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Hilmer Motorsport Wants To Be On The GP2 Podium In Monza
Posted by: newsla on Sep 04, 2014 - 02:55 PM
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Hilmer Motorsport Wants To Be On The GP2 Podium In Monza


After the successful race weekend in Belgium the GP2 team of Hilmer Motorsport will be in Italy this weekend, the venue for the ninth round of GP2 Series. The 5.793 kilometer long highspeed circuit is located at the gates of the Italian metropolis Milan in the royal parc of Monza. The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is renowned for its fast corners like the Parabolica before the finish line and also for the old banking, last used in 1961 but still clearly visible. Monza is the quickest track on the calendar and the GP2 cars hit up to 330 km/h. It demands a lot of courage and focus from the drivers. The event in Italy is also the last appearance of GP2 Series on European soil and afterwards the racing circus will move on to the final rounds in Russia and Abu Dhabi.

 

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The team of Franz Hilmer won the sprint race in Monza last season and also this year a race win is the goal for the German squad. Hilmer Motorsport driver Daniel Abt is highly motivated after his Pole Position in Spa and he wants to score the first podium with the team. His team mate Jon Lancaster has not lost his fighting spirit after a disappointing weekend for him in Spa, where he had to retire the race on Sunday because of a technical problem and he wants to show his and the team’s real potential.

The GP2 cars will be out on track in Monza for the first time during Practice on Friday (05 September) at 12:00. The 30-minute Qualifying will take place later in the afternoon at 15:55. The Main Race on Saturday (06 September) will begin at 15:40 and the start of the Sprint Race on Sunday (07 September) will be at 10:35. All races will be shown live on Sky Sport.

Franz Hilmer, Team Principal:
“We were very happy about Daniel’s Pole Position in Spa but we did not rest on our laurels and we kept on working hard so that we are able to race in the front in Monza. After the qualifying in Spa we made a small change which made the car quicker. With this change we are confident that we will have a good pace in Monza already from the beginning of the weekend. It is one year from now since our last win in GP2 and we are convinced that the barren run will end in Monza. We made good progress in the last races and we proved that Hilmer Motorsport belongs to the top teams and that Daniel can keep pace with the top drivers. Following personnel changes in the team I am sure that from now on Jon can also show that he is a contender for the podium.”

Daniel Abt, Driver #11:
“Monza is a very traditional track which has got a lot of charm and which is a lot of fun to drive. The last four race weekends have been quite positive for us and I hope that we will continue this upward trend and that we will score the long-awaited podium position soon.”

Jon Lancaster, Driver #12:
“After the very disappointing weekend of Spa, I know we will bounce back as a team in Monza. Having driven there last year I am confident in making a good start to the weekend with my new engineer. A fresh look on things I hope will do the trick in qualifying to put us back where we belong, at the front! Monza is one of the classic circuits where we hit up to 330 km/h, things don’t get much better and I am looking forward to racing there!”

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