Denver: Ryan Dalziel Saturday notes

Ryan lines up third in Denver Ryan Dalziel bounced back from yesterday's qualifying accident in Denver, where he found himself in an unavoidable collision on his first flying run, to set the third fastest time today, Saturday 14th August, and...

Ryan lines up third in Denver

Ryan Dalziel bounced back from yesterday's qualifying accident in Denver, where he found himself in an unavoidable collision on his first flying run, to set the third fastest time today, Saturday 14th August, and line up on the second row for tomorrow's 37-lap street race 0x2022 Round 10 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship.

The Scottish charger was an innocent victim in yesterday's qualifying session and was frustrated not to set a time owing to the damage sustained on the #28 ProWorks entry and the fact he had been fastest in the first session of the day. He quickly returned to form in this morning's practice session finishing second fastest to Jon Fogarty with a time of 1m08.895s.

With a good qualifying run vital to Dalziel's title hopes, the Sierra Sierra Enterprises racer set to work on the 1.657-mile temporary street circuit. Lap times tumbled from yesterday's session and while Ryan turned his fastest laps of the weekend he couldn't close the gap to overnight pole leader Jon Fogarty as the American once again headed the timesheets.

Ryan's quickest lap, 1m07.958s, fell just four tenths shy of Fogarty's pole winning time of 1m07.576s and places the four-time race winner third on the grid behind the Pacific Coast team-mates of Fogarty and Alex Figge.

"I'm looking for a good race tomorrow morning," stated Dalziel following today's efforts. "I'm confident we'll get there on the set-up of the car. Obviously we lost out with yesterday's incident and we didn't get the running we'd hoped for in this morning's session. Third's not too bad and as long as I stick with Jon in the race I'll be keeping him on his toes and keeping our title ambitions going!"

Ryan sits eight points behind Fogarty heading into Sunday's race, the standings currently 241-233. The American's success in both Denver qualifying sessions have boosted the former champion's points tally by two with additional points available tomorrow for fastest race lap and most laps led.

Tomorrow's race, the Grand Prix of Denver, is scheduled to start at 12:30 Eastern Time with live timings and results available on www.toyotaatlantic.com

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , Alex Figge