Supernova Monaco Race Two review

Supernova Monaco Race Two review

23.05.2009: The GP2 Monaco event concluded this afternoon, with a 30 lap race around the famous streets of Monte Carlo. With odds stacked up against them, following a frustrating day of racing yesterday, Super Nova sadly came away with no points.

GP2 2009 Championship Saturday 23rd May 2009



The GP2 Monaco event concluded this afternoon, with a 30 lap race around the famous streets of Monte Carlo. With odds stacked up against them, following a frustrating day of racing yesterday, Super Nova sadly came away with no points.

Luca Filippi had a trying race from the back of the grid. He retired to the pit lane only half way through the race, having used the session to test set up’s for Budapest, since the same tyre compound will be used for the Hungarian round.

Team mate Javier Villa maintained his tenth place grid position as the race got under way, it was a clean start, with Karun Chandhok (Ocean Racing Technology) taking the lead, ahead of Pastor Maldonado. Javier’s sector times continually matched the race leaders. He gained a total of two positions, but with few chances to pass, he preserved his tyres & settled with P8 to finish.

Pastor Maldonado took the lead, when Chandhok was forced to retire, leading his ART Grand Prix car to victory. Team mate Nico Hulkenberg, joined him on the podium in third place, Jerome D’Ambrosio finishing second for DAMS.

Team Principal David Sears
“It has been a trying weekend for the Super Nova team. We had chances to score points, but not unfortunately this didn’t happen.

Javier Villa proved he and his car have what it takes to run at the front, we have just been a little unlucky this weekend. We will put this behind us and go to Istanbul in a couple of weeks time, with renewed vigour!”

Luca Filippi said “It was sadly not a special race for me here today. We used the time to test for the Budapest race, as we knew the chances of getting points were very slim. Unfortunately I didn’t get much clear air, so we made the decision to retire.  I will look ahead to Istanbul now.”

Javier Villa said “Monaco is a hard race at the best times. There are very few opportunities to over take, so it was all about staying in the race. It has been a good weekend in terms of pace. The car has been very quick throughout qualifying and the races, we have just been unlucky with it.”



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23.05.2009 / MaP

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