Montreal: Ryan Dalziel Friday notes

Dalziel shares lead with provisional pole Ryan Dalziel made his point today at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal as the Scottish ace claimed provisional pole position ahead of Sunday's 25-lap race - Round 11 of the 2004 Toyota ...

Dalziel shares lead with provisional pole

Ryan Dalziel made his point today at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal as the Scottish ace claimed provisional pole position ahead of Sunday's 25-lap race - Round 11 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship.

In topping the timesheets, with a hot lap of 1m34.187s round the 2.709-mile circuit, the 22-year-old scored a welcome championship point, the importance of which cannot be underestimated as it caps a valiant fight back in the championship battle allowing Ryan to tie the lead of the series with Jon Fogarty, both racers on 261 points heading into tomorrow's final qualifying session.

Dalziel unwillingly surrendered the lead of the series back in June following disappointing outings in Monterrey and Milwaukee but a second-half surge, incorporating three wins in five starts, has allowed the Sierra Sierra Enterprises pilot to eradicate his American rival's lead. The title protagonists, with four wins apiece, know that the outcome of Sunday's race will be crucial to their respective championship challenges with Round 12 concluding the season at Laguna Seca in two weeks time.

Ryan's provisional pole winning time, in addition to guaranteeing him a front-row start on Sunday, was a tenth of a second faster than his team-mate and home favorite Andrew Ranger and three tenths clear of Fogarty in third.

Not one to rest on his laurels Ryan's target for tomorrow is simply to wrap up pole position in the second and final session and claim the bonus point to lead the series outright starting Sunday's race.

Speaking following this afternoon's qualifying session Ryan reflected:

"It's been a great start to the weekend. The team has worked hard to claw back the ground we lost in the title battle and sharing the lead today is a just reward. I was confident we could challenge for the pole position and I was driving every lap like a championship lap. It helps keep me motivated and with Andrew starting as the local favorite I have even more incentive to keep pushing and lead from the front."

Sunday's race, Round 11 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship - the Molson Indy Montreal, is scheduled to start at 11am Eastern Time. Full event details and live timings from Saturday's final qualifying session as well as Sunday's race will be available online at www.toyotaatlantic.com

-www.ryandalziel.com

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , Gilles Villeneuve , Andrew Ranger