Reid aims for a strong season finale His season started well, with an early dominance in the debut weekend and a pole position. Then, when the lights went off, Jonny Reid nearly stalled the car and from then everything was different. Despite ...
Reid aims for a strong season finale
His season started well, with an early dominance in the debut weekend and a pole position. Then, when the lights went off, Jonny Reid nearly stalled the car and from then everything was different. Despite being often among the quickest drivers in practice, the kiwi didn't manage to get on podium, with a 4th place in Spa as his best result. Anyway, looking to Auto GP's last two events he is very confident.
So Jonny, what's the balance of your championship until now?
"Clearly I was expecting a lot more from my Auto GP campaign. With the team we struggled a bit in exploiting all the car's performance. Despite this I've been fast at times, but I didn't manage to make the most of it, also because of some little mistakes I made. And every mistake becomes a big disadvantage in such a competitive championship".
With this Lola chassis both you and SuperNova clinched lots of wins in A1 GP, why are you struggling now? Do you think that the modifications that Auto GP made to the car changed it so much?
"Undoubtedly the car has changed a lot. In Brno we were 4 seconds quicker than A1 GP, in racing terms it's a huge gap. So, with such improved performances, the data we had couldn't help us a lot. That's also because Auto GP uses Michelin tyres, that are very different from the Cooper we were using in A1, both in performance and in tyre wear. Anyway, the most difficult thing for us has been keeping the same car balance between qualifying and the races. In Magny-Cours we think we finally understood what to do, and I'm sure that in the last two races we will be quick".
What do you expect from Navarra and Monza?
"First of all, I'm really happy that the next track will be new to everybody. The teams won't have any data and so we'll start from scratch, the best way to try those setup solutions that we figured out in our latest meetings. We really think we had the right ideas, and nothing is better than a new track to prove that. Then, if Navarra will show we are right, I will do my best to clinch a great result in Monza. I really love the track, Parabolica is one of my favourite corners and the whole track is a challenge: to have an high top speed you must go on very low downforce, and this makes the car very 'light' while braking for the chicanes. I think I will be good there".
What does racing in Europe means for a Kiwi driver? Judging from your Facebook page it seems you're using it as an excuse to travel a lot!
"Well during my career I've often been abroad, but I never had a lot of time to see the places where I was racing. This year was different: before Imola I went to Rome, Pisa and Florence, and also after Monza I'd like to make a tour of Northern Italy, I really love it! I'm also happy about this Auto GP summer break: I made the most of it going to Thailand and then to Croatia with my girlfriend. They have an incredible sea, it reminds me of New Zealand".