ASTC: Macau ATCC2 Drivers Final Qualifying Report

BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Champion Paul Morris today improved his best lap time by more than 4-secs to qualify third fastest for the Guia Races for touring cars at the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday. German Michael Bartels claimed pole ...

BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Champion Paul Morris today improved his best lap time by more than 4-secs to qualify third fastest for the Guia Races for touring cars at the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday.

German Michael Bartels claimed pole position with a lap of 2-mins 29.064-secs around the 6.1km street circuit in the second and final qualifying session, and was followed by Audi team-mate Max Angelelli of Italy.

Morris qualified third for the two 12-lap races on Sunday with a lap of 2-mins 31.337-secs in the ex-works NEMO Racing BMW 320i he drove to victory in this year’s Australian championship. The 31-year-old Gold Coasr driver set the time on his 14th and final lap of qualifying, and it was a massive 4.144-secs quicker than his best lap in yesterday’s opening session.

Sydney’s Peter Hills was next best among the Australians, securing a start on the fourth row of the grid with the eighth fastest time of 2-mins 38.375-secs in a Ford Mondeo. Hills had damaged the front of his car when he crashed into trackside barriers yesterday, but his team repaired the Mondeo before the second qualifying session.

New Zealand’s Tony Newman qualified 13th after changing the drive-shaft on his Peugeot 406. He was slowed by a series of broken front-upright bolts, but later solved the problem.

Queensland’s David Auger will start 15th in his Gun Racing Alfa Romeo. Auger had hoped to race with a new engine from Germany, but it developed problems and he has reverted to the powerplant he used in this year’s Australian championship.

DRIVER QUOTES:

PAUL MORRIS (NEMO Racing BMW 320i): “Yesterday we had a problem with front-end grip, but we’ve switched to a softer compound tyre and went much quicker. Unfortunately we only have one set of the soft tyres for the two races - .we’re supposed to have two sets of them. We will start the race on the soft tyres and see what the ‘wear rate’ is like. It’s possible I may have to go back to the harder tyres for the second race. The track is slippery and there’s no margin for error. If you make a mistake around this place you’re going to hit something. It’s like racing through streets in the 18th century with old buildings everywhere.”

PETER HILLS (Team Ford Mondeo): “I went into the Armco yesterday, but the team have fixed the car. Once we got going with clear laps the car was really humming. This track is the greatest fun I’ve had in a long time. There’s going to be panel-damage in the races so I’ll be going for the finish and see where we end up.”

QUALIFYING TIMES (Final): POS DRIVER CAR LAP TIME 1. Michael Bartels (Germany) Phoenix Racing Audi A4 quattro 2:29.064 2. Max Angelelli (Italy) Phoenix Racing Audi A4 quattro 2:30.270 3. Paul Morris (Australia) NEMO Racing BMW 320i 2:31.337 4. Charles Kwan (Hong Kong) EKS Motorsport BMW 320i 2:31.355 5. Paul Chan (Hong Kong) EKS Motorsport BMW 320i 2:35.014 6. Henry Lee Jnr (Hong Kong) Ericsson Racing Volvo S40 2:36.339 7. Oliver Mayer (Germany) Audi A4 quattro 2:36.364 8. Peter Hills (Australia) Team Ford Mondeo 2:38.375 9. Chen Jun San (Tpe) Team AAI Toyota Chaser 2:39.390 10. Chan Chi Wah (Hong Kong) Ericsson Racing BMW 320i 2:41.841 OTHERS: 13. Tony Newman (NZ) TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 2:43.264 15. David Auger (Australia) Gun Racing Alfa Romeo 2:43.690 17. Jamie Miller (Australia) Phoenix Motorsport Toyota Camry 2:47.720 20. Greg Waters (Australia) Toyota Carina 2:53.022 22. Malcolm Rea (Australia) Toyota Carina 3:10.888 23. Milton Leslight (Australia) All Auto Parts Toyota Carina 5:18.042

Mike Porter mikep@qldnet.com.au

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Series General
Drivers Michael Bartels , Paul Chan , Max Angelelli , Paul Morris , Charles Kwan , David Auger , Peter Hill , Oliver Mayer , Jun-San Chen
Teams Phoenix Racing