Jolyon gears up for Turkey GP2 opener

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SOUTHWATER racing driver Jolyon Palmer admits he has not set his sights too high ahead of his first full GP2 race in Istanbul this weekend.

The 20-year-old will be on the grid for his first taste of the Formula 1 feeder series, having had a sample of GP2 earlier this year in GP2 Asia.

And on a track, which later in the day will be graced by the superstars of F1, Jolyon acknowledges he is a newcomer.

He said: “I’m looking forward to getting the season underway although I will be starting on a track I’ve never raced at before unlike a lot of the drivers in the field, so it will be crucial to maximise my track time in the practice session beforehand.

“I’ve done a lot of preparation and my confidence in the car is growing but it will be a case of trying to carry all of this into the race. I don’t have any set goals for my first season but I’d like to be getting regular points finishes and possibly podiums later in the season. It’s a very competitive championship though so it will be difficult for me.”