Dalziel wraps up pole with lap record Ryan Dalziel made a clean sweep of both today's Toyota Atlantic practice and qualifying sessions ahead of tomorrow's Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix at Fundidora Park, Monterrey. The series leader continued...
Dalziel wraps up pole with lap record
Ryan Dalziel made a clean sweep of both today's Toyota Atlantic practice and qualifying sessions ahead of tomorrow's Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix at Fundidora Park, Monterrey. The series leader continued to stamp his authority on proceedings as he set the fastest time in this afternoon's second qualifying session, touring the 2.1-mile circuit in 1m24.753s, claiming pole position for the 32-lap race and another championship point.
Dalziel's qualifying time, in addition to securing a second straight pole start for the 22-year-old Scot, rounded off an impressive couple of days for the #28 ProWorks Sierra Sierra Enterprises pilot. Fastest in both of Friday's timed sessions, Ryan had already guaranteed himself a front-row start before his rich vein of form carried over into this morning's practice session where he posted a lap sixth tenths of a second faster than Jon Fogarty in second.
Dalziel subsequently set a new lap record with his final qualifying time, beating Luis Diaz's previous record by two tenths while extending his lead of the series to nine (36-27) courtesy of scoring both bonus points.
"So far so good," commented Ryan after qualifying. "I can't ask for a better starting position and given our performance over the course of the weekend I have to believe things are looking good for tomorrow. The car's good and I think if we can get through the first corner without incident then we should be in a strong position."
He continued, "Hopefully we'll not have as many caution periods as Long Beach last month. I'm hoping that if I can get away cleanly and pull out a lead I'll be able to save my tires just in case the yellows make an appearance later in the race! We know we've got a good package and I'm looking forward to racing here tomorrow."
With a second place podium finish in Monterrey on his series debut in 2002 Ryan's hoping to go one better at Fundidora Park tomorrow and add to his Round 1 victory from Long Beach.
Sunday's race, Round 2 of the 12-race Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama, starts at 1:30pm Eastern Time. Further details and full timing results can be found on: www.toyotaatlantic.com