Karun, Armaan out of points in GP2 Asia

March 23rd, 2008 - 1:55 pm ICT by admin  

By Anand Philar
Kuala Lumpur, March 23 (IANS) India’s Karun Chandhok and Armaan Ebrahim finished seventh and 19th respectively in the sprint race of the GP2 Asia Championship at the Sepang circuit here Sunday. Starting 15th on the grid, Karun, a 24-year-old from Chennai, made places but got stuck behind a slower car and had to be content with the seventh position that put him out of points.

Armaan, 18, also from Chennai, began the race from 14th spot. He had a poor start as the car in front of him on the grid stalled and he swiftly lost places. Armaan did move up to 16th before facing problems with the car that slowed him down.

“I had to literally muscle the car through the corners and it cost me precious time,” said a disappointed Armaan.

“I know for sure I have the pace, especially in the wet. I finished ninth at Sentul in heavy rain and was among points yesterday (Saturday) in a wet race before the collision with Karun. I feel that if I can put in more miles in the car, I will be able to deliver better results,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karun enjoyed a better start and swiftly moved to eighth and then seventh, but could not find a way past Fairuz Fauzi and trailed the Malaysian home.

“The weekend was a disaster, especially considering that we had the pace, put in fastest laps, and yet came away without a point for the second weekend in a row,” Karun summed up his performance here.

Kamui Kobayashi (DAMS) won the race, leading from start to finish. Romain Grosjean (ART GP) was second after a brilliant drive. Feature race winner Vitaly Petrov (Barwa International) came at the third spot.

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