Dalziel holds second in Championship chase Ryan Dalziel's Toyota Atlantic title aspirations remain in check despite a trying weekend in Toronto for Round 7 of the 12-race series. In what could only be described as a processional 35-lap race,...
Dalziel holds second in Championship chase
Ryan Dalziel's Toyota Atlantic title aspirations remain in check despite a trying weekend in Toronto for Round 7 of the 12-race series. In what could only be described as a processional 35-lap race, Ryan, who had qualified sixth, wrestled the #28 ProWorks car round the 1.755-mile street circuit to the same finishing position at the chequered flag.
While the Long Beach and Cleveland race victor was understandably disappointed with the outcome of today's race he can take comfort that he has retained second place in the Championship chase behind series leader and today's eventual winner Jon Fogarty. The American, with a five point lead over Dalziel heading into this race, now enjoys an 18-point advantage but with five events remaining the title is far from decided.
Life had looked a little more promising this morning for Ryan as he led a Sierra Sierra Enterprises team 1-2 at the top of the timesheets in final practice. Having fought a loose car throughout earlier sessions and both qualifying efforts it was hoped a better result might follow when the green flag waved the field off at the start of the race.
Unfortunately for the Scotsman it proved to be a false dawn as the handling issues which had dogged him throughout qualifying returned and he posted a sixth place finish with the top seven running order remaining static throughout the race. A couple of full-caution periods within the first third of the race failed to present Ryan with an opportunity to gain ground and as a result he tailed the top five to the flag.
"I have to focus on the positives,' remarked Dalziel after the race. "We've had a pretty poor weekend by team standards but the important thing is that I finished today and scored points. The car was a handful in the race but I kept off the walls and while I couldn't really challenge I wasn't passed either! I'm still second in the title fight and Vancouver's a clean sheet for all the teams so hopefully we can get to lead by example there!"
This weekend's Toronto race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Saturday 17th July at 11am Eastern. The Toyota Atlantic Championship now heads west to Vancouver for the second installment of Canadian action, Round 8, on 23-25th July.