Vancouver: Ryan Dalziel Friday notes

Dalziel second fastest on the streets of Vancouver Ryan Dalziel enjoyed a promising start to the Molson Indy today on the streets of Vancouver, Canada. The 22-year-old Scottish racer posted the second fastest time in Friday qualifying on the ...

Dalziel second fastest on the streets of Vancouver

Ryan Dalziel enjoyed a promising start to the Molson Indy today on the streets of Vancouver, Canada. The 22-year-old Scottish racer posted the second fastest time in Friday qualifying on the 1.781-mile temporary street circuit prior to Sunday's race, Round 8 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship.

Dalziel's afternoon form, his fastest lap a 1m10.273s, behind the wheel of the #28 ProWorks Swift was consistent with this morning's half hour excursion, essentially a track-learning exercise, where he again finished second on the timesheets having held the top stop for much of the session until series leader Jon Fogarty eclipsed the young Scot's best effort.

Both of today's sessions, hosted under a blazing west coast sun, were marred by red flag incident's, the most serious of which occurred to Dalziel's Sierra Sierra Enterprises team-mate, Andrew Ranger, the young rookie punted into a barrier nose-first. Ranger emerged relatively unscathed but the same couldn't be said for the #27 entry.

Fogarty ultimately claimed the bonus point for fastest again in first qualifying but Ryan, already a three-time pole winner this season, has the opportunity in tomorrow's second and final session to grab a point and more importantly gun for a front row start position for the 38-lap blast around Vancouver on Sunday morning.

Speaking following this afternoon's efforts Dalziel commented:

"I think we've demonstrated today that we have the speed to be at the front and overall I've been pretty happy with the form of the car. The first session's goal was to learn the circuit as it was new to me and from there we had something to work on for qualifying. It would have been good to top the timesheets but we've got another opportunity tomorrow to go for it!"

Sunday's race is scheduled to start at 10:30am Pacific Time. Live timings and results will be available on 0x2022 www.toyotaatlantic.com

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , Andrew Ranger