First points for rookie van der Garde, accident ruins Nunes’ race.....

First points for rookie van der Garde, accident ruins Nunes’ race.....

10.05.2009: Rookie iSport driver Giedo van der Garde scored points in his first race after benefitting from the misfortune of his teammate Diego Nunes. Both Nunes and van der Garde had good starts with the later up to P11 from starting P18 by the first lap. With

iSport International Ltd – GP2 Series 2009
Barcelona Feature Race  – Saturday 9th May 2009

Giedo van der Garde (NED) – P7
Diego Nunes (BRA) – P11



 As is tradition for the first race of the season it was an action packed feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya this afternoon.

Rookie iSport driver Giedo van der Garde scored points in his first race after benefitting from the misfortune of his teammate Diego Nunes.  Both Nunes and van der Garde had good starts with the later up to P11 from starting P18 by the first lap.

With many held up for most of the race by the struggling Lucas Di Grassi a big accident between Alvaro Parente and Di Grassi unfortunately caught out an innocent Nunes damaging the front wing, barge board and steering of his iSport GP2 car. In the ensuing chaos the other iSport car of rookie Giedo van der Garde had better luck as he picked his way through into a fantastic P7 and a front row start in tomorrow’s sprint race.
 

Giedo van der Garde


“We did a great race. I had a really good speed and the race a we had a really great start. Of course we were a little bit lucky in the end but that’s racing and we finished 7th so from 18th to 7th is great. Tomorrow I’m on the front row and we hope to make a great race and we can finish somewhere on the podium and I’m very pleased about the weekend”.

 

Diego Nunes


“I did a quite good start and after that I got stuck behind Di Grassi and had a good fight with him. In the middle of this fight I lost two positions and my race started to go worse after that. I also lost one position in the pit stop to Mortara. After that was not too bad, I was still in the top eight then Parente had a crash with Di Grassi just in front of me and I couldn’t miss them. I tried to avoid the accident but I couldn’t and I lost my front wing and my steering wheel wasn’t straight and I just tried to finish the race. Now tomorrow I have to work to be in the points”.

 
- Hayley Smith - photo GP2

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10.05.2009 / MaP

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