Race Reports

Spain 30/09/2007

Valencia Race 2

Super Nova completed the 2007 GP2 Season here in Valencia, with a solid drive from both Luca Filippi & Mike Conway. Luca stormed from 18th on the grid to finish 6th collecting one last point for the team. Mike gained two positions throughout the midday 29 lap race to cross the chequered flag with a top ten finish in 9th.

A clear space ahead of Mike was left on the grid when Mikhail Aleshin (ART) stalled, nevertheless Mike didn’t get the start he wanted, losing several positions. He did however successfully make two advances & ran behind Kasuki Nakajima, who in turn, was putting pressure on Super Nova’s Luca Filippi. The undeterred Italian kept his line, and the DAMS car at bay to drive to his sixth place finish
Isport Internationals’ Timo Glock stole the show today taking lead from Javier Villa, for the final win of the season & cementing his Championship win, ahead of today’s podium; Villa in second for Racing Engineering and Andy Soucek in third for David Price Racing.

Team Principal David Sears “Luca made a good job today, gaining a lot of places. Mike also drove competently. Unfortunately for us it was not enough to keep hold of third place in the Teams Championships. ISport took first place, followed ART and Campos, who just piped us for third place. It’s been a close and eventful season!”

Luca Filippi “Starting from P18 today to get P6 was the best I could get. We had a very good start followed by turns one & two, & I found a good line to pass people. Then on lap 2 I made a very aggressive & successful move on Nakajima, but was not able to then catch Giorgio Pantano in front.  For us the season has been very good. Of course we were always competitive, and were able to fight for podium in each weekend. We had special moments in Bahrain, and several podium finishes, which were great! There were some bad ones too, but this is just racing, anything goes! The team atmosphere has always been great, and the boys work really hard on their pit stop practices, which were always strong. In general I feel happy!”

Mike Conway “I didn’t realise how tough this series was going to be, and unfortunately didn’t get as many points as I’d have liked. A lot has been learned though, new circuits too, and it will be valuable for next year if I do GP2 again.
We had some good results at Silverstone & Spa, which is promising. All in all it’s been a character-building season! It’s a shame to lose out on third in the championship at the last moment, because the whole team have worked incredible hard all year.”