TOUGH DAY AT THE PHILLIP ISLAND OFFICE FOR PROTECNICA RACING To end a day having qualified fourth in one race and fifth for the other, you could be forgiven for being satisfied with days work. However, such has been the impressive form shown by...
TOUGH DAY AT THE PHILLIP ISLAND OFFICE FOR PROTECNICA RACING
To end a day having qualified fourth in one race and fifth for the other, you could be forgiven for being satisfied with days work. However, such has been the impressive form shown by Formula 3 newcomers Protecnica Racing, the result in qualifying for round six of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star at Phillip Island isn't quite what the team had in mind.
Protecnica Racing's Chris Alajajian entered the day having set the second practice fastest time on Friday, and looking for his form to follow a similar trend as the remarkably improved weather -- with rain giving way to sunshine and increased temperatures -- from the opening day of action at the Island.
In the opening qualifying session, a brush with another competitor as the pair closed rapidly upon a slower car would cost Alajajian valuable laps, while encountering traffic at vital parts on his fastest lap would also prove detrimental.
His fastest lap -- 1:28.0821 -- would eventually secure him a starting position on the outside of the second row on the grid for the opening race of the weekend. Another laptime in the '28's during the second session will see him start from fifth on the grid in race two.
"Things could have been better today, with both the car and the driver," Alajajian reflected. "When I damaged the wing in the first session, it was frustrating because it cost us some laps and didn't give us enough time to get a feel of the car to use when making changes to the setup.
"Then in the second session, we went backwards a little bit and we weren't as quick as in the first."
Needless to say, the results weren't what the 18 year old Sydneysider entered the day looking to achieve, but Alajajian remains committed to continuing his strong form from recent rounds which has seen him close to within ten points of second placed Michael Trimble in the standings.
"Given our results since Protecnica started to run the car, we aren't really happy with the qualifying today, obviously," he concluded. "Between now and the race we will be working hard to make things better.
"We'll go and have a look at the data, work with Othmar [visiting F3 engineer Othmar Welti], see what we can come up with for the races tomorrow."
Tomorrow, the pair of fourteen lap races that make up round six of the 2005 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star take place at 10:20am and 1:40pm.
Protecnica Racing thanks the ongoing support of Jack Hillermans Smash, Elf Oil, Scuderia Veloce Motors, Nudie, Workflow Systems, Bilstein, Moody Kiddell & Partners, Heasman Steering, Disc Brakes Australia, Hawk Performance, Monza Mens Boutique, H & R Springs and APT Signs.