RISI LOCK OUT GT2 QUALIFYING Bowmanville, Saturday, August 25th. It was a Risi Competizione front row lock out in GT2 qualifying today for tomorrow's ninth round of the 2007 American Le Mans Series at Mosport, Ontario. Jamie Melo, driving the...
RISI LOCK OUT GT2 QUALIFYING
Bowmanville, Saturday, August 25th. It was a Risi Competizione front row lock out in GT2 qualifying today for tomorrow's ninth round of the 2007 American Le Mans Series at Mosport, Ontario.
Jamie Melo, driving the no. 62 Ferrari 430 GT, set a best time of 1:17.841 (a new track record) to take pole position on just his second flying lap. Each time Melo has taken pole position this year (4 times), he has broken the existing track record.
He is joined on the GT2 front row by his team mate in car no. 61, Gianmaria Bruni. The Italian, who is now recovering from a bad gastric illness, set a time of 1:18.339, one tenth of a second ahead of the Petersen White Lightning Ferrari 430 in third position.
With weather conditions having been unpredictable and changeable for much of the last two days, there had been speculation in the morning whether the qualifying session would be wet or dry. As it turned out it was dry, and Melo and Bruno were the first two GT2 cars lined up at pit exit as the session started.
Jamie Melo: "It's my first time here at Mosport and I did not expect to be that quick, especially since we had a few handling problems in practice. I had some good lap times in qualifying, not just one lap but a lot of pretty consistent laps. We had a good car for qualifying and need to work a little bit more for the race. I like the track because it's very fast but there are particular corners which are not good for our car because of the lack of downforce and it's difficult to get a good line through them."
Gianmaria Bruni: "It was okay, a good lap, but I could have gone faster. I found traffic on my quick lap which cost me a couple of tenths of a second. I did my fastest lap on lap 6 and everyone else was between laps 2 and 4. But I'm happy especially compared to how I was feeling yesterday [Bruni has been suffering from a gastro-enteritis]. Today I feel 100% better so a big thank you to the staff at the Medical trailer because they have looked after me really well.
Giuseppe Risi: "Mosport is a track that has to be respected by the drivers. It's very fast and is not forgiving. Set up is extremely important, especially as the high speed corners can give the car a tendency to get loose at the rear end. We had a good race here last year so we're hoping to try and repeat that same success tomorrow."
-credit: Risi Competizione