CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Team Australia Saturday report

TAG GRABS TOP SIX IN MONTREAL QUALIFYING Aussie Vineyard's Alex Tagliani will join an all-Canadian third row tomorrow after today's final qualifying session for the latest round of the Champ Car World Series, the Molson Indy Montreal. Tagliani...

TAG GRABS TOP SIX IN MONTREAL QUALIFYING

Aussie Vineyard's Alex Tagliani will join an all-Canadian third row tomorrow after today's final qualifying session for the latest round of the Champ Car World Series, the Molson Indy Montreal.

Tagliani suffered a brake problem in the final practice session before qualifying, but completed the final session with a time of 1:21.160 -- significantly quicker than yesterday's session where he was sidelined with damaged suspension.

The Montreal native will line up alongside fellow Canadian Paul Tracy on the third row.

Tagliani's Team Australia Lola also battled a radio problem in the final qualifying session.

Aussie Team-mate Marcus Marshall improved by nearly 1.5 seconds from yesterday's opening qualifying session, but the speed increase was not enough for him to hold his 13th spot on the provisional grid.

Marshall will start 18th in tomorrow's 79 lap event on the Gilles Villenevue circuit which also plays host to the annual Canadian F1 Grand Prix.

ALEX TAGLIANI -- AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA #15
POSITION: 6th
TIME: 1:21.160

"I am a little disappointed but the top six is a good place to start although we were expecting a little more. Myself and the Aussie Vineyards team just couldn't get the last little bit of speed out of the Lola. We had a brake problem in the practice session before qualifying which lost a bit of time and the radio also wasn't working properly, but the guys did a brilliant job as always to tackle those issues quickly. Obviously our aim is to grab a spot on the podium tomorrow -- it would be great to do that in my home town. I consider myself very lucky to be able to race in Champ Car and even luckier that there are three Canadian races and one here right at home for me. It is an extremely busy week for me as I am sure it will be at my other home race on the Gold Coast in Australia."

MARCUS MARSHALL -- AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA #5
POSITION: 18th
TIME: 1:23.266

"There is a lot more rubber down and the times began to tumble today but I didn't get enough speed out of the Aussie Vineyards car as I would have liked. I felt I drove a lot better today and put in some good laps, but that isn't represented on the time sheet. I was a second and a half quicker in today's qualifying but we needed some more speed. As the grip levels have gone up it has changed the car quite a bit which has made it quite hard to put a lap together. We will be looking to make some big changes for the race because the grip levels will continue to rise I was trying to drive around an understeer problem in qualifying by braking late into the corner and carrying the braking to the apex, but that then caused it to oversteer because it was unsettled under brakes."

DERRICK WALKER -- CO-OWNER "Considering everything we threw at the car in that session, I am reasonably pleased with a top six result but I think we left a little bit on the table. There is a lot more time in the car which we haven't discovered, so we still have a bit of work to do before the race tomorrow. The brake problem was a distraction we didn't need, but it really didn't impact on us too much. That one extra run would certainly have been a help, but it wouldn't have made the difference to put us where we wanted to be at the front. We still have some work to do on the Lola to get it better under braking here at Montreal."

CRAIG GORE -- CO-OWNER "Both the guys are not as happy as we they would like, but both are very determined for tomorrow's race. This week in Montreal has been outstanding for our Australian sponsors and supporters with the level of media exposure. Tag is certainly a popular boy in this town and he has been working very hard during the week with media commitments. This is another great event for the Champ Car World Series and gives us a bit of an insight as to what we can expect in regards to exposure at the Lexmark Indy 300. Team Australia continues to make its mark on this championship and the level of interest in our team is very pleasing."

WHAT IS AUSSIE VINEYARDS/TEAM AUSTRALIA? Australia will again play host to the Champ Car World Series on the streets of Surfers Paradise for the Lexmark Indy 300 from October 20-23. This year will be the first year in the event's history that a full-time Australian team will compete for glory on home soil.

-team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Marcus Marshall