The second race of the GP2 Series weekend at Valencia was held today at the Spanish city's port venue. Team Rapax scored a convincing 9th place finish with rookie Daniel De Jong, while Tom Dillmann ended up in 12th.
De Jong experienced a positive weekend. Despite he was at his first race in the series on a tough track like the Valencia streetcourse, he did not commit a single mistake as he managed several tense situations correctly and successfully made it to the finis. The safety-car was deployed two times again today, but both the team's drivers proved flawless.
The French race paid an heavy price for the progressive wear of his tires that made his last few laps much more difficult, and made it to the end without any rubber left. The GP2 Series will now be back at the British Silverstone circuit, where teams and drivers will run in the seventh out of 12 rounds of the championship.
Daniel De Jong 9th
“I'm happy with how this weekend finished. After two really short session of practice and qualifying, I didn't have tons of know-how for the racer.My goal was to keep familiarizing with the cars, the tires, and some other new aspects. Having avoided to make mistakes, and ended up in the top-10 at the end of race 2 is a great result for me. Today I started in 15th, avoided all mistakes and kept the pace of the drivers I had in front. The idea of saving a fresh set of tires for today has been positive, because it allowed me to focus on driving without being concerned on tire wear..."
Tom Dillmann 12th
“Today's race has been an extremely tough one for me. I started on older tires because we used the last set of fresh ones in race 1, but the start has been good. I made a quick start and in the first lap I made up one spot without taking big risks. Once re-started fter the first safety-car condition I started to suffer from some high tire wear. At the beginning I only had some vibrations that prevented me from braking efficiently, then the performance dropped even further. At that point I just tried to get to the checkered flag with no incidents: there was nothing left to do".