ETCC: Estoril post-race quotes

DRIVER QUOTES AFTER THE RACES OF THE FIA EUROPEAN TOURING CAR CUP SUPER 2000 Ryan SHARP GR Asia, WINNER "I've had a fantastic first year in touring car racing and I think I have proved myself to a lot of people. It was unfortunate I didn't ...

DRIVER QUOTES AFTER THE RACES OF THE FIA EUROPEAN TOURING CAR CUP

SUPER 2000

Ryan SHARP GR Asia, WINNER
"I've had a fantastic first year in touring car racing and I think I have proved myself to a lot of people. It was unfortunate I didn't finish the year in the WTCC but the ETCC was a great chance to show what I could do. In qualifying we proved we were as quick as the other cars and the team worked hard to get the right set-up in the tricky conditions. People say it's an advantage driving a front wheel car in this weather but the GR Asia cars were so much faster than the rest of the front wheel drive cars it says a lot."

Emmet O'BRIEN GR Asia, 2nd classified
"Things have been difficult this year and it was a disappointment when my management made the decision I had to stop the WTCC. As Ryan (Sharp) said, this competition was the perfect opportunity to get back into a touring car. I had two excellent races and an excellent car all weekend, my thanks to the team for that. What edge did Ryan have? He made the right breaks at the right time and got good gaps which I couldn't close. Two second places is a great result for me at this stage in the season so I go away happy."

Tomas ENGSTRÖM Engström Motorsport, 3rd classified
"Yesterday we struggled with the car and only managed five laps with wet tyres. The Yokohama tyres are new to the team so we had to make some major adjustments to the ballast in order compensate. After Race 1 I knew I would have to push hard in Race 2 because the SEAT cars were so strong. Third place is a great result for me and I'm very pleased to be the best Swede!"

SUPER PRODUCTION

Alexander LVOV Golden Motors, WINNER
"As I predicted yesterday, things were not easy out there. I had a problem with my gearbox in Race 1 which caused difficulties when in 2nd gear. To fix the problem I kept one hand on the gear stick which left only one hand to steer with! In such wet conditions it is difficult to avoid making a little contact with other drivers. In Race 2 I clashed with Kulli and he dropped out, that's all I know. It means a lot to me and my career to have competed at this level."

Timur SADREDINOV Sport-Garage, 2nd classified
"It is only the second event I have done in my car. When we came here I wasn't sure how to steer it and we didn't have many set-up options. Due to these factors I made some mistakes but I knew I could be fast. It was a difficult weekend but an important one because I am just 17 years old and I am learning."

Janis HORELIKS JH Motorsport, 3rd classified
"It was brave for us to come here this weekend because the car is very old and we have done very little testing. However, the experience was worth it and it has been a very important step in my career; perhaps for moving to Super 2000 cars next year. I'm pretty sure it is the first time someone from the Baltic States has participated in a competition of this high level and we proved we can do well so I hope to see more in the future."

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