Justin 4th in close first qualifying at Mont-Tremblant Justin got his Mont-Tremblant weekend off to a solid start by setting the 4th quickest times in the ...
Justin 4th in close first qualifying at Mont-Tremblant
Justin got his Mont-Tremblant weekend off to a solid start by setting the 4th quickest times in the #9 CDW car in Friday's main practice and qualifying sessions. First qualifying was highly competitive, the top five drivers being separated by only 0.074 seconds, equivalent to less than a car length around the challenging 2.6 mile circuit. French rookie Tristan Gommendy took provisional pole for PKV with a lap of 1:16.776 (122.898 mph), guaranteeing himself a front row start for Sunday's race, with Sebastien Bourdais (Newman Haas Lanigan) and Will Power (Team Australia) the 2nd and 3rd fastest runners. Justin's RSPORTS team-mate Alex Tagliani was 8th quickest (1:17.256).
Justin's provisional qualifying time of 1:16.843 (122.791 mph) was set during his first stint on the harder Bridgestone tyres. He and most of the other leading drivers tried the softer, red sidewalled compound for their second qualifying stint, but, unexpectedly, none were able to improve their times. Sebastien Bourdais, who stayed on blacks for his second stint, was the only leading driver to improve his time, giving an insight into how tyre strategies may unfold during the weekend.
"This morning the #9 CDW car was reasonable", said Justin. "It was only a fraction off, but unfortunately that was the difference between P1 and P4. During provisional qualifying we were fourth again, so we just have to find a little bit more in the car to liven it up. I like the track, but we just have to work on our balance a little bit more and try to get on the front row in final qualifying tomorrow."