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2008–09 GP2 Asia Series

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2008–09 GP2 Asia Series
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For the main series, see 2009 GP2 Series season.

The 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season was the second season of the GP2 Asia Series. It began on 18 October 2008 and ended on 26 April 2009 and consisted of twelve races at six events.

All teams from the 2008 GP2 Series season except for Racing Engineering took part in the competition, with the thirteenth slot being filled by Qi-Meritus Mahara. The reigning champion Romain Grosjean did not defend his title. Kamui Kobayashi clinched the title with a fourth place at the penultimate race in Bahrain. 8 different winners were in 12 races: Kamui Kobayashi become champion, after Japanese won in two consecutive feature races at Dubai Autodrome, and at Bahrain International Circuit. Diego Nunes won the last two feature races at Sepang International Circuit, and at Bahrain International Circuit. Roldán Rodríguez wins in first race of the season. Nico Hülkenberg, Luiz Razia, Vitaly Petrov, Davide Valsecchi, and Sergio Pérez each other won one race.

Entry listEdit

Team No. Driver name Rounds
  ART Grand Prix 1   Sakon Yamamoto[1] All
2   Nelson Philippe[2] 1
  Pastor Maldonado[3] 2, 5–6
  Nico Hülkenberg[4] 3–4
  Arden Motorsport 3   Luiz Razia[5] All
4   Mika Mäki[6] 1
  Renger van der Zande[7] 2
  Edoardo Mortara[8] 3–6
  Barwa International Campos 5   Vitaly Petrov[9] All
6   Sergio Pérez[2] All
  DAMS 7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio[2] All
8   Kamui Kobayashi[2] All
  GFH Team iSport 9   Giedo van der Garde[10] All
10   Hamad Al Fardan[11] All
  Super Nova Racing 11   Javier Villa[5] All
12   James Jakes[2] All
  FMS International 14   Andreas Zuber[2] 1–2
  Rodolfo González[12] 3–6
15   Kevin Nai Chia Chen[2] All
  Durango 16   Davide Valsecchi[13] All
17   Carlos Iaconelli[14] 1
  Michael Dalle Stelle[15] 2–6
  My Qi-Meritus Mahara 18   Alex Yoong[16] 1–2
  Marco Bonanomi[17] 3–6
19   Earl Bamber[18] 1–3
  Álvaro Parente[19] 4–6
    Piquet GP 20   Roldán Rodríguez[20] All
21   Diego Nunes[21] All
  David Price Racing 22   Michael Herck[22] All
23   Yuhi Sekiguchi[22] 1
  Giacomo Ricci[23] 2–6
  BCN Competición*
  Ocean Racing Technology
24   Hiroki Yoshimoto[2] 1
  Yelmer Buurman[24] 2–5
  Karun Chandhok[25] 6
25   Luca Filippi[26] 1
  Fabrizio Crestani[24] 2–6
  Trident Racing 26   Giacomo Ricci[2] 1
  Alberto Valerio[23] 2
  Frankie Provenzano[27] 3–4
  Ricardo Teixeira[28] 5–6
27   Chris van der Drift[2] 1–2
  Adrián Vallés[27] 3
  Davide Rigon[29] 4–6

* – team was known as BCN Competición at round one in Shanghai, before Tiago Monteiro bought over the team's assets and renamed it as Ocean Racing Technology.[30]

CalendarEdit

On 12 July, GP2 Series organisers announced a provisional calendar for their second season. Unlike the first season of the GP2 Asia Series, this season will start prior to the new year, and be expanded to six events from the previous five. The Indonesian round has been dropped, while Bahrain earns a second event and Shanghai earns its first GP2 races. Shanghai will also host the official GP2 Asia Series test session prior to the start of the season.[31]

The sprint race of the second round of the championship – at the Dubai Autodrome – was cancelled due to flooding.[32]

