GUIA FRIDAY (19/11) QUALIFYING Weather: Sunny BARTELS KEEPS POLE POSITION FOR GUIA German Michael Bartels held onto his provisional pole position for Sunday's Macau Guia race with a stunning performance during final qualifying to outpace ...
GUIA FRIDAY (19/11) QUALIFYING Weather: Sunny
BARTELS KEEPS POLE POSITION FOR GUIA
German Michael Bartels held onto his provisional pole position for Sunday's Macau Guia race with a stunning performance during final qualifying to outpace team-mate Max Angelelli by more than one second.
The Audi driver pushed his car to the absolute limit to improve his time set on Thursday and he ended up three tenths of a second quicker than last year's pole position time set by German Jo Winkelhock.
"I am happy with my pace this weekend, especially since I haven't raced here since 1989," said Bartels. "I'm please that I have found my limit so quickly, but I am expecting a tough fight with Max on Sunday, although we obviously want to ensure that both cars finish the race."
Angelelli was happy that he had managed to improve his time from Friday by almost three seconds and he was left hoping that his experience of the Macau circuit will help him in the two heats of the race.
"I've raced here a lot so I have no problems knowing where the track goes, but it has been hard adjusting to the four-wheel drive Audi," he explained. "The races will be very interesting and I am hoping that I can keep improving my performance still."
Australian Paul Morris, in a BMW, managed to snatch third place on the grid from BMW rival Charles Kwan in the closing seconds of the qualifying as the pair were left circulating the track together. Morris admitted that he had pushed really hard to get the position, although he was not too confident about his chances of holding onto the spot in the races.
"We solved our problem with front-end grip by changing to the soft compound tyre, but we've only got one set of those which means we may be struggling in the second heat," he said. "I'm pleased about today though."
Kwan, who comes from Hong Kong, was happy that he had secured a slot on the second row of the grid, even though he had missed out on the third position by just two-hundreths of a second.
"It was very close and I am expecting it to be just as close on Sunday," revealed Kwan. "Let us wait and see what happens."
The 45-minute session was relatively incident-free, although Masanori Sekiya damaged the right front of his car after contact with the barriers