Long Beach: Dalziel Saturday quaifying notes

Dalziel clinches pole for season opener Scotland's Ryan Dalziel will start tomorrow's season opening Toyota Atlantic race from pole position courtesy of his dominant performance in yesterday's qualifying session. Dalziel blitzed the opposition...

Dalziel clinches pole for season opener

Scotland's Ryan Dalziel will start tomorrow's season opening Toyota Atlantic race from pole position courtesy of his dominant performance in yesterday's qualifying session. Dalziel blitzed the opposition by sixth tenths of a second in Friday qualifying to guarantee himself a championship point and a front-row starting slot.

Today's final session on the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit failed to produce faster lap times as a result of a damp track and mixed overhead conditions, a stark contrast to yesterday's Californian sunshine!

Ryan's fastest time this afternoon, 1m29.706s, was beaten by 2002 series champion Jon Fogarty in the dying seconds of the session with a 1m29.689s but the 22-year-old Scot's stunning lap time from first qualifying on Friday duly secured pole for the #28 ProWorks Sierra Sierra Enterprises entry.

While disappointed to miss out on collecting another championship point for fastest lap today Dalziel was content with the overall effort to secure his fourth career Toyota Atlantic pole position:

"I'm delighted for the team that we've secured pole here in Long Beach. We've been at the very top throughout the weekend, whether the track's been wet or dry, so I'm confident no matter what conditions we face tomorrow I have a car that I know will be competitive. I said yesterday I was going to go for it again this afternoon to clinch the extra point but with track conditions being very different this time out it was always going to be a case of fastest lap falling to the guy on the pace at the flag. I was right up there so it's a little frustrating to lose out right at the end but we're in great shape for tomorrow and that's what really counts."

Round 1 of the 12-race Toyota Atlantic Championship starts tomorrow, Sunday (18th April), at 10:30am Pacific Time. Further details and live timing can be found on: www.toyotaatlantic.com

-rdr-

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty