Ocean Racing Technology drivers Oliver Turvey and Andrea Caldarelli are both looking forward to racing at Imola this weekend, as the 2011 GP2 Asia Series visits the Italian circuit for its final round.
The unstable political situation in Bahrain led to the cancellation of rounds two and three of the season, which were due to be held in the gulf state in February and March. Series organisers were forced to search for an alternative venue in Europe, with the former venue of the San Marino Grand Prix stepping in to fill the void.
British ace Turvey is looking forward to racing at the circuit for the first time.
“I can’t wait to drive at Imola,” declared Turvey. “I have never been there, but it sounds to me like a great circuit. I think that we will be able to make better use of the data we brought back from Abu Dhabi and that we can aim for a good result.”
For Italian rookie Caldarelli, the unexpected chance to race at home in the Asia Series is one he is looking to take advantage of.
“I am very happy that the GP2 Asia Series and Ocean Racing Technology are racing at Imola,” said Calarelli. “After the races at Abu Dhabi, this will be my second GP2 experience and I am totally concentrated on our objectives. I am eager to do a good job for and with the team. I think that we have the tools to make it a good weekend.”
For the team, racing at Imola will allow them to learn more about the new GP2 Series car ahead of the main season which starts in May.
“After the Bahrain races were cancelled, we did not get a chance to drive, and the Imola meeting is excellent news because it will enable us to continue the development begun this winter,” said team general manager Jose Guedes. “It is a fast track and the data collected here will be very important.”