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Haryanto Wants Return To Form In Valencia

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Rio Haryanto - Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service

Rio Haryanto – Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service

GP2 Series racer Rio Haryanto is looking for a return to form as the series takes to the Valencia Street Circuit this weekend.

The 19-year-old Indonesian ace impressed early in his rookie season after making the step up from GP3. He claimed a top ten finish in each of the first two weekends, and then finished sixth in both of the races at the standalone Bahrain round.

However, he has struggled since then, finishing outside of the top ten in the races in Barcelona and Monaco.

The Carlin driver is unsurprisingly hoping to return to the points-paying positions this weekend.

“I'm looking forward to Valencia this weekend, after a strong start to the season unfortunately I haven't scored points in the last two events, so I'm hoping to pick up some more this weekend,” said Haryanto.

Haryanto has raced on the Valencia circuit for the past two years in GP3. While he had a couple of bad races last year, in 2010 he twice finished inside the top six.

“I've been in the simulator preparing for the race and I know the track well from having driven it last year in GP3,” he explained.

“It's a mixed track with slow corners in the first two sectors and high speed corners in the final sector. But it's a track I like so I can't wait to get back in the car.”

Haryanto lies 15th in the GP2 standings, while his more experienced teammate Max Chilton is fourth in the drivers' standings after scoring the team's best ever GP2 result of second in Monaco. He'll be looking to go one better in Valencia.

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