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19/10/2008

Durango - Davide Valsecchi (Winner) Carlos Iaconelli (DNF)

Davide Valsecchi is the first italian who made the italian anthem be officially played in China after the Olympics! The Durango driver in fact won Shanghai Race 2 thanks to a perfect race led from flag to flag. Carlos Iaconelli unfortunately had to retire immediately because been hit by a competitor.

Davide commented: "Yesterday I drove the whole race with a damaged suspension because of a whack taken during the first lap. But today the only problem I got was not to make a mistake at the start. I did not make it so exiting the first corner as a leader gave me even more determination. During the first stages I tried to keep the things alright not forcing too much. Then I increased the rhythm driving the great car Durango gave me till the chequered flag. Bellissimo!".

Ivone Pinton said: "I am sorry for Carlos who deserved to drive a nice race but I am over the moon because of Davide's victory. Now we are going to celebrate but be sure that we all will do our best to get on having such a good time in the future!"

My Qi-Meritus.Mahara - Earl Bamber (2nd) Alex Yoong (9th)

Malaysian Alex Yoong and New Zealand rookie Earl Bamber started respectively from 13th and third to finish the 24-lap second race of their GP2 Asia series career in ninth place and second places respectively.

Bamber's startling runner up position brings five more points to the team for its first weekend of racing in the second season, bringing the total to eight. Having scored points in both race, Bamber now ranks fourth in the GP2 Asia driver's championship. It was an exciting start for the young New Zealander in the second race as he jumped up one position at the start and ended the first lap only 0.8s behind eventual winner David Valsecchi. Yoong had a great start as well and from 14th position climbed to eighth behind Jerome d'Ambrosio and ahead of Hiroki Yoshimoto.

Bamber: "I had a strong start and went to the outside in the first corner. It worked again like it did yesterday and I managed to position just behind Valesechhi so that I gained one position. After that we lapped 0.9s behind him and towards the ninth lap I was really pushing him and did a couple of really good laps, in 1.48.851 and then 1.48.500. By mid race, I was fighting hard but being careful to maintain control. Towards the end I was a bit tired, but it is a great start for the Championship. The competition in GP2 Asia is harder than what I have experienced until now, but I'm pleased with
the way I handled the pressure. The car is fantastic, but I am still on a learning curve. If the team gets to work a bit more on the car, we will have other good races. I had never dreamt of such an incredible result having ranked 23rd in our first practice session. This was a great result, and on my father's birthday too!"

Alex Yoong: "I am very pleased with my race. I started 14th and then was eighth until Yoshimoto pushed to pass me. I finish ninth. Not a bad result considering that we had the same speed problem on the straight as yesterday and I was 8 km/h slower than Earl with the same car. We will progress more for next race."

Peter Thompson, Team Founder: "I am very happy to have the two cars at the finish and Earl Bamber on the podium in only his second race. The team worked very hard and I would like to congratulate the mechanics, the engineers and our Team Principal Gianfranco Bielli for this incredible result. Now I can only think about the sponsors. It is a fantastic achievement."

Firhat Yuri Bin dato Mokhzani, Team Director: "It was a perfect day for the team today. Let's prepare for next event in December in Dubai."

Raad S. Abduljawad, Team Chairman: " A great result today for My Qi-Meritus.Mahara, the first Arab-Asian team to compete at this high level. I would have very much liked to be present at the race myself and share this good performance with everyone. I can only congratulate them for this excellent result. I have always been confident that we can be more competitive this year and hope that we will score more podiums at the next event in Dubai on our home ground."

Trident Racing - Chris Van der Drift (4th) Giacomo Ricci (DNF)

Trident Racing scored a second straight points finish in today's GP2 Asia Race 2 at Shanghai, scoring 4th place with Chris Van der Drift. The New Zealander proved his potential top-status again by staying among the leaders all-day long. Van der Drift also took 7th place in standings, at his first experience in a major open-wheel race. On the other hand, Giacomo Ricci experienced another bad break by ending his day early due to a contact with Carlos Iaconelli. Trident Racing will now be focusing on the next race, scheduled to take place at Dubai on the first weekend of December.

Chris Van der Drift: "I started in second place, but ended up in 4th: that might sound like a bad race, but I'm really pleased for how we ended up today indeed, mainly because of the rebound since the bad start in Qualifying. At the beginning, I tried to keep third place, but I really couldn't do much against Villa, who was really strong today. I'm glad of how I kept Jerome D'Ambrosio behind, avoiding any kind of mistake and taking a valuable point finish for myself and the team. The car also showed an impressive progress since Race 1, though I reckon our rivals should have improved as well."

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