Trying times for Ryan in Toronto Ryan Dalziel and the Sierra Sierra Enterprises team were left to rue a disappointing final qualifying session today in Toronto as the Scottish race ace could only manage sixth fastest during the 45-minute session...
Trying times for Ryan in Toronto
Ryan Dalziel and the Sierra Sierra Enterprises team were left to rue a disappointing final qualifying session today in Toronto as the Scottish race ace could only manage sixth fastest during the 45-minute session to determine the grid for tomorrow's 35-lap Toyota Atlantic race.
With track temperatures high courtesy of clear blue skies overhead lap times were set to tumble on the 1.755-mile temporary street circuit and while Dalziel's laps were an improvement from yesterday's session they weren't quick enough to trouble Jon Fogarty at the top of the time sheets.
The changes implemented between yesterday and today to the #28 ProWorks car failed to haul Ryan up the running order. Several trips to pit-lane during the qualifying session to tweak the set-up on the 22-year-old's entry yielded little gain and Ryan was forced to do the best he could with an ill-handling car.
A despondent Dalziel commented:
"It's hard to understand how we could be so dominant in Cleveland last weekend then come here to Toronto and just be so far off the pace! For whatever reason we've failed to get to grips with the car from yesterday and this afternoon's session simply presented more of the same.
"My session wasn't helped by being blocked a couple of times on track but the bottom line is we just haven't got the speed in the car. Tomorrow's going to require a huge effort to get us up the order but hopefully we can do something between now and then to ensure we leave here with a healthy points haul and hope for better luck in Vancouver!"
Dalziel sits second overall in the championship to pole winner Jon Fogarty. The American's Toronto qualifying shut-out edges his advantage over Ryan to five points heading into tomorrow's race, Round 7 of the Toyota Atlantic Championship.
Live timing of the race and full series points standings are available at www.toyotaatlantic.com with the green flag set to unleash the field at 10:30am Eastern Time tomorrow.