Macau Guia Friday practice

GUIA FRIDAY (19/11) FREE PRACTICE Weather: Sunny BARTELS SETS BLISTERING PACE German Michael Bartels marked himself out as clear favourite for the Macau Guia race when he dominated Friday morning's free practice session. The Audi driver made...

GUIA FRIDAY (19/11) FREE PRACTICE Weather: Sunny

BARTELS SETS BLISTERING PACE

German Michael Bartels marked himself out as clear favourite for the Macau Guia race when he dominated Friday morning's free practice session. The Audi driver made full use of a new set of tyres to outpace his Italian team-mate Max Angelelli by more than two seconds, but he refused to take anything for granted ahead of final qualifying.

"It was a promising time, but I was on a new set of tyres," he said. "The tyres are quite difficult to get the best out of and you cannot go at 100 per cent on your first flying lap. I am, of course, happy with the gap at the front but it is so easy when you are not under so much pressure to feel relaxed and make a mistake."

Angelelli was much happier with his performance during the session and was especially looking forward to using new tyres in qualifying. "I am still improving my driving because the Audi is a much more difficult car to get used to than the Toyota I drove last year," he said. "I was still using the same set of tyres as yesterday, so I've got new sets for qualifying and the race." ----------------------------------- Hong Kong's Charles Kwan was another driver looking forward to using new tyres in qualifying. The BMW driver set his third quickest time in the closing stages of the session and was confident he could hold onto his postion on the second row of the grid. "The car is feeling better and I am still using old tyres, so I am quite happy with the pace we managed this morning," he explained. ----------------------------------- Australian Paul Morris was still trying to improve front-end grip on his BMW despite setting the fourth fastest time. "It's been a relatively trouble free weekend so far, despite the incident with the BMW yesterday," he said. "We will probably make some changes to get some better grip at the front of the car, but I am pretty happy" ----------------------------------- Volvo's Henry Lee Jnr was much happier with his car as his team experimented with a new compound tyre. "We had problems getting the car started early on in the session, which meant I joined the track quite late, but after that there were no problems despite my crash yesterday," he said. "We are now on the same compound of tyres as the Audi and BMW teams, so I'm aiming to get on the second row." ----------------------------------- Several drivers hit the barriers as they tried to improve their lap times ahead of final qualifying. Australian Mike Newton badly damaged the front of his Vauxhall Vectra after crashing into the wall, while Japan's Masanori Sekiya suffered a puncture and brushed the barriers on the main straight.

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Drivers Michael Bartels , Max Angelelli , Mike Newton , Paul Morris , Charles Kwan