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pic 15/05/16 Jordan King finishes third today for Racing Engineering at Barcelona.

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The GP2 teams were faced with cooler conditions for today’s 26 lap Sprint Race with air and track temperatures of 18° and 24° respectively. Following his superb win in yesterday’s Feature Race Norman Nato would start from 8th on the reversed grid while Jordan King, who finished 7th, would start from the front row in second position. All of the cars would race on the prime Pirelli P Zero Orange hard compound tyres.

As the race started Jordan made a good start and was challenging pole sitter Marciello into the first corner but he had to back off a little to avoid contact with the Russian Time car and Lynn took advantage to pass the Racing Engineering driver. At the end of the opening lap Jordan was 3rd and he was fighting Lynn but all the drivers were being careful not to overuse their tyres. The young English driver was now fighting Marciello who had dropped to 2nd and on lap five he used his DRS to pass the Russian Time car at the end of the pit straight but on lap six Gasly was able to use his DRS to pass the Racing Engineering car.

By lap eight Jordan was two seconds behind Gasly and an equal gap ahead of Marciello and over the next five laps the gap to Gasly remained constant. Jordan began to fall away a little as the race entered the final ten laps and on lap 18 the gap had opened to 4.6 seconds. With four laps to go an accident caused the Safety Car to be deployed and there was not enough time left for racing to resume so Jordan crossed the finish line in 3rd position.

Norman made a slow start from the fourth row of the grid dropping down the field to 20th place, he quickly moved up to 19th and he was soon closing in on de Jong. On lap nine he passed the Dutchman and he was now chasing Ghiotto, the Racing Engineering car gradually closed the gap and on lap fifteen the gap was just 1.3 seconds. With seven laps remaining Norman was just 0.3 seconds behind Kirchhofer, who had been passed by Ghiotto, but the Safety Car period meant the young Frenchman could not gain any more positions.

A very good opening weekend in the 2016 GP2 Series for the Racing Engineering team with Norman winning the Feature Race and Jordan taking 3rd in the Sprint Race. The Spanish team will now be preparing for the second round of the 2016 GP2 series at Monaco in two weeks’ time.
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Team Comments:

Sebastien Viger, Team Engineer: “It was a great result today, a strong race from Jordan from P3 and a podium so a good start to the season for the team. A pity for Norman, he missed the start and then he had to fight from the back and it is never easy to overtake without destroying the tyres. So the Championship will be very close between every team and every driver so let’s carry on this good moment.”

Norman Nato: “It’s been a pretty positive weekend despite my mistake today so we will have a look to make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future but I’m very happy with all the work we’ve done. The next race is Monaco and I like the track so we’ll do our best and with the best preparation we will try to get a win in Monaco.”

Jordan King:: “My start was quite good considering we were on the wet side of the grid. I almost managed to get Marciello but the speed wasn’t quite there to keep up with Lynn and Gasly. When I got past Marciello on lap three I pulled out a big gap on those behind so we were clearly the third fastest today lacking just that last little bit to stay with the leading pair. All in all it has been a good weekend with good points so it’s a positive moving on into the season.”
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