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Catalunya: Racing Engineering qualifying report

Three is a magic number Racing Engineering were given a lift by their local fans in Barcelona, and responded in the best way they could: Adam Carroll put his car in third place for tomorrow's race with the best qualifying result for the team so...

Three is a magic number Racing Engineering were given a lift by their local fans in Barcelona, and responded in the best way they could: Adam Carroll put his car in third place for tomorrow's race with the best qualifying result for the team so far this year.

This morning's practice session was run under wet conditions for the first time this year, and with so many other drivers running off track both Adam and Javier Villa started the session conservatively, driving within themselves and pushing slowly forward as the clock rolled down. By the end of the session Adam was a second off the top spot in seventh, with Javi just four tenths back in fourteenth, but more importantly both men kept their cars intact and on track. Between practice and qualifying the sun came out and dried the track, leaving everyone to sort out their set up as best as they could during qualifying.

Adam was immediately on the pace and was an early polesitter, but his time was chipped away by championship contenders Lewis Hamilton (who lost his time under yellow flags), Nelson Piquet and Alex Premat. Adam lines up third, just half a second off pole. Further back and Javi was struggling with his brakes and yellow flags: without a clear lap he was unable to show what he was capable of, and will line up on the back row in the race tomorrow.

There were mixed feelings for team principal Alfonso de Orleans after the session, when he stated: "Obviously I have to say well done to Adam; he did a fantastic job today and got the best out of the car the boys gave him. When I say well done, I think it was exactly what we expected from him by now; he showed why he's here. John Gentry and the team have done a lot of hard work with all the pressure of a local race on their shoulders, and this is their reward. As for Javi, it was a shame because he showed this morning that he can be close to Adam on a track he knows, but he had a problem with the brakes and was desperately unlucky with the traffic; it was a real shame."

Adam Carroll was delighted with his performance today, noting: "Qualifying was really good today, and it was a little step further up from last weekend. The changes we made on the car were positive, and I think it was the right way to go. It's still hard to know how it's going to go in the race; obviously you're always slower in the race because the tyres aren't new and you're carrying more fuel, but it's going to be interesting because I don't really know what to expect!"

Teammate Javier Villa was obviously disappointed after the session, when he stated: "In qualifying it was quite difficult because there were too many yellow flags, red flags and accidents all the time, and I had a little problem with the brakes too, so that didn't help. Tomorrow will be different: the car for tomorrow will be really good, and I will be able to push just like in the Nurburgring. I know the track, and for qualifying I thought it would be better, but tomorrow is another day, and I'm sure it will be better."

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Series GP2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Nelson Piquet , Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering