Oriol Servia landed the ride with PKV Racing in the just hours prior to the Champ Car World Series teams arrival in Australia for the penultimate round on the circuit in Surfers Paradise, and yet he showcased, again, his skill and talent by...
Oriol Servia landed the ride with PKV Racing in the just hours prior to the Champ Car World Series teams arrival in Australia for the penultimate round on the circuit in Surfers Paradise, and yet he showcased, again, his skill and talent by scoring the fastest time in the first round of qualifying, taking the provisional pole.
Servia clocked his best flyer at 1:30.862 (110.739mph) to score one bonus point and a guaranteed front row starting position. "It was a one-lap shootout at the end. Couldn't have more drama."
"It was great. It was a great effort from the team. Although I just changed teams, it's the same crew I worked with last year, same engineer," Servia added. "It kind of started quite easy. The car was quite good in the morning practice also, just behind Justin. We knew we had a good car. In qualifying it's all about putting a good lap together. It was becoming very hard."
Second today was the racer who would like to have both the pole and the race win in his homeland race: Team Australia's Will Power was a mere 0.033 seconds slower with a time of 1:30.895 (110.699mph).
"Yeah, we had the car speed. We were plenty quick enough. We just had a mixed session. The first run, it was a reasonable lap time," commented Power. "Obviously on my last lap of that run, I was a 10th up. So, yeah, nothing we can do about it. We'll come back tomorrow and have a shot at pole."
Fastest in both practices prior to the 30 minutes of flying laps was Justin Wilson. The RuSPORT racer laid down a 1:31.365 (110.130mph). "The #9 CDW car was working good. I was feeling very comfortable. The session right before qualifying, we went out and did a time that came pretty easily, so I was very confident," said the Brit. "When it came down to the real deal in qualifying, I just wasn't feeling quite as good. Couldn't get into a rhythm."
The second round of qualifying will set the starting lineup for Sunday's race. The drivers will make their attempts tomorrow at 12:30am (EDT).