Super Nova Racing hold high GP2 hopes over Barcelona

Griston's Super Nova Racing are hoping for a competitive effort in the second round of this season's GP2 Main Series in Barcelona.

There were promising signs in the campaign opener at Istanbul and team principal David Sears was in confident mood ahead of their trip to Spain.

'Judging by our testing form in Barcelona a few weeks ago I believe that our drivers, Luca Filippi and Fairuz Fauzy, should both be competitive at this weekend's race,' said Sears.

'Luca was in the top three fastest drivers in the last race in Turkey until he was taken out by some idiotic driving from Johnny Cecotto but at least he was able to show winning potential.

'Fairuz is now up to speed having got his first points in Istanbul. He will come to Spain on a high, having been extremely fast in testing for Lotus Renault in Valencia last week.'

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Sadly, the Super Nova duo will have to do it the hard way for Saturday's feature race, having qualified 10th and 21st respectively on Friday.

Hingham's Team Air Asia will also aim to build on the positives from Turkey, as they get used to the competitive edge of Formula One's feeder series with Team Lotus reserve drivers Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia.

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Valsecchi had a decent time of it on Friday, qualifying fifth – although that was down on being second quickest in practice. Razia qualified 13th.

Team manager Phill Spencer said: 'We go into this round in an optimistic mood. We learnt a great deal from the last race in Turkey and although we came away a bit disappointed we have put that behind us and moved on and will make sure we do not make the same mistakes again.

'It's nice to be back at a familiar circuit – both drivers were fast here in testing so there is no reason why we cannot continue that form this weekend.

'Luiz and Davide know the cars were quick so they are both looking forward to this round, and long may the nice weather continue.'

Carleton Rode's Isport were the best performers of the Norfolk teams in Istanbul and are on track to repeat the trick this weekend, with Sam Bird qualifying second behind pole-sitter Giedo van der Garde.

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson qualified seventh, while Attleborough racer Rodolfo Gonzalez starts from 18th on the grid in his Trident.

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