Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - P4, 2m 16.176s Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - P11, 2m 17.254s TURVEY SEIZES HIS CHANCE AMID THE CHAOS Today's GP2 Series qualifying session should have lasted 30 minutes... but took more than an hour to complete...
Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - P4, 2m 16.176s
Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - P11, 2m 17.254s
TURVEY SEIZES HIS CHANCE AMID THE CHAOS
Today's GP2 Series qualifying session should have lasted 30 minutes... but took more than an hour to complete at rain-hit Spa. Bad weather and a string of accidents led to the session being red-flagged on four occasions, but iSport driver Oliver Turvey kept a cool head to take fourth place on the grid. His team- mate Davide Valsecchit will start seven places farther back. "The delays made it an absolute nightmare of a session," said iSport team principal Paul Jackson. "Finding a clear lap was something of a lottery, with all the stoppages and so many yellow flags flying, but our guys both did a very good job in the circumstances and kept their noses clean. The track was almost dry by the time F1 practice finished, so I thought things would be fairly straightforward, but just before it was our turn the skies turned black..."
"That was hard work, but at the same time very rewarding. Trying to maintain concentration was extremely difficult, with all the interruptions, so it was a question of not making mistakes and trying to find a bit of breathing space. The car felt good, so I was always confident I'd be able to set a competitive time if circumstance permitted. "The forecast looks a little better tomorrow, so hopefully the race will be less dramatic. Spa is a wonderful circuit - and also has the benefit of a few passing opportunities. I'd obviously prefer to be starting from pole, but fourth on the grid is still potentially a winning position."
"The car is much better than my starting position suggests. I lost a little bit of time with a puncture, although in truth that didn't hurt me too much because it happened just as one of the red flags came out I can't remember which, because it happened so often. The key today was to get a clean, clear lap, but Oliver managed it and I didn't. I went from ninth to third in the last race, at the Hungaroring, and that's a circuit at which overtaking is allegedly impossible. That's certainly not the case here, so a good result is definitely possible."