TEAM AUSTRALIA AIMS TO KEEP CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN TACT Since making his debut in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, Simon Pagenaud and Team Australia have stamped their mark on the rejuvenated category as one of the combinations to beat. All...
TEAM AUSTRALIA AIMS TO KEEP CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN TACT
Since making his debut in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, Simon Pagenaud and Team Australia have stamped their mark on the rejuvenated category as one of the combinations to beat.
All year Pagenaud has worked at pegging back Andreas Wirth's championship lead, but since claiming the ascendancy in the series points at the last round in Toronto, Pagenaud has turned from the chaser to the chased.
The Frenchman is confident that he can maintain his series lead this weekend in the eighth round of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship on the Edmonton street circuit in Canada. Pagenaud and the Team Australia crew have worked hard over the past two weeks to ensure that Pagenaud's Aussie Vineyards Swift will have the set-up needed to run at the front on the fast circuit.
Australian young gun James Davison will also be out to impress this weekend. The Victorian is continuing his learning experience in the tough Atlantic category and continues to impress the Team Australia engineers with his improvement from round to round.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY
SIMON PAGENAUD - #15 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS SWIFT
"We, the team, have had a lot of discussion on what we can do to make improvements to the car for Edmonton," said Pagenaud.
"From what I've seen the track looks like Cleveland and I'm really enthusiastic about it because we were pretty fast there. Since this is my first time to Edmonton I've been watching a lot of tapes and the onboard camera footage and I feel that the circuit should suit my driving style pretty well which helps my confidence level.
"The track looks really bumpy so it will be important for me to be fast in the last corner so I can have a straight line speed, because that looks like it will be the most difficult part for me. The team has worked a lot with the dampers, which will help. I feel really prepared and am very excited for the race."
JAMES DAVISON - #5 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS SWIFT
"I feel very prepared and am looking forward to Edmonton," said Davison.
"I've talked to Derrick (Walker) and he has given me a lot of good advice so that I can get different aspects of the track that can help me move forward with my performance. It's helped me to sort out the nuts and bolts and to dissect the whole picture so that I can be quick on track and off track with my engineer.
"I feel confident that I can take myself to the next level and end with a positive result. It's just a matter of piecing everything together. I have been watching past races and tapes which have helped me to focus on what I need to accomplish for Edmonton."
DERRICK WALKER - TEAM AUSTRALIA CO-OWNER "Edmonton is one of the best tracks we go to on the circuit," said Walker.
"The layout is great for the spectators and the fans in Edmonton are really supportive of open-wheel racing and support the race very well. We had a pretty good car there last year. It was our first year with the Lola, so we were on a steep learning curve, but as I recall Edmonton was one of our better events, so let's hope history repeats itself.
"If we have the car pretty close for all four drivers, then Edmonton will suit them all very well. I really think if we can recapture some of the magic from last year in the set-up then the drivers will really maximise on it quite well this year."