Qi-Meritus.Mahara: tyres let Bonanomi and Parente down in race one

Qi-Meritus.Mahara: tyres let Bonanomi and Parente down in race one

13.02.2009: Italian Marco Bonanomi and Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente started the 34-lap long race one in Doha from 12th and 13th respectively in front of a grandstand filled with 5,000 cheering supporters - guests of the team's sponsor Questnet.

Race One: Marco Bonanomi (18) 16th, Alvaro Parente (19) - 17th;

Italian Marco Bonanomi and Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente started the 34-lap long race one in Doha from 12th and 13th respectively in front of a grandstand filled with 5,000 cheering supporters - guests of the team's sponsor Questnet.

An unusual accident at the start between Yelmer Buurman, Sakon Yamamoto and Rodolfo Gonzalez on the pit straight changed the course of the race and called for the safety car. Alvaro Parente was running in eighth position as the race resumed and looked unstoppable as he carved his way up to sixth and clocked the fastest lap of the race. But damaged front tyres caused Parente to pit three times during the race. Bonanomi encountered similar problems and when he pitted on lap 14, the team opted to change all four tyres, but ten laps later the car was undriveable again.

Alvaro Parente commented,
"I do not know what happened nor whether my tyres were faulty or if it was my driving style or the set-up. I have never had an issue with tyres like this before and it is a real shame because we had a really strong pace. I pushed hard and I am proud to have scored my fastest lap with My Qi-Meritus.Mahara on lap 21.

Our strategy had planned the pitstop on lap 12. Then I had a problem with my tires and pitted again a second time on lap 19. I lost the car in the sand but rejoined with no damage and even had to do a third stop on lap 25. That was it for my race despite the fastest lap. I am feeling more confident for the second race though and hope the tyres hold out better tomorrow."

Marco Bonanomi commented,
"I am so disappointed with the tyre issue we suffered from. It cost us a good race despite changing all four tyres in my pit stop only for the problem to return within ten laps making the car impossible to drive. I am sorry for the fans to have lost my good pace because of faulty tyres. I know that we can work on changing the situation for race two."

Peter Thompson, team founder commented,
"It's a pity that our drivers had problems with the tyres. We are working hard to investigate what caused this. Alvaro Parente showed a good pace and was flying, even scoring a fastest lap. Of course, I am disappointed that neither of our two drivers finished in the points today.

Now, we must work on a plan for a stronger second race. I want to thank the 5,000 fans from our sponsor Qi to have attended the race in such large numbers. Their motivation is amazing. See you tomorrow to race again in front of our Questnet fans."

Raad S. Abduljawad, team chairman, My Qi-Meritus.Mahara commented,
"The team worked really hard for a two car finish for this first ever night race. The ingredients were there for a superb night race and great organization. We are working hard now to understand what happened with the tyres in order to capitalise on our pace and have a better result in tomorrow's second race."

About QI Ltd

QI Ltd, a multinational conglomerate with regional offices in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, was established in 1998 to spearhead the development of a dynamic group of companies. The rapidly expanding QI Group of Companies' business portfolio covers retailing, travel and leisure to interactive marketing, technology, financial services, corporate investments, training and education, business consulting and logistics.

The QI Group, through its subsidiaries and associate companies, has a presence in nearly 30 countries, including an operational headquarters in Malaysia, a marketing and product development team in Thailand and a telecommunications arm in the United Kingdom. The QI Group has over 1,000 employees, and a global customer base of more than three million spread across 160 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.qi-ltd.com

About QuestNet

QuestNet is the "proud sponsor of My Qi-Meritus.Mahara in the 2009 GP2 Asia Series" and flagship business of QI Ltd and is a leading network marketing company serving almost four million entrepreneurs across the globe. Through its industry leading marketing services, QuestNet is a distributor of wellness products, limited edition coins and medallions, watches and jewellery, holiday memberships, and technology products.

QuestNet is supported by an extensive network of representative offices and associate companies in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, India and Brazil. Find out more at www.quest.net.


About The V
V Global Management Sdn Bhd (The V) is an international marketing, training events, network management and development company focussed on providing quality training to a growing number of global entrepreneurs. The V is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with offices and V Training Centres (VTCs) in Philippines, India and
Canada. Its subsidiaries include V- Studios (Production Company), GITA (Training Academy) and PR World Wide Live (Events Company). The V is a member of the QI Group of Companies. For more information, please visit http://www.the-v.net

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