ALAIN MENU TO START FROM SECOND ROW Huff In Seventh; Larini In 19th; Orido In 21st OKAYAMA - Qualifying for tomorrow's Okayama WTCC round saw Chevrolet's Alain Menu finish in a very competitive fourth fastest place, while world title...
ALAIN MENU TO START FROM SECOND ROW
Huff In Seventh; Larini In 19th; Orido In 21st
OKAYAMA - Qualifying for tomorrow's Okayama WTCC round saw Chevrolet's Alain Menu finish in a very competitive fourth fastest place, while world title challenger Rob Huff qualified his Lacetti in seventh. Nicola Larini was unfortunate to see his fastest lap aborted after a car had gone off in the last corner, while local hero Max Orido improved his performance dramatically.
On the twisty, narrow and very technical Okayama International Circuit, near the city of Mimosaka, qualifying was essential for tomorrow's races, as overtaking will be even more difficult than at the other tracks visited so far, so Menu and Huff were both quite pleased with their performances.
Alain Menu (4th): "My first lap was good, but I knew there was still a tenth or two to be found somewhere. Then on my second lap the car suddenly snapped into oversteer in Turn 2, so that put paid to that effort. But it's good to start fourth with a genuine possibility of finishing on the podium."
Rob Huff (7th): "It was a difficult session, with the track coming and going, but overall I'm pretty pleased with my performance. I'm just two tenths off Alain who is running a lot lighter, so I'm quite happy with being seventh on the grid. It is also good to be behind Stefano D'Aste on the grid as he hopefully will try to move up and maybe create some space for me to follow him through. If not, I hope to get as many points as possible in race 1."
Nicola Larini (19th): "I had an unlucky qualifying session, I'm afraid. The track was better than it was in free practice this morning and I had more grip as well, which should have put me in the top ten. But unfortunately a yellow was waved when a car had gone off in the last corner on my fastest lap. It won't be easy to finish in the points tomorrow but I will try as hard as I can. Never say never."
Max Orido (21st): "I'm very happy with my result today. I found a second between this morning's sessions and qualifying, and again managed to close the gap to the leaders as well as to the other Chevrolets. I'm now only two tenths slower than Nic so that's quite pleasing."