GP2 Trident in Budapest, Race 2

#20 Mike Conway, 11th place#21 Ho Pin Tung,  14th placeAfter the positive result scored on Race 1, Trident Racing experienced a pretty disappointing Sunday, with a rough GP2 Main Series Race 2 at the Hungaroring.

Mike Conway had a good start, retaining third spot and preparing an assault to a possible podium finish, but saw his chances evaporate when Lucas Di Grassi outbraked himself on lap 3 and hit him from behind. The Brit rejoined the pack in 15th, and climbed four more spots back: while a drive-through penalty was assessed to Di Grassi, nothing could repay Conway for the missed opportunity. Ho Pin Tung had a regular race, recovering from the 21st starting spot all the way up to 14th place. The teams and the drivers of the GP2 Main Series will be back on-track on August 24 after a 3-week break. The eight round of the 2008 season is set to be held on the brand-new Valencia Street Circuit.Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Managing Director“Mike`s run was heavily conditioned by Di Grassi, who hit him from behind on Lap 3 and basically ended his bid for podium. As a result, he found himself demoted to 15th, and the drive-through assessed to Di Grassi really didn`t make up with the probable points finish lost. Ho Pin Tung had a positive day, recovering from 21st to 14th. He was quite impressive, especially in the first half of the race, completing several successful passes, while he lost momentum in the second part and ended up without further improvements. In the end, our weekend was marred by two episodes, with Ho Pin involved on Race 1 and Mike on Race 2, that axed what would have been a nice trim to our gaps in standings. Nevertheless, we had a positive feedback in terms of pure performance, but we hope such episodes will be sanctioned in a more firm way from now on, since we had two different ways to apply rules at Budapest”.Ho Pin Tung“Unfortunately I wasn`t strong as usual at the start. I stalled my engine after having been forced to brake by a similar problem occurred to the car I had in front. I kept a good speed in the first half of the race, passing some cars and getting some positions back. Then I encountered some problems with tire wear, and I had to reduce my pace”.Mike Conway“I had a cool start, keeping third place without problems. When I came to turn one, on the third lap of the race, I saw Di Grassi really far away, and I never though he would have attempted a move there. Suddenly, I realized he did, I felt a bump in the back and my car started spinning. I rejoined after losing many positions, and with a damaged wing, but the pace wasn`t extremely fast. Today`s global performance was not at the level of Friday`s qualifying session”.