PAC: Gabby Chaves Sepang qualifying notes

Having been for the third time on this fabulous Formula One track, Gabby Chaves showed that he is a definite force to reckon with. Atlantic Racing Team prepped the car as always with diligence and it paid off. Qualifying was only a 20 minute ...

Having been for the third time on this fabulous Formula One track, Gabby Chaves showed that he is a definite force to reckon with. Atlantic Racing Team prepped the car as always with diligence and it paid off.

Qualifying was only a 20 minute on-track event, counting for both races this weekend, therefore speedy lapping was on the day's first priority. Unfortunately and thanks to an eager bystander to help the team bringing the car to the pre-grid area, Atlantic Racing Team thought that he had touched the rear upper wing elements and mis-aligned it. While on the pre-grid ART decided to re-measure but time was running out. It then was decided to measure the wing once the car was in the pits for pressure and temperature.

"When you deal with a total of 20 minutes on-track time, it really leaves you with little time to do anything" explains Ingo Strackerjan, Team Manager of ART; "as you lose basically two laps and five minutes plus pit time. Due to the length of the track it creates havoc with your planning."

Gabby Chaves ended, after being in third place before his pit stop, on 6th place for today's first race. An achievement the team, driver, sponsor and coach see as a good sign for things to come.

-credit: atlrt

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Gabby Chaves