Adam Carroll wins GP2 race Petrol Ofisi FMS International today celebrated its second victory of the season as Adam Carroll scored a stunning race win at the Hungaroring near Budapest. The 24-year-old put in a stellar drive, benefiting from a clever pitstop strategy from the team who called him during a safety car period. He then battled hard for the remaining 24 laps against a storming Kazuki Nakajima and Andreas Zuber, who eventually filled the remaining podium spots.
Starting from sixth on the grid, Adam retained his position over the opening lap. He passed Pastor Maldonado on lap six, and was up to fourth when Timo Glock endured a lengthy pitstop due to a sticking right rear wheel. With the three cars ahead then pitting, Adam found himself in the lead and continued to push hard. On lap 12, the safety car was deployed and FMS called Adam in for his compulsory pitstop. It turned out to be a perfect strategy with Adam emerging in the lead. Over the remaining 24 laps, he pushed hard to defend Nakajima and crossed the line after the 41-lap race just seven tenths of a second ahead of his Japanese rival.
Adam's team-mate Jason Tahinci had a much less fortunate race, despite performing well. He began from 23rd position and made a very good start, moving up to 19th on the first lap. He ran as high as ninth during the pitstops and emerged in 16th once he had completed his own mandatory stop. By lap 20 he was in a strong 14th position, but two laps later he was forced to pull off the track with a broken alternator.
Adam Carroll: "Today has been absolutely brilliant. I was sixth at the start but I couldn't do much because the balance wasn't quite there on the first set of tires and I was struggling a bit. I just knew I had to stay consistent and make no mistakes. Then the team called the pitstop which was right on the money. The boys changed four tires in six seconds which was a fantastic job and after that the balance was better. It was quite painful to see how many laps I had left but I just pushed as hard as I could for the rest of the race - I couldn't push anymore - and I didn't make any mistakes. It was close with Nakajima a few times, but I just kept a consistent pace and brought it home. We've won two races now, and we are working very hard. We need to find consistency to run at the front for the rest of the year."
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "That was the kind of race that is very hard to win. We won it really in quite a hard way because I don't think we had the best car in the field. However, the mechanics were brilliant, the strategy was perfect and Adam drove perfectly, with no mistakes. That's how we put it together. I am very, very happy."
Pos Driver Gap Laps 1 A. Carroll + 41 2 K. Nakajima +0.714 41 3 A. Zuber +1.156 41 4 L. Di Grassi +12.204 41 5 B. Garcia +13.072 41 6 R. Rodriguez +17.513 41 7 A. Zaugg +31.138 41 8 J. Villa +31.455 41 9 H. Tung +31.994 41 10 T. Glock +32.399 41 11 K. Hirate +32.826 41 12 A. Soucek +38.226 41 13 B. Senna +38.936 41 14 K. Chandhok+49.538 41 15 S. Buemi + 37 16 G. Pantano + 34 17 C. Bakkerud + 28 18 J. Tahinci + 22 19 V. Petrov + 12 20 A. Negrão + 12 21 L. Filippi + 12 22 N. Markus + 11 23 P. Maldonado + 8 24 N. Lapierre + 8 25 M. Conway + 0
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