On 17 December, an alteration was made to the calendar, with the Losail International Circuit in Qatar replacing the February meeting in Dubai. The meeting was also moved to February 12–14 because the original date on the calendar was unsuitable, due to MotoGP testing. This event will also introduce night racing to GP2, following the circuit's lead with MotoGP and its support classes and also Formula One's night race in Singapore.[33]

Race CalendarEdit

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 R1   Shanghai International Circuit 18 October   Roldán Rodríguez   Kamui Kobayashi   Roldán Rodríguez   Piquet GP Report
R2 19 October   Javier Villa   Davide Valsecchi   Durango
2 R1   Dubai Autodrome 5 December   Kamui Kobayashi   Kamui Kobayashi   Kamui Kobayashi   DAMS Report
R2 6 December Race cancelled
3 R1   Bahrain International Circuit 23 January   Nico Hülkenberg   Kamui Kobayashi   Kamui Kobayashi   DAMS Report
R2 24 January   Jérôme d'Ambrosio   Sergio Pérez   Barwa International Campos
4 R1   Losail International Circuit 13 February   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg   ART Grand Prix Report
R2 14 February   Sergio Pérez   Sergio Pérez   Barwa International Campos
5 R1   Sepang International Circuit 4 April   Jérôme d'Ambrosio   James Jakes   Diego Nunes   Piquet GP Report
R2 5 April   Álvaro Parente   Vitaly Petrov   Barwa International Campos
6 R1   Bahrain International Circuit 25 April   Kamui Kobayashi   Jérôme d'Ambrosio   Diego Nunes   Piquet GP Report
R2 26 April   Jérôme d'Ambrosio   Luiz Razia   Arden Motorsport

Championship standingsEdit

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top 8 classified finishers in the Feature race, and to the top 6 classified finishers in the Sprint race. The pole-sitter in the feature race will also receive two points, and one point is given to the driver who set the fastest lap inside the top ten in both the feature and sprint races. No extra points are awarded to the pole-sitter in the sprint race.

Feature race points
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th 
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Sprint race points

Points are awarded to the top 6 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 6 5 4 3 2 1

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Driver SHI
 
DUB
 
BHR
 
LSL
 
SEP
 
BHR
 
Points
1   Kamui Kobayashi 2 Ret 1 C 1 6 4 18 2 7 4 5 56
2   Jérôme d'Ambrosio 9 5 7 C 2 3 5 7 Ret DSQ 3 2 36
3   Roldán Rodríguez 1 6 3 C 6 23 Ret 17 4 12 2 Ret 35
4   Davide Valsecchi 8 1 2 C 5 2 6 5 8 3 16 Ret 34
5   Vitaly Petrov 5 Ret 5 C 10 12 3 2 6 1 19 11 28
6   Nico Hülkenberg 4 4 1 3 27
7   Sergio Pérez Ret 7 6 C 8 1 2 1 Ret 6 12 9 26
8   Diego Nunes 12 Ret Ret C 13 22 11 12 1 4 1 6 24
9   Sakon Yamamoto 3 14 8 C 17 11 Ret 14 12 Ret 6 4 13
10   Javier Villa 4 3 9 C 9 5 13 10 19 18 15 12 12
11   Edoardo Mortara 3 8 7 4 Ret 17 Ret 16 11
12   Giedo van der Garde 10 DNS 4 C 7 14 12 8 14 10 5 7 11
13   Luiz Razia Ret 17 10 C 14 9 8 6 Ret Ret 8 1 9
14   Earl Bamber 6 2 Ret C 11 7 8
15   Pastor Maldonado Ret C 7 2 Ret Ret 7
16   James Jakes Ret 11 12 C 22 Ret 9 9 3 Ret 10 14 7
17   Davide Rigon 14 15 Ret 13 7 3 6
18   Chris van der Drift 7 4 Ret C 5
19   Yelmer Buurman Ret C Ret 13 Ret DNS 5 11 4
20   Hamad Al Fardan 15 Ret Ret C 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 5 Ret 17 2
21   Álvaro Parente 17 16 11 9 Ret 13 1
22   Marco Bonanomi 20 10 16 11 Ret 14 14 8 0
23   Rodolfo González 16 Ret Ret 19 10 8 Ret Ret 0
24   Hiroki Yoshimoto Ret 8 0
25   Alex Yoong 14 9 Ret C 0
26   Karun Chandhok 9 Ret 0
27   Giacomo Ricci 13 Ret 13 C Ret 16 Ret 13 16 15 11 10 0
28   Fabrizio Crestani 14 C Ret 17 10 21 15 16 18 15 0
29   Mika Mäki Ret 10 0
30   Carlos Iaconelli 11 Ret 0
31   Renger van der Zande 11 C 0
32   Yuhi Sekiguchi Ret 12 0
33   Michael Herck 16 16 15 C 18 18 15 Ret 13 Ret 13 Ret 0
34   Nelson Philippe 17 13 0
35   Frankie Provenzano 15 15 19 20 0
36   Kevin Nai Chia Chen Ret 15 18 C 21 21 18 23 20 Ret Ret 18 0
37   Alberto Valerio 16 C 0
38   Ricardo Teixeira 17 19 17 Ret 0
39   Michael Dalle Stelle 17 C 19 20 20 22 18 20 Ret 19 0
40   Adrián Vallés Ret 19 0
  Andreas Zuber Ret Ret Ret C 0
  Luca Filippi Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver SHI
 
