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Sep 21

Tech 1 Racing: a marked improvement in 2011

GP3 SeriesThe 2011 GP3 Series Championship finished in Italy on the very fast Monza circuit. Simon and Sarah Abadie’s team did not score any points, but its performance confirmed that the team has made a marked improvement this season. The Toulouse-based team finished the championship in sixth place with 1 victory and 46 points.

Monza is a very particular circuit on which a driver must feel totally confident to get the best out of his car. In the free sessions, Aaro Vainio and Tamas Pal Kiss showed a promising turn of speed, which aroused high hopes in the Tech 1 Racing camp.

In qualifying, a crucial part of the GP3 Series weekend, Pal Kiss led the Tech 1 Racing charge by setting the ninth-quickest time. “If we line up Tamas’s split times we’d have had the theoretical pole,” explained Simon Abadie.

“Unfortunately he got caught up in traffic and was either held up or had to lift off to preserve his tyres. It’s a pity as he had the speed to set a good time.” Aarno Vainio was sixteenth and Thomas Hylkema twenty-seventh.

Pal Kiss had a disappointing first race. He was in eighth place when his car suffered a technical glitch and he had to retire. His team-mates were involved in the mid-field battle and only Hylkema saw the flag in fourteenth place.

The second race went off better for the Tech 1 Racing drivers. Vainio got as high as eighth and Pal Kiss also moved up several places. He finished the last race of the year in twelfth place while Hylkema retired early on.

“We’re disappointed by this weekend as our overall performance was good,” summed up Simon Abadie. “Unfortunately, we ran out of luck and had technical problems. So we left Monza empty handed while we had what it took to score good results.”

Overall though, the season has been a satisfactory one for the Toulouse-based team. “We’re obviously very pleased to have scored our first victory in GP3 this year. We’ve made a marked improvement and we’ve closed the gap to the best. Thanks to our hard work we’ve shown our potential this season.

“Andrea Caldarelli finished tenth in the championship even though he raced in only two meetings. If he’d stayed with us for the whole season he’d have been in contention for the drivers’ title. Tamas Pal Kiss gave us our first victory in the GP3 Series. Aarno Vainio showed promise in qualifying. Finally, Thomas Hylkema didn’t have an easy job as he arrived mid-season, but he made constant progress.

“We’ve gained experience this year and we really had the speed. We’re going to put a team in place to win in 2012. We’ll be battling for the title next season!”

Results :

Qualifiyng Session :

1- A. Quaife-Hobbs (Manor), 1’43’’788

9- T. Pal Kiss, +0’’468

16- A. Vainio, +0’’796

27- T. Hylkema, +1’’575

Race 1 :

1- V. Bottas (ART)

14- T. Pal Kiss, +17’’131

22- A. Vainio

NC- T. Hylkema

Race 2 :

1- A. Felix da Costa (Status)

8- A. Vainio, +7’’599

12- T. Pal Kiss, +11’’320

NC. T. Hylkema

Classifications :

Drivers

1- V. Bottas, 62 pts

10- A. Caldarelli, 20 pts

15- A. Vainio, 12 pts

16- T. Pal Kiss, 11 pts

Teams

1- ART, 124 pts

2- MW Arden, 69 pts

6- TECH 1, 43 pts

source: TECH 1

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