Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) -- P1, 1m 48.559s Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) -- P5, 1m 49.307s STELLAR LAP EARNS TURVEY POLE AHEAD OF SEASONAL FINALE, VALSECCHI FIFTH Oliver Turvey has qualified his iSport Dallara on pole position...
Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) -- P1, 1m 48.559s
Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) -- P5, 1m 49.307s
STELLAR LAP EARNS TURVEY POLE AHEAD OF SEASONAL FINALE, VALSECCHI FIFTH
Oliver Turvey has qualified his iSport Dallara on pole position for tomorrow's GP2 Series feature race at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi -- and his margin of superiority underlined that the championship's recent two-month break has done nothing to quell the Englishman's competitive spirit. His fastest lap put him almost half a second clear of his adversaries -- a huge advantage in a championship that is always closely fought. Team-mate Davide Valsecchi was in the thick of the battle just behind and lines up fifth.
"I really enjoyed that. The car felt good in free practice this morning and a few subtle changes yielded further improvements -- this was probably the best it has felt all year. My first run was quick, but I encountered slower traffic on my second lap and was unable to improve. That was frustrating, but I already knew the car was definitely good enough for pole and the track was clear for my second run, so I was able to capitalise. "I know this circuit well and have won at Yas Marina before, in GP2 Asia, but it's the first time I've driven the European-spec car here and the day really couldn't have gone any better. To take pole is one thing but to do it by such a large margin is quite another. I know I have the performance and I'm confident I can convert it into victory."
"I can't complain about my qualifying position, but obviously Oliver was able to get more from his car today and I need to sit down and study the data to understand why. I was quick through the first two sectors, but my performance tailed off a little in the third. It clearly isn't a major problem, but a little fine-tuning is required to enable me to challenge for victory. I have previously done well in races at Yas Marina and it's a circuit with several potential overtaking opportunities. I have used them to my advantage before and aim to do so again tomorrow."