DUB
 
BHR
 
LSL
 
SEP
 
BHR
 
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Team Car
No.
SHI
 
DUB
 
BHR
 
LSL
 
SEP
 
BHR
 
Points
1   DAMS 7 9 5 7 C 2 3 5 7 Ret DSQ 3 2 92
8 2 Ret 1 C 1 6 4 18 2 7 4 5
2     Piquet GP 20 1 6 3 C 6 23 Ret 17 4 12 2 Ret 59
21 12 Ret Ret C 13 22 11 12 1 4 1 6
3   Barwa International Campos 5 5 Ret 5 C 10 12 3 2 6 1 19 11 54
6 Ret 7 6 C 8 1 2 1 Ret 6 12 9
4   ART Grand Prix 1 3 14 8 C 17 11 Ret 14 12 Ret 6 4 47
2 17 13 Ret C 4 4 1 3 7 2 Ret Ret
5   Durango 16 8 1 2 C 5 2 6 5 8 3 16 Ret 34
17 11 Ret 17 C 19 20 20 22 18 20 Ret 19
6   Arden Motorsport 3 Ret 17 10 C 14 9 8 6 Ret Ret 8 1 20
4 Ret 10 11 C 3 8 7 4 Ret 17 Ret 16
7   Super Nova Racing 11 4 3 9 C 9 5 13 10 19 18 15 12 19
12 Ret 11 12 C 22 Ret 9 9 3 Ret 10 14
8   GFH Team iSport 9 10 DNS 4 C 7 14 12 8 14 10 5 7 13
10 15 Ret Ret C 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 5 Ret 17
9   Trident Racing 26 13 Ret 16 C 15 15 19 20 17 13 17 3 11
27 7 4 Ret C Ret 19 14 15 Ret 19 7 Ret
10   My Qi-Meritus Mahara 18 14 9 Ret C 20 10 16 11 Ret 14 14 8 9
19 6 2 Ret C 11 7 17 16 11 9 Ret 13
11   BCN Competición
  Ocean Racing Technology
24 Ret 8 Ret C Ret 13 Ret DNS 5 11 9 Ret 4
25 Ret Ret 14 C Ret 17 10 21 15 16 18 15
12   FMS International 14 Ret Ret Ret C 16 Ret Ret 19 10 8 Ret Ret 0
15 Ret 15 18 C 21 21 18 23 20 Ret Ret 18
13   David Price Racing 22 16 16 15 C 18 18 15 Ret 13 Ret 13 Ret 0
23 Ret 12 13 C Ret 16 Ret 13 16 15 11 10
Pos Team Car
No.
SHI
 
DUB
 
BHR
 
LSL
 
SEP
 
BHR
 
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

ReferencesEdit

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