Toronto: Walker Racing Saturday notes

Walker Racing Confident for a Good Result for Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto Toronto, ON, Canada - Walker Racing's Simona De Silvestro was on the charge today for final qualifying. After struggling most of the weekend, the young rookie found...

Walker Racing Confident for a Good Result for Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto

Toronto, ON, Canada - Walker Racing's Simona De Silvestro was on the charge today for final qualifying. After struggling most of the weekend, the young rookie found her way, recording the seventh fastest time of 1:06.185 seconds (95.445 mph) for the session.

Getting more comfortable each time she sits behind the wheel of her green and gold #5 Miauton/ Walker Racing chassis, De Silvestro was all smiles, feeling that she had learned a lot from this session. A couple of rookie mistakes in her fast lap didn't get her down as she was more than pleased to start from the fourth row tomorrow.

It was a different story for Ryan Lewis (#15 NCPI Solutions/InSport), who had been competitive all weekend long and was the fifth quickest in this morning's practice session, but once new tires were put on his car, the balance changed and so did his luck. With a best time of 1:06.246 seconds (95.372 mph), the Englishman will start eleventh tomorrow.

What they had to say:

Simona De Silvestro:

"Today was good, because I had some good laps. I made some rookie mistakes on one of my fast laps and broke too late. Overall, I think P7 and to be on the fourth row is great for tomorrow. I'm pretty happy, because this morning I learned a lot more and we did some changes and they went in a good direction."

Ryan Lewis: "It's unfortunate, we thought we were going to be very competitive this afternoon. When we put new tires on the car the balance changed a little and we couldn't match what we did this morning. Unfortunately it's just one of those things. We rolled the dice and couldn't come up with the same balance."

Derrick Walker, Walker Racing owner:

"The qualifying didn't reflect the kind of weekend so far that Ryan has been having. He put a lot of effort into this weekend and truly deserves a better qualifying position, but as often happens when it comes down to qualifying, everything has to be just right to move up the grid here in Atlantics and unfortunately we didn't get it done for Ryan today, but there's tomorrow and he's shown in the past that he is a creative racer when comes to coming from behind. I expect for him to continue that great weekend he has been having so far. We changed the car a couple of different ways to optimize it for Simona and at the time when it counted the car was at its best and so was Simona. She really pulled out a good qualifying position and I'm convinced it would have been even better if she hadn't caught some in the last lap. Again another good solid performance for the weekend, the car is good, so look forward to a good race tomorrow."

-credit: walkerracing

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Lewis