Frustrating Qualifying Session for Forsythe Championship Racing After showing significant speed during the practice sessions at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix, Forsythe Championship Racing had a frustrating qualifying session which saw Oriol...
Frustrating Qualifying Session for Forsythe Championship Racing
After showing significant speed during the practice sessions at the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix, Forsythe Championship Racing had a frustrating qualifying session which saw Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy qualify in the seventh and ninth rows for Sunday's race.
Servia, who is joined at the TT Assen Circuit by a large group of friends and family, quickly discovered that his Red Bridgestone Potenzas only needed a couple of laps to come up to speed and after his first stint decided to wait until the last few minutes of the session to go out again. Unfortunately the Spaniard encountered traffic during his second stint and ran out of time before he managed to improve his lap of 1m20.033s which places him 13th on the starting grid.
Morning practice began under wet conditions but once the track dried Tracy went on to turn the third quickest lap and was confident that he could repeat that performance during final qualifying. As the 2003 Champion was beginning his qualifying run he made contact with a cone which tore off his front wing and damaged the front suspension on his #3 INDECK Champ Car. His crew worked feverishly and repaired the car with only a few minutes left in the session but traffic ruined the only lap at speed that the Canadian managed to complete. His warm up lap of 1m22.936s puts him 17th on the grid for the race.
Oriol Servia Qualified 13th
"Very disappointing session, we haven't been this far back the whole weekend. I thought we had a good car but when we put on the Red Bridgestones for qualifying and we just couldn't go any quicker. I'm not very happy, but tomorrow is when the points are given so we'll just have to keep our nose clean and climb our way through the field."
Paul Tracy Qualified 17th
"Qualifying today was a disaster. I was out on my first few laps just waiting for the tires to come in and I tried going over the curbs at the chicane, I touched one of the cones and the front wing broke and collapsed my front left suspension. My guys did a great job repairing the damage but by the time we got out there wasn't enough time, on the only quick lap I had Bruno (Junqueira) came back into the track right in front of me and ruined my lap. It's really a shame because we had a good car, this morning we were third quickest and I was confident that we could've qualified right up there."
The Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix will be broadcast LIVE September 2nd at 7:00am Eastern Time on ESPN Classic. You can also tune in to Race Director, available through the Champ Car website, for live coverage of the race and many practice and qualifying sessions with multiple channels of live video, audio, timing, telemetry and commentary.