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Hilmer Motorsport two times in the Top 5 of GP2 Series with Daniel Abt
Posted by: newsla on Jul 31, 2014 - 02:56 PM
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Hilmer Motorsport two times in the Top 5 of GP2 Series with Daniel Abt in Budapest


At the seventh round of the GP2 Series in Budapest Hilmer Motorsport finished both races in the Top 5. In the first race on Saturday and also in the second race on Sunday Daniel Abt ended up in fifth position and scored valuable points for the team of Franz Hilmer. With the outcome of 16 points the squad from Niederwinkling continues to climb up in the Team Championship.

 

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Daniel Abt started from 14th position into the race on Saturday and moved up to 11th place right in the beginning. The German used an early safety car period to come to the pits and to change the tyres. It turned out to be the right strategy after all drivers did their pit stops and Abt was suddenly in fourth position. After another safety car period after an accident of two cars, the field moved together again and Abt was in front of the Championship leaders Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr, who passed him after the re-start. At the end of the race, Abt crossed the finishing line in sixth place. But Stefano Coletti, who finished the race in front of Abt, was penalized by the race stewards and as a consequence, Abt moved up in fifth position. According to the regulations, the cars finishing in the Top 8 in the race on Saturday have to start in reverse order on Sunday and so, Abt started from fourth place into the sprint race. Abt got off to a good start and was almost in third place. But it was Palmer again, who could overtake the young German driver. Until the end of the race Abt was stuck in traffic and he couldn’t gain more positions because overtaking in Budapest is very difficult. So Abt finished the race in fifth place.

Jon Lancaster wasn‘t able to score further points for the team after his outstanding fifth position in Hockenheim. The Briton only qualified in 23rd position for the main race on Saturday. Lancaster made a mistake on his last and quickest lap and lost a lot of time. As a consequence, the starting situation for both races was very difficult for him and on a race track like the Hungaroring, on which overtaking is very tricky, it is almost impossible to finish in the points. Nevertheless, Lancaster has shown a great fighting spirit and managed to move up to 19th and 16th position respectively.

Franz Hilmer, Team Principal:
“We are very happy about the two fifth places that Daniel scored for Hilmer Motorsport in Budapest. It is a great success and a big relief for us after we had a lot of bad luck in the first half of the season and after we had been involved in collisions which were not our faults but which destroyed our race weekends already in the beginning. That’s why it is even better that we were able to show in Budapest that we belong in the Top 5. After Daniel’s fifth place on Saturday he was allowed to start from the second row in the second race because of the reverse grid of the Top 8. At the start he nearly was in third place after the start. But the Championship leaders Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr overtook Daniel. Jon lost a lot of time in qualifying because he made a mistake on his fastest lap. So he had to start from the back of the grid and wasn’t able to finish in the points. However, Jon helped the team incredibly much and his input and information have been very important for us so that we were able to develop the car in the right direction and make a big step forward. If Jon would have started further up he could have finished in the points easily, maybe even on the podium. We want to continue successfully in Spa and to be not less than in the Top 5 again. But before, we are going to use the small summer break to recover from the stress in the last weeks in order to attack again in Belgium.”

Daniel Abt, Driver #11:
“I am extremely happy about the two fifth positions. Finally a bit of luck was on our side and we could score valuable points. The 16 points from Budapest are very important for everyone in the team. Although we will continue to work hard in order to close the gap to the top and to fight in the front again in Spa.”

Jon Lancaster, Driver #12:
“I made a mistake in qualifying unfortunately and so I had to start from the back of the grid. Because of that my weekend was litterally already over. I was stuck in traffic and couldn’t have better results. I could have done better for sure. But as a team we made a big step forward and the car is finally there where it should be. I am looking forward to Spa and I hope that we will fight at the top again.”

Results GP2 Budapest

Practice
#11 Daniel Abt Position 21
#12 Jon Lancaster Position 24

Qualifying
#11 Daniel Abt Position 14
#12 Jon Lancaster Position 23

Feature Race
#11 Daniel Abt Position 5
#12 Jon Lancaster Position 19

Sprint Race
#11 Daniel Abt Position 5
#12 Jon Lancaster Position 16


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