Comma driver wins 2014 GP2 Series

Comma driver wins 2014 GP2 Series

Jolyon Palmer has made record breaking history by sealing championship victory on October 11th at the tenth round of the prestigious international GP2 series in Sochi, Russia. He becomes only the second driver after 2006 Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, to win the GP2 title for Britain.

Sponsored by Comma – a brand of Cosan Lubricants – and driving for the French Le Mans-based DAMS team to which Comma is also Technical Partner, 23 year old Palmer from Horsham, England, claimed the title with two races remaining. His winning Feature Race performance at the new Autodrom at the Sochi Winter Olympics complex followed three other commanding wins earlier in the year at Bahrain, Monaco and Monza, Italy.

Palmer has also set a new championship record for the greatest number of GP2 points – 256 – scored in a season, thanks to achieving no fewer than eleven podium finishes so far in 2014, and with the two end-of-season contests in Abu Dhabi still to be run. With a 51 point lead in the GP2 Teams Title battle, DAMS also look certain to claim a third victory in the last four years.

The GP2 series is acknowledged as the final stepping stone to Formula 1, and Palmer will now be aiming to join current F1 stars Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hülkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean, all of whom have been previous GP2 champions before graduating to motorsport’s highest international category.  

Comma has supported Palmer’s path to the top ever since he began his single-seater racing career at the age of 16. “Motorsport has always been a central element in the technical development and promotion of the Comma brand,” says Comma spokesperson, Mike Bewsey, “and we began our relationship with Jolyon as part of a larger Technical Partnership with the MotorSport Vision (MSV) group of companies.”

MSV is headed by Jolyon’s father Jonathan – himself a former Formula 1 driver – and includes ownership of the iconic Brands Hatch and three other leading British motor racing circuits, as well as the world famous PalmerSport corporate driving experience.

“Since 2007, Comma has been the sole supplier of lubricants, coolants and maintenance chemicals to all the MSV enterprises, providing us with an unrivalled ‘real world’ environment to prove and demonstrate the quality and performance of Comma products,” says Mr Bewsey. “Over the years, MSV’s Formula Palmer Audi, FIA Formula Two and BRDC Formula 4 racing machines have all been exclusively lubricated, cooled and maintained with Comma products, and with Jolyon’s brilliant success with DAMS in GP2, we’ve had the perfect platform to promote the brand on a global scale to new markets which we are opening up in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. We’re delighted to congratulate him and DAMS on winning the GP2 championship and proud of the manner in which he has carried Comma’s colours so successfully throughout his career. I have no doubt that he will go on to make a considerable Formula 1 impact and continue the great British tradition in Grand Prix racing.”

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