Booth targets two-car finish

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TWO races remaining and Dinnington-based outfit Marussia Virgin Racing are bidding to end another rollercoaster year on a high note.

Virgin head to the Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend and John Booth, the team principal and director of racing, is seeking an improved performance in round 18 of the 2011 Formula One season.

“Having not had the best of luck in India, we hope to get back to our usual two-car finish again in Abu Dhabi as every little bit counts in terms of carrying information through to the 2012 car development programme,” he said.

“It’s going to be an interesting and busy couple of weeks ahead as straight after the race we will remain at the Yas Marina Circuit for the Young Driver Test before heading to Brazil for the season finale.”

Robert Wickens is poised to take part in the first free practice session in Abu Dhabi on Friday as a reward for winning the World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 Championship. Wickens will run in car number 25 alongside Timo Glock and in place of Jérôme D’Ambrosio, who will return to the cockpit in the afternoon.

He has previously taken part in a straight-line test for Virgin in September in Italy where he helped the team gather data for its aerodynamic evaluation programme.