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The Andalusian team is placed as runner-up in the team standings while its two drivers shorten distances to the top positions.
The driver Norman Nato has achieved a brilliant victory at the Italian circuit of Monza. The french pilot dominated the race from start to finish, but his teammate Jordan King had to settle for a hard-fought fourth place. Since the Hungary Grand Prix in July none of the Racing Engineering drivers had returned to the podium until now.
“A good start from both drivers today. It was a bit close during the first corners, but it was OK to finish lap 1 in first and second. Norman was quickly up to pace and from there on dominated the race. We need to look into what happened with the other car as for some reason Jordan was not able to follow his teammate’s pace without stressing his tyres too much. He ultimately got passed by both Prema cars and a Rapax car cutting the corner, something we hope will still be investigated. First and fourth is still a good result for the team even though after the opening lap we expected a bit more, but we are back in the fight for the championships.” – said Sebastien Viger (Technical Director of the team) after the race.
The Italy Grand Prix is the third race from the end of this season. After a break of four weeks, the pilots will fight for the championship at the Malaysia GP and, a month later, they’ll finish GP2 Series 2016 at the Yas Marina circuit.
Racing Engineering currently rank second place in the team standings, while Jordan King and Norman Nato are in fifth and sixth place respectively. But these two races can change completely all the results!
From Badtoro we will look at the next steps towards the victory of Racing Engineering and their drivers. Go Racing!
Photo: ©Racing Engineering
Jordan King won in the Red Bull Ring circuit despite the difficult weather conditions.
The driver of the Racing Engineering team has achieved his first victory in GP2 last race after a rainy race in which he was unstoppable.
The long race of the Austria GP began with Jordan King and his partner Norman Nato in the eighth and seventh position respectively. Departing from the first two reverse grid places, both cars had to follow the Safety Car from the start as it allowed them to recognize the state of the track.
Throughout the race, Jordan was rolling too fast, getting several fast laps especially at the end of the race. In the last section he gave a perfect lap without making any mistakes, which gave him the victory. While Norman found himself overtaken by other drivers during the course of the race to occupy the twelfth place. However, it took the fastest lap of the race.
“Coming into the race there was a lot to learn and work out on the first few laps as we haven’t had much running in the wet before. So the first few laps were about finding my feet and after a few laps I increased my pace and created a gap. I then managed the gap and saved my tyres which meant I had tyres left to push when needed after the Safety Car. It feels good to get my first GP2 win and the team did a great job in giving me a car that allowed me to do so” – said Jordan King after the podium.
From Badtoro, we want to congratulate the whole team and we encourage Jordan King and Norman Nato to continue with such good results!
Photo: ©Racing Engineering
The end of the 2015 GP2 season has been bitter-sweet when the final race was interrupted due to a big accident involving several cars, and nobody rated. However, both Racing Engineering as a team and Alexander Rossi as a driver have won the runner-up position this year.
The last round of the 2015 GP2 Series took place at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Both drivers of the Spanish team scored the fastest times in the free practice. But with the nightfall under the floodlights in the circuit, the qualifying session ended with results below expectations. Alexander and Jordan finished in seventh and eighth place respectively.
Starting from the fourth row of the grid on the next day, Racing Engineering drivers were based on different tyre strategies. The compound Pirelli ‘supersoft’ worked fine for Rossi, who finished the race in a well-deserved fourth place. He scored enough to secure the championship. For his part, King crossed the finish line in sixth position after changing his tires.
Sunday was the final day of the championship, full of emotions for the whole team. Although both drivers did a good start keeping third and fourth positions, a big accident involving several cars forced the race to be red flagged to repair the track barriers. Unfortunately, the damage was so bad and there was no time to repair the barriers before the F1 Grand Prix, so the GP2 Sprint Race was cancelled, putting an end to the last race and the championship.
Jordan King: “It’s been a massive anti-climax, you build yourself up, put in a lot of energy and especially for the last race of the year you want to go out with a good result and so it was quite surreal to just get out of the car and that’s it. It’s annoying as I would have liked a trophy to finish the season and some more points would have jumped me up a few places but from a team point of view we were second in the championship so all in all it’s not so bad”.
Alexander Rossi: “It has been a fantastic season and we should be very proud of what we’ve accomplished and being second on the drivers and team championships I think is an amazing result. We’ve had some disappointments but we’ve always come back from them and we took three race wins which is a great thing.”
This week all the teams will be back in action in Abu Dhabi for the annual post-season test. The drivers to run in the Racing Engineering cars are: Luca Ghiotto (Italy), Jordan King (UK), Norman Nato (France) and Sergey Sirotkin (Russia).
We, at Badtoro, congratulate all the Racing Engineering team for all their hard work this season, with which they have won this deserved second place. Congratulations!
Photo: ©Racing Engineering
Unfortunate weekend for the Racing Engineering team at the Sakhir International Circuit. The driver Jordan King was the only one who scored, and Alexander Rossi ended with no points. However, he still maintaining his second place in the drivers standings.
The bad results came from the qualifying session, in which Jordan finished fifth and Alexander ninth because the American had quite a big flat on his first set of tyres, forcing him to fit a new set and make some set up changes.
