Race 2 press conference

Shanghai - CHN

Race 2 

Race 2 press conference

02/11/2013 - Shanghai
Alan Simoni (1° Overall): “The overall leaders were all packed together at the start. The only one missing was Barde and I don’t know what happened to him as I left him behind (he retired with a puncture, ed). It was an exceptional race; absolutely fantastic. I chased Mac and Kuppens early on and really felt it was going to be my day.

"I first got past the Dane and then took the opportunity to overtake Kuppens to move into the lead. I then tried to see things out and held the others off. I have been waiting for this for two years and finally my Maserati Trofeo moment has arrived”.

Mikkel Mac (2° Overall): “I made the most of my pole position to get a good start before Kuppens and Simoni closed in. I finished second. Obviously, first would have been better but I hope to celebrate a win in tomorrow’s endurance event even though I will have a time handicap in the pits (the weekend’s top five drivers have time handicaps in the endurance race, Ed)”.

Renaud Kuppens (3° Overall, 1° Team): “First of all, I would like to thank Alan and Mikkel for doing so well. It was important for me to finish among the leaders and I managed it. It was a tough race and I had to ease up to keep the tyres in good shape as I had used them in Friday’s qualifying session. This meant that I couldn’t press too hard even when I had the chance to overtake the lead two towards the end. My braking was right on the limit and I ran off the track, mainly to avoid colliding into Simoni. I am satisfied anyway; at the end of the day, the important thing was to finish on the podium”.


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