PAGENAUD SEVENTH AND DAVISON 14TH FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA IN SAN JOSE Team Australia Champ Car Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and James Davison have had a day of improvement in Round 9 of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship at the Canary ...
PAGENAUD SEVENTH AND DAVISON 14TH FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA IN SAN JOSE
Team Australia Champ Car Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and James Davison have had a day of improvement in Round 9 of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship at the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose.
Series leader Pagenaud was seventh in the opening qualifying session for the weekend after only managing 13th fastest time on first practice. Pagenaud and Team Australia are confident that further improvement will see another jump up the time sheets for the Frenchman and his Aussie Vineyards/Location U Swift in tomorrow's final qualifying session.
Young Australian charger James Davison had a similar improvement in speed between practice and qualifying, jumping from 21st in practice to be the 14th fastest car in the ultra-competitive 25-car Atlantic field in opening qualifying.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards/Location U Swift
"It's a very funny track to drive," said Pagenaud.
"We have a great set-up because my car is well balanced when I don't brake, but when I do brake we have something happening. In my last half of the lap I was nearly pole, we just need to sort it out and understand what happened.
"My main focus is a good qualifying position because it is a narrow track at the end of the straight line, which will make it difficult to pass, so qualifying well is my goal."
James Davison -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Swift
"The track is unbelievably tight and incredibly short," said Davison.
"We made a clicker change from the car this morning and both Simon and I moved up about eight positions each, we are happy at least that we went forward.
"I'm four tenths off of him and I am still struggling with braking and just need to find a good brake balance. Where you qualify is close to where you are going to finish and top ten is what I'm aiming for."
Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"With Simon, the team has tried a few different things for a street course set-up and it doesn't appear to be working as well as it should be on the braking," said Walker.
"But if you eliminate the areas where we have the most problems his handling is actually very good. It's a matter of us trying a few different things for tomorrow and he will be right there.
"James faired better in practice in some respects. He was making good gains right up until the very end. He needed more track time, but overall his car has a similar handling to Simon's, which is a little unstable on the braking. We just need to go back and work on it overnight."
Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"Today was probably a little below par start for Simon considering his other results this season," said Gore.
"But both he and James did a solid job to get the cars working a lot better between practice and qualifying.
"Simon has a little bit to live up to after collecting Team Australia's first ever victory at the last round and I am sure he is up to the task.
"James continues to do a solid job and it is great to see and Australian making the most of his opportunities."