GUIA THURSDAY (18/11) QUALIFYING Weather: Sunny BARTELS ON PROVISIONAL POLE Michael Bartels maintained his and Audi's domination of the Macau Guia race as he claimed provisional pole position on Thursday. The German outpaced his team-mate...
GUIA THURSDAY (18/11) QUALIFYING Weather: Sunny
BARTELS ON PROVISIONAL POLE
Michael Bartels maintained his and Audi's domination of the Macau Guia race as he claimed provisional pole position on Thursday. The German outpaced his team-mate Max Angelelli by 1.595 seconds and then revealed that the team still had room for improvement.
"It's okay," he explained. "I was still using my first set of tyres for much of that session and after 25 laps it started getting quite difficult to stop the car sliding about. I touched the barriers just before the start-finish straight, so I came into the pits because I thought that there was no point pushing too hard and risk going off. I am still not 100 per cent happy with the car and we will look at all the data tonight to see where we can improve."
Angelelli was much happier with his performance as he continued to get to grips with the Audi. "That was better," said the Italian. "On my first lap I felt much more comfortable with the car but unfortunately my session ended early when a broken cable left me stranded in the pits. It's been an experience driving this car and, after racing 600bhp prototypes this year, the Audi is so different."
Charles Kwan remained the Audi duo's closest challenger but he was more than one second down on the pair. The BMW driver could not explain the gap, especially as last year he lapped the Macau circuit two seconds quicker than he managed today.
"That session was better than first practice," explained the Hong Kong driver. "The car has more grip and I am hoping it will keep improving. I don't know if I can beat the Audis but I want to get a bit closer. I can't understand why I am slower than last year with a car that has improved so much."
Hong Kong's Henry Lee Jnr remained happy with his fifth fastest time despite ending the session in the barriers. The Volvo driver went off into the barriers at Lisboa before his car was hit by rival Paul Morris.
"I was just pushing too hard," he said. "We made a mistake with the car settings early in the session and I came into the pits to make some adjustments. I had one good flying lap after that and I was on my second, with Morris right behind me, when I braked too late. It was my mistake and it is really annoying because I know I could have gone quicker."