TEAM AUSTRALIA HANG TOUGH ON A BITTERSWEET DAY IN EDMONTON Team Australia has endured a tough day in opening qualifying for Round 8 of the Champ Car World Series in Edmonton, Canada today. Australian Will Power was a fantastic fifth fastest in...
TEAM AUSTRALIA HANG TOUGH ON A BITTERSWEET DAY IN EDMONTON
Team Australia has endured a tough day in opening qualifying for Round 8 of the Champ Car World Series in Edmonton, Canada today.
Australian Will Power was a fantastic fifth fastest in first practice, but a crash in second practice sidelined the #5 Aussie Vineyards Lola. Power, currently the leader of the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year standings, spun coming through the final chicane and slid across the infield grass and into a tyre barrier.
The damage sustained to the Aussie Vineyards Lola was sufficient to rule Power out of today's qualifying session, but Team Australia is confident of having Power back on track for tomorrow's final qualifying session.
Alex Tagliani finished in 11th on home soil, the Team Australia driver hoping for a better showing tomorrow in the #15 Aussie Vineyards Lola. But the experienced driver, who currently lies fourth in the Champ Car World Series, realises that it is still early days and will work hard with the Team Australia engineers to improve the car for tomorrow.
As always, Team Australia possesses a never-say-die attitude and the Aussie Vineyards squad will work hard overnight to repair Power's car and ensure that both Team Australia cars are on the pace for tomorrow's final qualifying session.
Defending series champion Sebastien Bourdais was fastest in today's opening qualifying in Edmonton. Former champion Paul Tracy was second and Bourdais's Newman Haas team-mate Bruno Junqueira of third.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
WILL POWER -- #5 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA
"It's really unfortunate what happened today in qualifying, because we were running really well this morning," said Power.
"I hit a bump and it upset the rear and turned me into a massive spin and it went around like you wouldn't believe, then I hit the wall.
"We had a really good car, and I just have to rest up tonight and build on that for tomorrow."
ALEX TAGLIANI -- #15 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA
"Coming to Canada, my home, I was expecting to do really well," said Tagliani.
"I really enjoy this track, it's challenging and I feel confident on the track but unfortunately we are struggling compared to last year.
"We are not going to give up -- Team Australia never gives up. In Toronto we were in a pretty difficult position and pulled through. We need to make the best out of it for tomorrow and try to get better and I know that we can."
DERRICK WALKER -- TEAM AUSTRALIA CO-OWNER
"We're not really sure what happened to Will's car at the moment," said Walker.
"The car was very good but it just got loose over the bumps on that second lap at the fastest part of the track where you are turning at high speeds, so worse case scenario, it sort of spat him off the track quite fast.
"In terms of the car, we know what we have to do. Getting the car fixed up, swapping the chassis and getting it back on track for tomorrow is a lot of work for the guys, but I think we know where we need to be.
"Alex drove a different kind of car to Will today and clearly what we've seen is what Will car likes, Alex doesn't like, so we need to go back to where we were with last year's set-up, which is a different direction to where we are right now, and see if that get Alex back on the map."
CRAIG GORE -- TEAM AUSTRALIA CO-OWNER
"Today was not the greatest day for the team in terms of results, but 'when the going gets tough, the tough get going'," said Gore.
"Everyone at Team Australia takes pride in never giving up and putting in what is necessary when there is work to do. It was unfortunate that Will had a crash and missed qualifying but he was fast in first practice, so he just needs to put the crash behind him and focus on tomorrow.
"I am confident that the team will get the Will's car ready for tomorrow, just as they did for Alex in Toronto.
"Alex didn't quite have the car set-up to challenge the top five today, but he and the team will try again tomorrow. I am confident that he will have the Aussie Vineyards car better for final qualifying."