Armaan 15th in Formula 2 motor race

June 1st, 2009 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Valencia (Spain), June 1 (IANS) India’s Armaan Ebrahim of Team JK Racing finished a creditable 15th and 16th in the inaugural races of the Formula 2 motorsport series here at the weekend.
The 20-year old Chennai-based Armaan enjoyed a consistent and steady opening F2 weekend. Just 1.3 seconds off the pole-setting pace in qualifying, Armaan was unfortunate to find himself as low as 20th for both races - such is the competitive nature of F2. He made good progress in race trim, moving up five places in Saturday’s race and four Sunday.

Armaan, sponsored by JK Tyre, Amaron, Red Rooster Racing and Yuvraj Sports Foundation, missed most of the pre-season test sessions in England and then had to deal with a problematic car that led to him skipping the first official practice session and much of the second.

Although he showed good pace, Armaan qualified 20th on the grid, but made some positions in both the races.

If Armaan struggled for a grip in the first race, then he displayed good pace in the next outing. He made a strong start and gained five places in the opening laps.

However, he got involved in an intense battle with Swiss driver Henri Karjalainen and GP2 veteran Milos Pavlovic and the trio finished in that order.

In the process, Armaan showcased his pace that put him within the top five fastest laps and this performance should boost his confidence for the next round in Brno, Czech Republic later this month.

Armaan said: “Race 1 was a good finish, but the car was very difficult to drive as it was very nervous in the corners and I was struggling for grip.

“I was extremely rusty in my driving after not having raced for 11 months. But there is nothing that I can do about that till I get a bigger sponsorship budget as right now I am still short of the F2 race budget.

“With every passing lap, I could feel my confidence increasing. I was very happy with my Race 2 performance in terms of pace and handling of the car.

“My special thanks to my personal engineer, Chris Gorne who stood by me when the chips were down and finally gave me a very good set up for Race 2. Brendan, my official F2 Race engineer, was also very supportive.”

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