Part of that was the mixed-up grid after some topsy-turvy practice and qualifying sessions that left drivers out of position and determined to do something about it. Some more of the credit can go down to some of the most intelligent race control officiating seen in recent times in this or many other motorsports series. Then there's the reliability of the cars and the engines, and a growing parity between the teams and manufacturers that makes for some great racing action - notably the top eight was a perfectly balanced four-all score draw between Honda and Chevrolet this week.
All in all, the DW12 is shaping up to be an excellent addition to the series: tough and highly capable, fast and agile, not afraid of a scrap and determined to give fans a great afternoon's entertainment. In other words, very much like the driver for whom it is named in honour, who helped test and develop the car in 2011 and who has clearly left the series with a very promising legacy to move forward with.
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