EU: Series Catalunya qualifying report

Harvey claims fist poles of 2010 Formula BMW Europe season in Spain. Barcelona, 7 May 2010. After their first competitive laps of the 2010 Formula BMW Europe season it is Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) who has claimed pole position for both...

Harvey claims fist poles of 2010 Formula BMW Europe season in Spain.

Barcelona, 7 May 2010. After their first competitive laps of the 2010 Formula BMW Europe season it is Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) who has claimed pole position for both of this weekend's races at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. Alongside him on the front row of the grid for both races will be Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing). Meanwhile local driver, Carlos Sainz (Eurointernational), was the quickest Rookie driver and will start race one from ninth.

The top 11 drivers were covered by half a second, but the gap between the quickest times of Harvey, who was also quickest in the morning's free practice, and Frijns was nearly a quarter of a second. In the session, which started with an air temperature of 16 degrees and a track temperature of 27 degrees, Harvey was among the first batch of drivers to pit for new tyres. When he went out again he set his best time on his first flying lap, which was 15 minutes into the 25 minute session.

Pole Rounds 1 and 2: Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports): "It was a very great result for us and the team has worked hard all across the winter. Even if we didn't have great tests the team has always remained positive, as is evident today. The last two tests have been good, and we were quickest in free practice this morning. Everything we have learnt in the winter has been really good. Let's see what will happen tomorrow."

Second on grid Rounds 1 and 2: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "I am not really happy. We changed quite a lot on the car between the sessions, but we have changed too much now and it is the opposite. I was half a second faster when we came in the pits on the first set. We didn't change anything because I was that fast, and so I am a bit upset because we didn't change anything. I had quite a lot of understeer in the fast corners, and that was the problem, especially with the second set. I had it on the first set but on the second set it was getting worse and worse. Maybe we will put some more wing on the front or less on the back and then we shall see what happens."

Third on grid Round 1; Javier Tarancon (FR/DAMS): "I am happy, but still we need to improve because I did just one fast lap, after that the grip was not there so I had a lot of problems with oversteer. Anyway I am happy because I did one good lap, am third and it is good to start the season in the top three."

Top Rookie: Carlos Sainz (ES/Eurointernational): "This first qualifying has been a bit disappointing, as I felt after all the work and testing we could have been in the top five. We were struggling with the new tyre compounds to have a lot of cornering speeds. We shall try to solve it during the weekend but it is certain to be a tough one. The car does not feel good and I am not feeling very confident in it. We shall try to solve these problems, have a good race and try to fight."

The grid positions for race one are determined by each driver's quickest time in qualifying, while each driver's second quickest time is taken to set the grid for race two. The first of the two 13 lap races will start at 09.45 on Saturday and the second at 08.30 on Sunday. All times are local CET.

-source: fbmw eu

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Jack Harvey , Javier Tarancon , Robin Frijns
Teams DAMS