Monterrey: Team Australia Saturday notes

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Team Australia in the final qualifying session for tomorrow's Champ Car Atlantics event in Monterrey. Frenchman Simon Pagenaud was second fastest after being quickest yesterday and will be having his second ...

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Team Australia in the final qualifying session for tomorrow's Champ Car Atlantics event in Monterrey.

Frenchman Simon Pagenaud was second fastest after being quickest yesterday and will be having his second front-row start in just three rounds in his Aussie Vineyards entry.

Running well on old tyres in the beginning of the session, the young driver led the pack, but after switching to new rubber a little too early, he was passed by Mi-Jack Conquest driver Graham Rahal for the pole.

After a strong performance in practice this morning, Davison had a disappointing qualifying session due to failure with the throttle cable.

Given the unfortunate circumstance, the young driver still continues to improve and is optimistic for a successful race tomorrow.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.

Simon Pagenaud # 15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards

"The track had more grip, it was quite interesting because we made very good changes on the car and we had a good first session with the old tyres and after that we put on the new tires and it worked well for us," said Pagenaud.

"I think we put the new tyres on the car a little too earlier and Graham Rahal was a little bit faster in the end, but the overall the car was good.

"I'm very happy with my position, I'm confident for tomorrow and I know that I need to race a smart race.

James Davison #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards

"Of course it is a disappointment going from the fourth quickest in practice to 18th in qualifying," said Davison.

"We had an issue with the throttle cable failing which set me back, that's racing, and you have bad ones.

"I know I've got the speed; I've improved an incredible amount. I think genuinely I would have qualified sixth if I didn't have the issue today, but I'm going to drive a smart race tomorrow and make sure I come home with points and finish the weekend on a high note."

Derrick Walker Team Australia Co-owner

"I think the whole weekend went well for James, other than qualifying where he dropped back a little bit," said Walker.

"The track changed at the last qualifying session for him which set him back a bit, but overall his weekend so far has been good, he made a tremendous jump forward and I think he needs to be pretty encouraged by that, we just need to keep working away at it.

"Simon keeps on going; he obviously has the talent, the car it pretty good, it's all about getting that right combination. The competition is very tight up front, so I think we are right there."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia co-owner

"You can't help feel sorry for James because he really have made some tremendous progress this weekend," said Gore.

"He is a smart kid and I am sure he will show that in tomorrow's race.

"Simon has obviously fitted into the team extremely well and keep producing the goods."

-www.teamaustraliamotorsport.com

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Graham Rahal , James Davison , Simon Pagenaud