Jolyon Palmer impresses on GP2 debut

JOLYON Palmer secured an impressive top ten finish in only the second race of his inaugural GP2 season.

The youngster, from Southwater, made up eight places to finish just outside the points in Sunday’s race at Turkey’s Instanbul Speed Arena.

Despite never racing at the track, the 20-year-old impressed in qualifying as he secured 13th - the highest of any of the rookie drivers.

His opening race on the Saturday didn’t quite go to plan, as he finished 17th, after an early mistake forced Palmer to make an unscheduled pit stop.

The result the previous day meant Palmer started 17th on the Sunday, but battled his way through the field with confidence to finish ninth, making up two places on the final lap.

Palmer, son of former Formula One driver Jonathon, said: “I had never raced around the track in Turkey until this weekend, so I didn’t really know what to expect.”

Palmer’s next race is in Spain, a track he has raced at before, and he is hopeful or scoring his first points in GP2.

He added: “I found it challenging not knowing the track, but all in all it was a good weekend. I’m looking forward to Spain as I’ve raced there before and we’re hopeful of some points.”