CHAMPCAR/CART: Mont-Tremblant: Team Australia Saturday notes

POWER EARNS FRONT ROW START IN MONT TREMBLANT Team Australia's Will Power has earned his fourth front row starting position for the season by topping qualifying at the Mont Tremblant circuit in Quebec, Canada today. Times from yesterday's ...

POWER EARNS FRONT ROW START IN MONT TREMBLANT

Team Australia's Will Power has earned his fourth front row starting position for the season by topping qualifying at the Mont Tremblant circuit in Quebec, Canada today.

Times from yesterday's opening qualifying session were not threatened as wet conditions descended on the spectacular 2.65-mile (4.26-kilometre) circuit. However, Champ Car rules dictate that the fastest driver on each day of qualifying is guaranteed a front row start, making today's session a wet-weather shootout.

Power was the class of the field today in the wet in the #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01, setting a time of 1:20.943, ahead of Justin Wilson and Sebastien Bourdais. Tristan Gommendy retains pole position as a result of finishing fastest in yesterday's dry qualifying session.

Unfortunately the rain meant that Power's team-mate Simon Pagenaud was unable to improve the position of the #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01. As a result the Frenchman will start seventh in tomorrow's sixth round of the Champ Car World Series.

Earlier today Pagenaud was third and Power fifth in practice, which was held in dry conditions.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"I knew the last lap would be the quickest," said Power.

"Every lap before that was just trying things. I just put a whole lap together at the end there.

"We really needed to start on the front row this weekend because we had such a bad weekend last weekend, and also at Portland not such a good one. We're really after a win."

Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"It was an unfortunate situation for us today," said Pagenaud.

"On the dry part of the track the car felt exactly the way I needed, so it added a little bit more pressure and a little more frustration at the end because the car was great.

"We were up on the last, great lap and I knew I could do it, but we had rain in the last sector and unfortunately I lost it in some of the corners because it was wet and I couldn't make it at the end.

"We did a good job. The only frustration is that we start P7 and I don't think that's our position this weekend, because Team Australia has been doing a great job and we were up there all weekend, but unfortunately in the last qualifying session we were not able to close the deal.

"There are those weekends that things won't go your way, we will see tomorrow and we will do the best race that we can."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Literally every lap was a lap to go after right at the end there, because the track was changing so quickly," said Walker.

"Will had the speed to get around it and he did it when it counted and the end result was to get on front row, which was well deserved.

"I feel sorry for Simon, because he was close to doing even better than that and he just didn't get that lap in the end there. It was a real close thing there, he's got a good car and he's not in bad shape, although I know he doesn't feel that way right now, he's feeling pretty short changed, but it's one of those wet dry situations and whoever is up there wins the prize and Will got it today."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"What an outstanding effort from Will and the entire team to get on the front row," said Gore.

"Will is a standout driver in all conditions and today he showed that by being the fastest car in the wet. That has got him onto the front row and he now has a very good chance for the race.

"Simon was unfortunately destined to start from seventh as soon as the rain fell unless he could get pole, which his team-mate ultimately got. I'm sure with patience and smart pit strategy he can move forward tomorrow."

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , Tristan Gommendy , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud