Dalziel steals pole with last lap thriller 'Better late than never' may well become Ryan Dalziel's new motto as the Scottish race ace grabbed pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying ahead of tomorrow morning's street race in Vancouver,...
Dalziel steals pole with last lap thriller
'Better late than never' may well become Ryan Dalziel's new motto as the Scottish race ace grabbed pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying ahead of tomorrow morning's street race in Vancouver, Round 8 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship. Setting a new series qualifying record on the 1.781-mile temporary Canadian track, Dalziel's last lap effort of 1m09.036s was rewarded with his fourth pole position of the season and an extra championship point.
Fastest in this morning's 30-minute practice session, the Orlando-based Scot was optimistic for a repeat performance in final qualifying this afternoon. With lap times set to tumble pole position was up for grabs with the top spot protagonists coming in the form of Jon Fogarty and Ryan, first and second respectively in the 2004 title fight.
Dalziel was quickly up to speed in the Sierra Sierra Enterprises #28 ProWorks entry and he duly resumed his place at the top of the time sheets early in the session, quickly bettering yesterday's provisional pole time of 1m09.884s. The young Scot wasn't about to have it all his own way though as Fogarty once again demoted Dalziel to second immediately following a brief red flag period leaving just three minutes remaining once the track returned to green.
Ryan soaked up the pressure and subsequently smashed the lap record by seventh tenths of a second on his final qualifying run, snatching back pole position from his title rival Fogarty just seconds before the chequered flag signaled the end of the session.
With Ryan's two victories this season, Long Beach and Cleveland, coming from pole position, tomorrow's 38-lap race presents the 22-year-old with another opportunity to add to his tally and close the gap at the top of the points standings.
"I'm delighted to have pole here in Vancouver," Dalziel enthused. "I love racing in Canada and to come here following an average showing in Toronto and bounce back with pole is a real boost for everyone on the team. My car felt pretty good this morning but we still had to work it in this afternoon's session. I had been held up by traffic earlier but I bagged the lap when I needed to and I can't wait to go racing tomorrow morning!"
Tomorrow's race is scheduled to start at 10:30am Pacific Time. Live timings and results will be available on - www.toyotaatlantic.com