soucek DPR 1:21.870 11 2. Bruno Senna iSport International 1:22.280 10 3. Adrian Valles FMS International 1:22.514 12 4. Romain Grosjean ART Grand Prix 1:22.864 8 5. Kamui Kobayashi Dams 1:22.996 11 6. Marco Bonanomi Piquet Sports 1:23.107 9 7. Vitaly Petrov Barwa International Campos Team 1:23.165 11 8. Karun Chandhok iSport International 1:23.185 8 9. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:23.267 12 10. Milos Pavlovic BCN Competicion 1:23.301 12 11. Sébastien Buemi Trust Team Arden 1:23.431 12 12. Ho-Pin Tung Trident Racing 1:23.480 11 13. Luca Filippi Qi-Meritus Mahara 1:23.556 9 14. Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dams 1:23.805 10 15. Harald Schleghelmilch Trident Racing 1:23.816 10 16. Hiroki Yoshimoto Qi-Meritus Mahara 1:23.894 10 17. Diego Nunes Barwa International Campos Team 1:23.894 12 18. Stephen Jelley ART Grand Prix 1:23.988 12 19. Adam Khan Trust Team Arden 1:24.288 12 20. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:24.726 11 21. Michael Herck FMS International 1:24.930 10 22. Arman Ebrahim DPR 1:24.980 10 23. Christian Bakkerud Super Nova Racing 1:25.551 11 24. Alberto Valerio Durango 1:26.123 11 25. Jason Tahinci BCN Competicion 1:26.206 11 26. Marcello Puglisi Piquet Sports 1:35.585 3
Posted 26 January 2008 - 08:00
Thanks for covering it, eventually
Originally posted by bira
We don't currently have plans to cover it, no.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 15:40
Posted 30 January 2008 - 16:05