Current Australian GT Champion David Wall has had a frustrating run to 4th place in the in the first race of the round this weekend at the 2010 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix this weekend. David, who currently leads the...
Current Australian GT Champion David Wall has had a frustrating run to 4th place in the in the first race of the round this weekend at the 2010 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix this weekend.
David, who currently leads the Championship, qualified 4th his Wilson Security backed Wall Racing Porsche Cup S in an incident filled qualifying session.
"I was not able to get a clear run during the qualifying session and I think I am lucky to have been able to set a time good enough for 4th place!"
"The massive field we have here this weekend made the track very busy during qualifying, and with the stoppages setting a decent lap time was extremely difficult.
"During a session like this one you rely a lot on people checking their mirrors and getting out of your way - unfortunately when everyone is flat out trying to set a time a good time this becomes increasingly difficult.
"I am confident that I should be able to make up a position or two during the first race by putting pressure on those in front of me."
Unfortunately, David did not have an opportunity to work his way up the order with the first race around the Albert Park track also interrupted by a number accidents.
David got a good start, but was pushed offline and off the track going into the first corner and dropped back a place to fifth.
The first safety car of the race was called out when backmarkers tangled in the first corner.
After the restart David was right on the tail of Theo Koundouris and was able to push past him by taking to the grass going into turn three.
Shortly after the second safety car of the race was called out, leaving just one lap of racing remaining in the race when the safety car returned to the pits.
"That was one of the most frustrating races I think I have driven in," said David after the race.
"With the air restrictor we have to run I am really struggling with straight-line speed at the moment and at a track like this we are really suffering this weekend.
"I am able to close right up on the drivers in front of me in the tight twisty parts of the track, but on the straights it was like I was standing still.
"Hopefully in the remaining two races we will have an opportunity to string a few racing laps together so I can really push the guys in front of me and give the crowd an exciting race."
David returns to the track at 15:40 on Saturday afternoon for race two of the Australian GT Championship.
Saturday and Sunday's races will be shown live during Ten's coverage of the Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
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