Still third in the standings Bessette settles for fourth in Edmonton Edmonton, Canada, July 17. -- Antoine Bessette was not satisfied when he got out of the cockpit of the ...
Still third in the standings
Bessette settles for fourth in Edmonton
Edmonton, Canada, July 17. -- Antoine Bessette was not satisfied when he got out of the cockpit of the #3 Unik Auto Design car after 32 laps around the Finning International Speedway. Not because he finished 4th overall, a mere 0,1 of a second behind third place and another podium, but because he was not able to get the best out of his car in the race. Starting from second row, he was caught on the outside line and had to drop to fifth place. He recaptured fourth place by mid-race but wound up short of the podium in the late stages, unable to pass for third.
"I've been complaining since yesterday about the set of tires we got from Yokohama," argued Bessette. "They were very slippery again this morning in the warm-up and we considered starting with used tires. It was almost a coin toss but we kept the new ones only because the old ones had too many laps."
"At the start, I dropped to fifth because Tonis (Kasemets) and I were caught on the outside lane. It took me a while to pass him again because I was struggling with my tires. Then I concentrated on moving up to third but my car was all over the track and passing Andreas (Wirth) would have been a daring move. I settled for fourth even if I was in his gearbox on the last laps."
Very fast in the practices
It has become AB's trademark to post fast times in practices. Friday and Saturday, he repeated in Edmonton what he did in Toronto, this time on a wet or damp track. "I'd rather like to be fast in qualifying, he added. But this weekend, our problems started when we put on new tires. They probably didn't match with our setup but nonetheless, I was not able to lower my times after I posted the best time overall by mid-session on Friday."
Polestar, a happy team
Bessette finished fourth but the day belonged to Katherine Legge, who won handily her second race of the year. "I'm very happy for Katherine, cheered AB. She deserves a lot of credit for this win. In Long Beach, she moved in first when I was caught in traffic but this time she was the class of the field and she cleanly beat Charles (Zwolsman)."
Next round in San Jose
Bessette remains third in the season with 192 points and stays within reach of Tonis Kasemets (201) and Charles Zwolsman (216). Polestar Racing Group will head to California for another first-time event in San Jose in two weeks.
Next round of the 32nd season of the Toyota Atlantic championship will take place on July 29 to 31 in the streets of San Jose, on a 1,60-mile 11-turn temporary street course. Antoine Bessette will drive the Polestar Racing Group #3 UNIK Auto Design car.