GREAT EFFORT FROM TEAM AUSTRALIA ATLANTIC DRIVERS While Team Australia struggled in the opening qualifying session for this weekend's Champ Car race, that was not the case for the team's Champ Car Atlantic squad. At the end of the day...
GREAT EFFORT FROM TEAM AUSTRALIA ATLANTIC DRIVERS
While Team Australia struggled in the opening qualifying session for this weekend's Champ Car race, that was not the case for the team's Champ Car Atlantic squad.
At the end of the day Frenchman Simon Pagenaud sat on provisional pole and guaranteed himself at least a front-row start for Sunday's race.
Young Australian James Davison continued his rapid form improvement as he adapts more and more to his car and was an impressive seventh.
While Pagenaud will be looking to maintain his spot tomorrow, Davison is confident he can edge closer to his teammate in the final qualifying session.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY:
Simon Pagenaud #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards
"The track suited me perfectly, we found a very good balance on the car," said Pagenaud.
"It was a perfect qualifying, no trouble, no traffic, it was the perfect day. It was really hot on the track, the tires went away very quickly so you have to be very careful on your fast lap because it's not the other lap following, it was hard because there was a lot of pressure about that.
"In the end it was a good thing and we did it."
James Davison # 5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards
"I really enjoyed the track, it's a lot like Montreal with the chicane and the stop and go," said Davison, who has graduated from Formula BMW this year.
"You've got to find the right amount of entry speed to have your mid corner speed up and get on the power; it's such a fine line because if you have too much speed you can get out of shape.
"I drove the best I've ever had. I made a mistake on two of the laps, two tenths is the difference of me being in the top three. I'm positive I can drive better, I was sixth there at the end and I'm really happy. I want to build on what I've just done.
Derrick Walker - Team Australia Co-owner
"I think it was good all around effort on the whole team and drivers. It goes to show that the longer we go the stronger we get," said Walker.
"James made a huge improvement, I don't think we realize how big of a jump Formula BMW is to Atlantic and for James to do what he did today shows he has really come a long way.
" What can I say about Simon?, he's French, he's very fast and he shows it every weekend and today is no exception."
Craig Gore - Team Australia Co-owner "I think it's outstanding it's the beginning of a very good weekend for Australian motorsport," said Gore.
"James needs more of an open track, smoother, a more defined road course where he can let himself out a little bit. I think qualifying today was fantastic for him and for his supporters.
"To be on the front row of the grid is outstanding and is a credit to Derrick, Rob and the guys that made it happen, it makes me really proud."