DAMS Barcelone, race 1: First race, first rostrum finish

DAMS Barcelone, race 1: First race, first rostrum finish

10.05.2009: Today, DAMS raced in the first event of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the Catalonian circuit and kicked off its season with a rostrum finish. Starting from sixth on the grid Jérôme d'Ambrosio made a blinding getaway in

Today, DAMS raced in the first event of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the Catalonian circuit and kicked off its season with a rostrum finish. Starting from sixth on the grid Jérôme d'Ambrosio made a blinding getaway in the Long Race, and was up into third after only a few hundred metres. The Belgian drove a perfect, consistent race controlling the gap to the fourth-placed car. A good pit stop enabled him to hold onto his position, and he finished his first GP2 Series race of the season on the rostrum.

Kamui Kobayashi pushed right from the start and was rewarded by the point for eighth place. His was the fight back of the day, as he started from twenty-second spot on the grid! The Japanese driver changed tyres very early on, which he then nursed to saw the chequered flag in the best conditions. Tomorrow, he will start the short race from pole!

Eric Boullier:
“Given our positions at the start, today's result is an excellent one. Bravo to our two drivers who showed that they've got the skills to fight at the front for the rest of the season. Congratulations too to the team for its efficient strategy and good pit stops. Today's race gives our motivation a huge boost in view of those to come. Given Kamui's position on the grid, we can look forward to a victory, and another rostrum finish for Jérôme. Those will be our aims tomorrow.”

Jérôme d'Ambrosio, 6th on the grid, 3rd at the finish, 6th on the grid for tomorrow's race

“When the lights went out I got a hell of a fright as the car just in front of me was very slow getting away. I managed to avoid it, and in the confusion that followed I was able to move up to third very quickly. The car was well balanced; I felt very much at ease and I was able to keep up the pace right to the flag. Today's result is a reward for all the effort I've made over these past few months - and I'm not going to leave it at that!”

Kamui Kobayashi, 22nd on the gird, 8th at the finish, pole position for tomorrow's race

“I really didn't think I'd score points in normal conditions but we did it! It was difficult to keep the car on the track towards the end as my tyres were shot, but our gamble paid off. I'm starting from pole tomorrow and I'll be gunning for victory. Finally, what started out as a bit of a nightmarish weekend has turned in our favour.”
 
 
Race 1 results :

     1. Romain Grosjean Barwa Campos 1h02m22.709s 
     2. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Campos + 2.459s 
     3. Jerome D'Ambrosio DAMS + 6.349s 
     4. Luca Filippi Super Nova + 8.346s 
     5. Pastor Maldonado ART + 8.741s 
     6. Edoardo Mortara Arden + 12.529s 
     7. Giedo van der Garde iSport + 12.748s 
     8. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS + 14.063s 
     9. Nico Hulkenberg ART + 14.260s 
    10. Javier Villa Super Nova + 15.200s 
    11. Diego Nunes iSport + 16.669s 
    12. Nelson Panciatici Durango + 17.756s 
    13. Michael Herck DPR + 18.445s 
    14. Sergio Perez Arden + 18.595s 
    15. Alberto Valerio Piquet + 31.629s 
    16. Luis Razia Fisichella + 1 lap 
    17. Davide Rigon Trident + 1 lap 
     
    Retirements: 

     Lucas di Grassi Racing Engineering 32 laps 
     Alvaro Parente Ocean 32 laps 
     Dani Clos Racing Engineering 31 laps 
     Karun Chandhok Ocean 27 laps 
     Roldan Rodriguez Piquet 25 laps 
     Davide Valsecchi Durango 16 laps 
     Ricardo Teixeira Trident 11 laps 
     Andi Zuber Fisichella 5 laps 
     Giacomo Ricci DPR 1 lap 


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10.05.2009 / MaP

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