ETCC: Donington: Race quotes

James THOMPSON -- AutoDelta Squadra Corse, 1st in Race 1 and 3rd in Race 2 "It was a fantastic weekend for me. I couldn't expect anything better, honestly. In the first race I had a good start, and the guys behind me gave me a big hand, being in a...

James THOMPSON -- AutoDelta Squadra Corse, 1st in Race 1 and 3rd in Race 2 "It was a fantastic weekend for me. I couldn't expect anything better, honestly. In the first race I had a good start, and the guys behind me gave me a big hand, being in a close fight. So, head down, I managed to pull away. I was quite pleased for myself when I realised there was such a big gap, because I really wanted to win this race. But I was also disappointed in some ways, because it could have been an Alfa 1-2-3."

Andy PRIAULX -- BMW Team Great Britain, 6th in Race 1 and 1st in Race 2 "I'm ecstatic. I don't know what to say. Yesterday I had such a bad time in qualifying, we turned around the car and didn't know what to do. The ballast on board was driving me crazy. Then I managed to calm down and reflect. I knew this was going to be my turning point for the championship; I have to carry on with the 40-kg in the car, but to get this extra weight out of my head. In the first race I focused on finishing in the points, to gain a good starting position for the second race. It paid off, and now I'm leading the championship."

Gabriele TARQUINI -- AutoDelta Squadra Corse, 3rd in Race 1 and 2nd in Race 2 "It was my target to score in both races today. In the first I enjoyed a lot fighting with Jorg Muller; in the second I was closing in on Priaulx, but then my tyres went down because of some oil on the track. In the second part of the race I tried to reduce the gap again, but Andy did a very good race. The championship is still opened for me: last year I was 11 points behind Jorg with only four rounds to go. Now I'm 15 points behind, and we still have eight rounds--"

Jorg MÜLLER -- BMW Team Deutschland, 2nd in Race 1 and DNF in Race 2 "The first race was very fair and nice. Races should be like that, and I had a lot of fun fighting with Tarquini. I was happy with the second place. But the result of the second race prevented me to close in on the championship lead. Before I was six points behind Dirk, now I'm seven behind Andy, nothing has changed. At the start of the second race I got hit by Giovanardi. He had enough space at the inside, but he pushed me into Gene."

Kurt MOLLEKENS -- BMW Team Belgium-Luxembourg, 8th in Race 1 and 6th in Race 2 "I've been working for today's results since my first appearance in the championship. I was so happy I started from the pole in the second race, and I was in a position to help my team-mate Andy. I let him by, and then I managed to fight with the Alfas for one and-a-half laps, giving him a bit of breathing space. Just enough to win the race. I played on his side and it's good that it worked out."

Fabrizio GIOVANARDI -- AutoDelta Squadra Corse, 4th in Race 1 and 16th in Race 2 "My first race was jeopardized right after the start. Jorg (Muller) hit me, I nearly lost control and clashed with Gabriele (Tarquini). Then I managed to move up to second, but I made a mistake and dropped down behind Jorg and Gabriele. The second race was very unlucky: at Redgate Jorg, Gene and I were on the same line and we clashed. My front bumper was interlocked with Jorg's car, and I couldn't do anything to avoid the accident."

Rickard RYDELL -- SEAT Sport, 22nd in Race 1 and 9th in Race 2 "In the first race I was on the same pace as the guys who finished second to fifth, and I would have been happy with sixth and a good start position in Race 2. Unfortunately, the problem on the last lap meant I couldn't finish. In Race 2 the car felt good and we were once again on the pace. I was up to eighth, but the brakes were gone and so Coronel got past easily."

Alessandro ZANARDI -- BMW Team Italy-Spain, 12rd in Race 1 and 7th in Race 2 "I'm quite pleased. Finally I managed to stay with the drivers who fight for the points. It was specially encouraging if we look at my pace and lap times. Unfortunately the brakes started to fade towards the end of the second race, and this prevented me from achieving a better result. Otherwise I think I could have passed Mollekens. In this sprint races a good position at the start is crucial to get good results. It's such a tough championship, and I still have to learn how to get the most out of the only qualifying session we have."

Salvatore TAVANO -- Oregon Team, 11th in Race 1 and 10th in Race 2 "I had two very good races today. I am happy, because we have worked very hard the whole weekend, and the team did a very good job in setting up the car. I really enjoyed the second race, when Tom Coronel was chasing me. Eventually he managed to pass me, but I was contented with second place. I' ve scored good points, moving up to second in the Independents Trophy. "

Tom CORONEL -- Carly Motors, 13th in Race 1 and 8th in Race 2 "I did the maximum. After the problems in qualifying, my target was to recover positions in the first race, and I finished second of the Independents. Then my goal for race two was winning the privateers' race; I was behind Tavano and I thought I had a difficult job to do. But after mid-race he had a lot of understeer and I managed to pass him. It was a great result for me and the team."

Jason WATT -- Peugeot Sport Engineering, 20th in Race 1 and 13th in Race 2 "I was struggling a bit with the car. Also Jan (Magnussen) had a few problems. We have to check them and understand what was wrong. In the second race I was fighting with some of the other cars, and I think that finishing 13th was not bad, considering the level of the championship. I hoped I proved that I can keep up with Jan and be one of these drivers. In this respect I'm happy."


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Series General
Drivers Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller