MISFORTUNE FOR BRIDGMAN IN TORONTO RACE FOLLOWING STRONG QUALIFYING Toronto, Canada-10 July 2006: Tim Bridgman marked the mid-season of the Champ Car Atlantic series with his second-highest qualifying position of the year by putting his ...
MISFORTUNE FOR BRIDGMAN IN TORONTO RACE FOLLOWING STRONG QUALIFYING
Toronto, Canada-10 July 2006: Tim Bridgman marked the mid-season of the Champ Car Atlantic series with his second-highest qualifying position of the year by putting his #2 Epson Team Jensen car in seventh place on the grid in Toronto on Saturday.
The driver from Essex, England, said the qualifying result showed the potential pace was there for the remaining rounds of the season.
"This weekend has been a good learning experience, we have developed our street package well with a combination of hard work and good engineering and I believe we are now moving forward at a good rate," he said.
Unfortunately Bridgman was denied an opportunity to further demonstrate that hard work when he became one of the many victims the Toronto street circuit claimed in the first lap after the car ahead of him made contact with the car running in front; the resulting collision collected Bridgman in the process.
"It was a big shame being taken out of the race at turn one, especially as I had all my sponsors from Epson here this weekend. However they have been fantastic and, due to a good knowledge of motor racing's up-and-down nature, very understanding. Qualifying P7 I was looking for a strong podium finish which was definitely very possible although this weekend proved not to be on our side in terms of luck in the race."
Bridgman expressed his thanks to the team for their hard work and his sponsors for showing their support at the track: "It has been great to have their company this weekend."
The 21-year-old driver next races at Edmonton Canada on July 21 - 23.