STUNNING SECOND FOR ALAJAJIAN IN WAKEFIELD PARK FUJITSU QUALIFYING. Just four-one hundredths of a second was all that separated Sydneysider Chris Alajajian from his career first Fujitsu V8 Supercar series Pole Position in a frantic 20-minute ...
STUNNING SECOND FOR ALAJAJIAN IN WAKEFIELD PARK FUJITSU QUALIFYING.
Just four-one hundredths of a second was all that separated Sydneysider Chris Alajajian from his career first Fujitsu V8 Supercar series Pole Position in a frantic 20-minute qualifying session at Wakefield Park Raceway today.
A last-ditch lap in the session elevated the 20-year-old North Shore resident into second position, his best ever starting position since joining the Fujitsu series mid-season in 2006.
Alajajian's Protecnica Racing VZ Commodore got progressively quicker throughout today's practice and qualifying sessions -- running comfortably inside the top ten for a majority of the second free practice session and the early stages of qualifying.
A late-session spurt lifted the distinctive yellow Holden into the top five with four minutes left in the session, and into its eventual second place with just 30 seconds left.
Alajajian's best of 1:00.4953 was just .0483s from the pole position benchmark set by Tony D'Alberto.
After missing the first round of the championship at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide earlier this month, Alajajian said today that the results gave added satisfaction to his V8 Supercar return.
"This is proof that good things come to those who wait." He said.
"We made some fairly large changes between practice and qualifying -- we did plenty of debriefing to find out how to progress and clearly we have done that.
"I did not predict to be this high -- it's an awesome result and I hope that we can progress even further forward from that -- It's going to be a great race tomorrow." He said.
Alajajian will line up on the front row for tomorrow's first 17-lap race at 10:20am tomorrow morning and said this afternoon that whilst he had past experience at the circuit, the V8 Supercar was a totally different animal to master at the tight 2.2km layout.
"The V8 Supercar is so totally different to anything else I've driven around here," he explained.
"They are hard to stop, hard to turn and had things to muscle around this tight circuit so it's pleasing to be up this high.
"Things didn't go as well as we would have hoped when we started last season but we have worked very hard to turn things around and make this program happen.
"So Far, I'm very happy."
Alajajian and his Protecnica Racing team will tackle three races tomorrow.
The first race -- 17-laps -- gets underway at 10:20am before the second, featuring a reversed top 10 starting order from the race one finishing positions, starting at 12:45pm.
The third and final race is the longest of the weekend at 30 laps and gets underway at 3pm.