Estoril: Salvador Duran qualifying report

SALVADOR DURAN EXPECTS ANOTHER GOOD RESULT IN A1 GP IN PORTUGAL ESTORIL, Portugal (October 22, 2005).- After the podium achieved in the A1 Grand Prix Series Round One, Telmex-backed driver Salvador Duran hopes to score another good result in his...

SALVADOR DURAN EXPECTS ANOTHER GOOD RESULT IN A1 GP IN PORTUGAL

ESTORIL, Portugal (October 22, 2005).- After the podium achieved in the A1 Grand Prix Series Round One, Telmex-backed driver Salvador Duran hopes to score another good result in his return to the Series in the two Sunday's races that correspond to the World Cup of Motorsport Round Three, to be held at the 4.36-Km. circuit of the Autodrome of Estoril, in Portugal.

Regarding his performance in qualifying sessions, Duran said: "In the first and second sessions I ran on used tyres. I went out to learn more about the circuit and the car, since it rained in the first day. I only used new tyres in the third session and I was fifth; if I have repeated my time in last qualifying, I would finish fifth. I was doing very well, I was one tenth faster, the track was better, but I made a mistake that cost me 1.6 seconds and we lost everything. I had a fifth place in my pocket and I dropped to 12th place. I didn't go off the track, what happened was that I've lost a lot of time in two turns and I've almost went off the circuit! I feel very disappointed for the result, but I'm relaxed. At the moment, my goal is to finish Sunday's races. I hope to do well, it's going to be difficult to avoid contacts starting from 12th place; the important thing is to pass Turn One, be smart and afterwards to receive the chequered flag. Here, a top five finish is extremely important, especially for the points."

"Friday was rainy and on Saturday it only rained in practice, in this one we were able to be seventh, but at the end we were in the top 10. During first qualifying session the track was still wet, but afterwards it dry out; hopefully on Sunday the races are held under dry conditions. The car is already fixed from Friday's transmission problems and we hope we can get a good result in both two races," Mexican Telmex-backed driver said.

The races will be broadcasted on Sunday, October 23 at noon (Mexico), on Televisa's Channel 4.

-www.escuderiatelmex.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Salvador Duran