Dalziel seeks return to form The 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship remains in Canada this weekend but heads west following the last round on the streets of Toronto. Vancouver has the honor of hosting the second of three Canadian Toyota ...
Dalziel seeks return to form
The 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship remains in Canada this weekend but heads west following the last round on the streets of Toronto. Vancouver has the honor of hosting the second of three Canadian Toyota Atlantic excursions, Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th July, with the 1.781-mile temporary street circuit back on the schedule following a two-year absence.
For Scotland's Ryan Dalziel, currently sitting second in the title chase to America's Jon Fogarty, this weekend's outing will hopefully provide an opportunity to put the memories of a disappointing run in Toronto behind him.
Having qualified 6th in the #28 ProWorks entry, his second lowest starting position of the year, the 22-year-old Scot then battled with an ill-handling car but successfully held sixth place to the chequered flag. Dalziel's solid finish and the points awarded allowed him to retain second place in the point standings and crucially remain in the hunt for the 2004 Toyota Atlantic title with five races left.
Ryan's season already boasts two victories, Long Beach and Cleveland, one second place, three pole positions and three fastest race laps. A win in Vancouver would be welcomed by the Orlando-based Sierra Sierra Enterprises racer.
"I'm looking forward to the challenges of this weekend," Dalziel remarked. "The track is new to pretty much the entire field and none of us have experience of racing an Atlantic car round Vancouver. That will make our practice sessions even more important as once again the constraints of a temporary street circuit will make the qualifying sessions crucial to the outcome of the race. We need to ensure the set-up's bang on heading into qualifying."
He continued, "I'm hoping what happened a couple of weeks ago was just a blip on our progress. It was frustrating to have been so dominant in Cleveland just a week before to then being so far off the pace and struggling in every session in Toronto. Let's see if we can show our true potential on the streets of Vancouver!"
Sunday's 38-lap Molson Indy Vancouver race, Round 8 of the 12-race 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship, is scheduled to start at 10:30am Pacific Time. Live timings and results will be available on - www.toyotaatlantic.com