Double Points On GP2 Debut At Silverstone For Sorensen‏

Danish racing driver Marco Sorensen delivered an exceptional performance on his GP2 Series debut with MP Motorsport at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 5th/6th July, with ninth place in race one followed by an even better top eight in the second encounter.Impressively chalking-up a double points finish on his maiden appearance in the chief support class to the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Lotus F1 Team reserve driver was rapid from the outset and laid down an impressive marker with the Dutch squad.Team-mate Daniël De Jong posted a top 15 finish in race two, round 10, after an excellent drive where he spent the second half of the race glued to the rear wing of Jon Lancaster’s car. In round nine on Saturday, the Dutchman had to settle for 19th place.“We’ve been super impressed by Marco this weekend, he’s done an incredible job”, commented team principal Sander Dorsman, “We only completed the deal a few days before Silverstone and he obviously had no testing. His performance in qualifying was really great and to score points in both races was really impressive – who knows what might have happened if he’d had the race two pole!“Race one went wrong at the start for Daniël when he was hit from behind, but he was strong in race two and gave a very good performance. His pace was definitely good enough for more than 15th place but he got stuck behind [Jon] Lancaster and any clear chances to overtake him didn’t come.”Sensational in qualifying, Sorensen posted the seventh fastest time of 1m40.658 seconds (210.689 km/h) to secure a slot on the fourth row of the grid for his GP2 bow – a mere 0.2 seconds shy of pole position and with an identical lap time to sixth placed qualifier Felipe Nasr.Round nine on Saturday afternoon began with a track damp in places following earlier rain but Sorensen lined-up on the dry part of the grid and was able to make a good getaway. Challenging for the top six at Brooklands, the Dane had to tuck back into seventh before being edged back to eighth before the end of the first lap.Falling victim to an attack from Julian Leal soon after, Sorensen slipped to ninth where he remained until making his mandatory tyre-change stop at the end of lap seven. Rejoining in 19th position, when the race order settled after all stops had been completed the MP Motorsport newcomer was ninth and stayed there to the finish – just 0.2 seconds shy of eighth and ‘reverse grid’ pole for race two.For team-mate De Jong, the opening race went awry on lap one when he fell back from 18th at the start to 25th position after his car was hit from behind. With an immense amount of work to do, De Jong ran a strategy where he went deep into the race before making his pit-stop. Staying out until the end of lap 22, at that point he was third but rejoined in 20th place before ending the race in 19th.For Sunday morning’s ‘Sprint Race’, Sorensen lined up ninth on the grid and stayed there until the end of lap seven when he was able to move into eighth position. Catching Mitch Evans during the latter stages, the Dane was just over two seconds shy at the chequered flag on lap 21.De Jong made good progress early on from 19th on the grid and at mid-distance he was up into 17th place and tight to the tail of Jon Lancaster. Both drivers gained positions on lap 19 following a tangle between rivals, moving them into 14th and 15th respectively, and for the remainder of the contest the duo were inseparable with De Jong just 0.5 seconds adrift at the finish.Hockenheim in Germany will host rounds 11 and 12 of the GP2 Series campaign a fortnight from now on 19th/20th July. Next weekend, 12th/13th July, the Manor MP Motorsport Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 squad will be back in action at the Nurburgring for rounds seven and eight.