Luck was not on the side of the Spanish team the next day. Rossi reached the seventh position after lap 5, until his tyres started to degrade again, so he did a pit stop on lap 17. On the track again, the pilot rolled faster, improving his best time. He took fourth place on lap 22. Unfortunately a little contact with Mitch Evans (Russian Time) returned him to boxes to repair his front wing, and finally he finished the race in the 18th position. Meanwhile, King was relegated to the 16th place after his first pit stop, but gradually he gained positions until crossing the chequered flag the 9th.
Finally, the third day in Bahrain would be crucial to improve the outcome of the weekend. However, a contact in the first curve and the Safety Car on track caused both drivers to be left behind from the start. Alexander rolled again with his broken front wing and his worn tyres. After being passed by Jordan, Rossi still lost a few positions and he finished the race the ninth, just outside the points. Fortunately, Jordan advanced some positions in the last five laps, crossing the finish line in a hard-fought sixth place.
Alan Queille, Team Engineer of Racing Engineering, said: “It’s positive we are still second in both championships even though the weekend didn’t go as expected. Now we concentrate on the closing round in Abu Dhabi and on securing the positions in the championship.”
Just two races left to the end of the 2015 GP2 Series, the Racing Engineering team persists at the top of the classification, both of drivers and teams. Therefore, this weekend in Bahrain is crucial to finish the season with great results.
Although the difference in points over the first classified is important – Racing Engineering remains in second place with 215.5 points in the team standings, and Alexander Rossi remains second in the overall driver standings with 169.5 points, 108 points behind first-placed Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix) – the main goal is to secure second place in both classifications.
From Racing Engineering, the whole team is working hard to prepare the last two races of the championship, which will take place at the Sakhir circuit (Bahrain) and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi). The Spanish team is tackling with enthusiasm and determination the final stage of this season. As an added value, the next-to-last race will take place on the same circuit that started the championship (Sakhir), so the drivers have prior experience and knowledge about their strengths and weaknesses.
On the other hand, one of the stars of the day will be Alexander Rossi, who returns to GP2 after having been racing in the Formula 1 United States, Mexican and Brazilian Grand Prix. That’s how he explains his impressions on the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain:
From Badtoro we hope Alexander Rossi, Jordan King and the whole Racing Engineering team will achieve a well-deserved victory this weekend. Go Racing!
Amazing weekend for Racing Engineering. Alexander Rossi and Jordan King finished first and second at Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. This is the first victory of the season for Rossi and the first GP2 podium for King.
On Friday, the Racing Engineering team got some good times in the qualifying session, and both drivers were looking to finish on the podium, despite they had done better results in free practice. So, Jordan started from the fourth position and Rossi from the eighth one on the grid. On Saturday, the race was interrupted with a red flag due to a contact between Rowland and Matsushita. Alexander was setting almost a second a lap faster than other car on the track. However, after his pit stop and his light contact with Evans, the American driver finished sixth. Meanwhile, Jordan managed to finish in eighth place, which allowed him to start first on the Sprint Race on the reversed grid, while Alexander started from the second row in third position.
Finally, the two cars of the Spanish team made a good start on Sunday with Jordan in first position and Alexander after him. Jordan made a small mistake on the first lap, so his teammate was able to move into first. However, they managed to keep these magnificent positions throughout the race.
With this result, Alexander moves back to second place in the Drivers’ Championship and Racing Engineering are also now second in the Team Championship.
After a break of one month, the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg (Austria) has been the reason to return the GP2 drivers to their cars (or monkey squares according to Judith).
Both Alexander Rossi as Jordan King got rate this weekend, however, the results have not been as good as expected from Racing Engineering and none of them got on the podium.
After 45 minutes of free practice, the qualifying session ended with good positions, despite they were forced to pit several times. Rossi started setting some fast laps that allowed him to rise to fourth place, while Jordan obtained the eleventh place. In the afternoon, Rossi got the fifth place followed by Jordan. After a pit stop for both, Jordan was third, but then the other drivers ran much faster, and he fell to eighth position. Unfortunately he carries over the three position grid penalty from Monaco so, finally, he got the eleventh place. Meanwhile, Rossi improved his own time but still lagged to twelfth place.
The next day the rain had disappeared, although it was still cool and cloudy for the race. Alexander made a good start making up several place. There was debris on the track which caused the Virtual Safety Car to be deployed, but he kept the sixth place. After he took his mandatory pit stop on lap 8, the young American returned to the track with the fastest lap of the race and fight for the lead with Vandoorne, Sirotkin and Matsushita. At six laps to go Alexander was third, but unfortunately Matsushita had the advantage of DRS, Lynn on Supersoft tyres, and his own brake problem caused he had just sixth position. His teammate, however, crossed the finish line in twelfth place after he lost several positions with his pit stop, despite he was ranked ahead of Gasly until the end of the race.
On Sunday, Rossi started from third on the grid and King from twelfth. Unfortunately for Alexander, Yelloly was slow away in the first corner and there was a contact between the two cars. The Racing Engineering driver moved to the outside and he dropping back to the thirteenth place. He was up to 9th, but finally he got the eighth due to the disqualification of Markelov. Moreover, Jordan was one place ahead of his teammate, and he achieved good times (only 0.3 seconds behind of Gasly, who ultimately failed to overcome him).
Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, President of Racing Engineering, said: “Overall it was not the weekend we were hoping for, but we will work hard to be back on the podium in Silverstone.”