Solid start to Dalziel's Canadian campaign The first of the Toyota Atlantic Championship's three Canadian excursions kicked off today, Friday 9th July, in Toronto and fresh off the back of a win in Cleveland last time out Scotland's Ryan ...
Solid start to Dalziel's Canadian campaign
The first of the Toyota Atlantic Championship's three Canadian excursions kicked off today, Friday 9th July, in Toronto and fresh off the back of a win in Cleveland last time out Scotland's Ryan Dalziel produced a solid effort in Friday practice and first qualifying.
Round 7's opening practice session saw Dalziel pilot the #28 ProWorks entry round the 1.755-mile temporary street circuit in 1m06.961s, quick enough to post the third fastest time of the morning hot on the heels of current series leader Jon Fogarty and Sierra Sierra team-mate Andrew Ranger.
Having opted for a change of set-up for this afternoon's qualifying session, the 22-year-old Scot, second in the points chase heading into the Toronto race, was hoping for an improved performance in the first of the weekend's two qualifying sessions. It wasn't to be though as the changes implemented failed to make an impression and despite being third fastest once again for the majority of the session, with a best lap of 1m06.819s, Ryan was duly demoted to fourth by Ranger in the dying seconds of the session.
"It goes without saying I'm disappointed with our qualifying session," commented Dalziel. "The changes we made to the car following this morning's practice failed to make the gains we hoped they would."
He continued, "Basically the car's loose and on a street circuit like this it's the worst possible handling characteristic you can have! I guess we need to sit down now and check everything out and see how we can improve for tomorrow's final qualifying session. It'll be tough as we don't have the advantage of a practice session in the morning but I'll be giving it my all as usual!"
Saturday's 45-minute final qualifying session is scheduled to get underway at 12:30pm. Jon Fogarty holds provisional pole overnight, collecting a point for his efforts, but with another available tomorrow Ryan has the opportunity to keep the gap to his American title rival down to three points heading into Sunday's 35-lap race.
Live timing and session results are available at www.toyotaatlantic.com