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Valsecchi king of the Yas Marina Circuit as iSport sprint into early championship lead
Old 3 Nov 2009 12:42
Category: GP2/GP3
iSport racer Davide Valsecchi completed a near perfect point scoring weekend after finishing second in the sprint race in Abu Dhabi. After securing pole, winning the feature race and setting the fasted lap on Saturday, Valsecchi stormed through the field from eight to second and also secured fastest lap in the sprint to take a huge 19 points from Abu Dhabi and a commanding lead of the GP2 Asia Series. His iSport team mate Oliver Turvey (starting from pole), was slow away from the line in only is his second ever GP2 start and dropped to fourth and was then passed by his experienced team mate. In the late stages Turvey caught and re-passed the slower Alexander Rossi to take the chequered flag in fourth. It was an impressive first start for British driver Turvey, who missed the two day test but takes away four points in his first ever GP2 race.

Davide Valsecchi (courtesy of GP2)
GP2 Series: Davide, another great race today. Starting from eight and finishing second: how did you do that?
I don’t know! We were special again today. The car was unbelievable. The driver’s job is so much easier with that. If you are confident, and the car is brilliant, you can do just about anything. That’s what happened today. It was perfect. iSport is a great team; sure they know how to make a great car, but also, they made me part of their family. That’s special. And I had so much fun overtaking cars!

GP2 Series: Do you think we should name Turn 11 “Valsecchi’s corner”?
(Laughs) No, no… Anyway, I was very fast here. It was harder than yesterday because we had the limiter at the end of the straight today. Still, it was great to overtake there.

GP2 Series: Was the race one lap too short?
No. I tried to overtake Filippi four laps earlier and he protected his position better than yesterday. So it took me longer to overtake him. And after that, I saw that I could overtake Turvey on the straight! But, you know, don’t think about “What if there had been one more lap?” There was no more lap and Vietoris completely deserved his win. He did a really good job and I am extremely satisfied with nineteen points scored this weekend. It’s fine that way.

Oliver Turvey
"The start did not go as I had hoped, which was later found to be due to the engine getting too hot which put it into safe mode. After this I felt we had a strong race to finish 4th, overtaking my final competitor on the last lap. However I am slightly disappointed not to have finished on the podium, as without the problem at the start, I feel we could have won the race today. After missing the official two day test, it was pleasing to score points in both races for my first weekend in GP2. I was able to improve throughout the weekend and now have a much better feeling with the car so am looking forward to the next round back here in Abu Dhabi. I would like to thank everyone in the iSport team for providing me with a competitive car and all their hard work over the weekend."
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