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GP Week : Issue 33
> F1NEWS> Strong start For New Zealand’s GP2 rookies EARL Bamber and Chris Van Der Drift marked themselves out as men to watch out for in the GP2 Asia Series as the championship began its second season at Shanghai over the weekend. Bamber, one of two 18-year- olds in the championship, made a hugely impressive GP2 debut taking sixth in Race 1 and a brilliant second position in Race 2. Both points finishes followed on the back of lightning starts and were the ultimate results of the level-headed and determined racecraft of the New Zealander, who drives for the only sole GP2 Asia Series team, MY Qi Meritus Mahara. “I had a strong start and went to the outside in the first corner,” Bamber said following the second race. “It worked again like it did yesterday and I managed to position just behind [eventual race winner, Davide] Valesecchi so that I gained one position. By mid-race, I was fighting hard but being careful to maintain control. “Towards the end I was a bit tired, but it is a great start for the championship. The competition in GP2 Asia is harder than what I have experienced until now, but I’m pleased with the way I handled the pressure. The car is fantastic, but I am still on a learning curve. If the team gets to work a bit more on the car, we will have other good races. I had never dreamt of such an incredible result having ranked 23rd in our first practice session. This was a great result, and on my father’s birthday too!” Bamber’s countryman Van Der Drift, pictured inset, had started from the front row on Sunday, and had fought supremely hard to keep his rivals behind, in a Trident Racing car which had only found itself so high up due to a fortuitous pit-stop under the Safety Car in Race 1. The results of the weekend see Bamber lieing fourth and Van Der Drift seventh after the first round of the GP2 Asia Series, with five rounds remaining over the winter months. 11