STANAWAY SECURES FRONT ROW START FOR STATUS IN SOCHI
Car #23 –Richie Stanaway – P7
Car # 22 – Marlon Stockinger – DNF
In an incident packed and shortened GP2 Feature Race Richie Stanaway brings his car home in seventh place, securing a front row start in Sunday’s Sprint Race. Marlon Stockinger’s race was cut short at turn three on the opening lap when he was caught up in an unavoidable three car incident, ending his race in the tyre barrier.
#23 Richie Stanaway “It was a really messy race with the red flag and the re-start. Not having a full run on either tyre compound mixed things up quite a bit, so to have finished one spot further ahead of where we started was damage limitation as it would have been easy for us to have missed the top eight.
“My start wasn’t bad but I had to lift into turn one as someone was up the inside of the car in front which meant I lost positions in the run down to turn two. Then I couldn’t fight back because of the red flag. I passed three cars on the lap after the re-start and had to push pretty hard at the end. The front row tomorrow is the main thing so we need to maximise everything and aim for the win.”
#22 Marlon Stockinger “I made up some places at the start and was just behind Richie but at turn two I was hit which I think gave me some damage. Then suddenly there was another car just coming across the track in front of me and I got completely hit and put into the wall. It was a short lived race and that was pretty much it. If today’s crazy race is anything to go by there is still a chance of points tomorrow.”
Status Grand Prix Engineering Ltd is a UK-registered company racing under a Canadian licence. Founded in 2005, it operates as a multi-faceted international motorsport team, dedicated to the top-level engineering and professional service required to succeed in motor racing’s biggest arenas.
Status GP has a multi-year contract to operate a two-car GP2 and three-car GP3 team. Having acquired the Caterham Racing GP2 team and entry in October 2014, Status GP now embarks on its maiden season in the Formula One™ feeder series.After making its debut at the famed Le Mans 24 Hours in 2006, the team expanded in 2011 into racing sportscars full-time and contested the Le Mans 24 Hours for the following three years.Status GP previously won the 2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, proving its credentials as one of the fastest emerging teams in motorsport after four seasons in the global single-seater series running the A1 Team Ireland and A1 Team Canada franchises.
David Kennedy is MD of Status GP: A leading motorsport figure, reaching Formula One™ as a driver with Theodore Racing in 1980 and enjoying a long sportscar career with Mazda including a pivotal role in the Group C programme that won Le Mans in 1991. David went on to organise automotive exhibitions in London and Tokyo before creating and developing one of the world’s prominent motorsport equipment and race wear retail companies. Since 1995, David has also been a Formula One™ commentator for Irish television.
Mark Gallagher is co-owner of Status GP: Mark Gallagher founded Status Grand Prix in 2005 in order to compete in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. He was Team Principal of A1 Team Ireland for four years, overseeing the team’s championship victory in 2009. He was then invited to return to Formula One™, running Cosworth’s F1 business until the end of 2011. Mark was previously on the management board of Jordan Grand Prix, where he worked for 10 years, and later became head of commercial affairs for Red Bull Racing.
Teddy Yip is Status GP Team Principal: A Canadian-based entrepreneur with a great passion for motorsport. His late father, Teddy Yip Snr, owned Formula One™ team Theodore Racing in the ‘70s and ‘80s and was a founder of the Macau Grand Prix F3 race. Teddy Jnr’s ambition is to repeat his father’s success in building a racing team that is well known and widely respected. He represents the dynasty that created Theodore Racing and his investment has been the catalyst for Status GP’s rise to prominence.