Eastern Creek: Team Czech Saturday notes

Big battle for top 10 in the qualifying Tomas Enge managed to get one top 10 grid position at Eastern Creek after he set 9th time in the feature qualifying. The Czech team will start 14th in the Sprint. The Czech team struggled with grip on...

Big battle for top 10 in the qualifying

Tomas Enge managed to get one top 10 grid position at Eastern Creek after he set 9th time in the feature qualifying. The Czech team will start 14th in the Sprint. The Czech team struggled with grip on Friday and Saturday's practice showed a slight improvement. However, the main focus was on race setup and Enge was running for majority of the session with full fuel tank and the team was playing with the ride height on bumpy Australian track.

He did 22 laps with best time 1:21,733 and ended 16th. Tomas Enge managed to get one top 10 grid position at Eastern Creek after he set 9th time in the feature qualifying. The Czech team will start 14th in the Sprint. The Czech team struggled with grip on Friday and Saturday's practice showed a slight improvement. However, the main focus was on race setup and Enge was running for majority of the session with full fuel tank and the team was playing with the ride height on bumpy Australian track. He did 22 laps with best time 1:21,733 and ended 16th.

First two qualifying segments decided as usual about the sprint race grid. Enge's best time 1:19,099 was set in the second run and was within a second of the pole winning time. The Czech team finished 14th. The sun went out in the meantime and the track temperature was considerable higher for the feature qualifying. Lap times were slower as a result. Enge set his best in the last run and 1:19,232 put the Czech to the fifth row on the grid, six tenths shy of the pole position.

Tomas Enge: "It is more or less the same like last year when we compare gap to the front. We tried few things to improve the grip in the morning but it is still not ideal. The focus was on race setup with full tank and we checked the ride height to prevent bottoming. Qualifying was very close with 14 cars in one second. The sprint qualifying was quicker because sun went out for the feature one which meant that everybody was approximately half a second slower than expected. We are in a better position comparing to Taupo but we still have to find more. Our car understeers little bit here but it is not a big problem. I think that both races will be quite close as you can see from the gaps in the qualifying and pitstops could be decisive."

-credit: tcr/ms

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Series A1GP
Drivers Tomas Enge