Denver: Team Australia Friday notes

TEAM AUSTRALIA PAIR SIXTH AND 12TH ON OPENING DAY IN DENVER Team Australia Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and James Davison have made a solid start to the Grand Prix of Denver by finishing sixth and 12th in provisional qualifying in Colorado...

TEAM AUSTRALIA PAIR SIXTH AND 12TH ON OPENING DAY IN DENVER

Team Australia Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and James Davison have made a solid start to the Grand Prix of Denver by finishing sixth and 12th in provisional qualifying in Colorado today.

Pagenaud, who currently leads the Atlantic Championship standings, was sixth fastest in opening qualifying after finishing opening practice fourth fastest in the 25-car field.

Davison performed well at the Denver street circuit last season in Formula BMW USA competition and that experience has put the young Australian in a good position to challenge for the top 10 this weekend. The Victorian racer finished the first qualifying session in 12th and only one second from provisional polesitter Graham Rahal.

Both Team Australia Atlantic drivers are confident that their cars can be improved for tomorrow's qualifying session, but with the possibility of rain tomorrow in Denver, Pagenaud and Davison may not get the chance to improve their positions.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards/Location U Swift

"First of all the car was good on old tyres," said Pagenaud.

"We had a good balance and were P2, which was not so far from P1, but when we put new tyres on nothing happened. The car was not as good as it was before with the new tyres. I just tried to do my best and at least we came with P6.

"I love this track, it's great the only thing we need to do is make these new tyres work on this track and we should be good."

James Davison -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Swift

"We definitely struggled with a lot of understeer and front grip out there today," said Davison.

"Tonight we will make some changes to get the car going better for tomorrow. It could rain tomorrow, which would save our positions for today. I would have liked to have been a tenth quicker, which would have put me in the top ten, but that's the way it is, red flags called us out at times."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"We are not quite as well as we would like to be," said Walker.

"James did a good job and had a bit of traffic issues, but basically he has more or less of the same handling problems as Simon and we need to work on that to get to where we need to be.

"So we are not as entirely happy with our qualifying session so far for both guys."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"To have two cars in the top 12 in a championship as competitive as this is pleasing," said Gore.

"I'm sure the Team Australia Atlantic cars have something left for final qualifying tomorrow, especially Simon, who is focussed on winning Team Australia's first championship this season.

"James is gaining experienced and confidence with every round and I know that Denver is a track he has identified as one where he will really be pushing hard for a good result."

-credit: team australia

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Graham Rahal , James Davison , Simon Pagenaud