Wickens Claims Second Row Start for Mont-Tremblant Atlantic Race MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec -- Fickle weather conditions can spell trouble for even the most experienced teams in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, but the Red Bull Team...
Wickens Claims Second Row Start for Mont-Tremblant Atlantic Race
MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec -- Fickle weather conditions can spell trouble for even the most experienced teams in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, but the Red Bull Team Forsythe squad dealt well with two separate showers during today's final round of Qualifying for Sunday's Champ Car Mont-Tremblant Atlantic race. 18-year old Toronto high school student Robert Wickens led the way early in the session in damp conditions and as the track dried the Red Bull Junior Team driver continued to set quick laps, never falling lower than third spot on the leaderboard.
A setup compromised for the changing conditions and a sudden shower with a few minutes left in the session eventually resulted in Wickens being unable to improve from third quickest time of the day. He'll start from the fourth spot on the grid due to first-day pole winner Rafael Matos claiming an automatic front row starting spot despite Wickens being quicker than the championship points leader.
Wicken's teammate John Edwards continued a frustrating stretch of events as the 16-year old from Little Rock, Arkansas struggled with an overall lack of grip in the drying conditions. Despite being as high as second spot early in the session when the track was very damp, Edwards gradually fell down the order as the track dried and will start from 15th spot on the 24-car grid.
Robert Wickens #3 Red Bull / INDECK
"My hat's off to the team for sure; they found a few things since the morning practice and the car was nice and balanced. I like the damp conditions and kept looking at the sky and hoping the rain would increase early in the session when John and I were 1-2 on the leaderboard but the sun came out and we lost a little of our edge. But you have to make some guesses on setup when the weather is changing and we came out with a good spot for the race."
John Edwards #7 Red Bull / INDECK
"We rolled the dice and went with a softer setup for the rain, but then the sun came out and we kind of knew there wasn't much we could do. The car has pretty good balance but we just lacked overall grip. I think the car will be good for the race and this is a great driving track so I'm just going to have to put my head down and try to move up and score some points."
The Champ Car Mont-Tremblant Atlantic Race gets underway Sunday at 11:30am local/ET (15:30 UTC) and can be seen live on ESPN360.com.