Justin narrowly misses out on front row at Mont-Tremblant Justin will line up 4th for the Grand Prix of Mont-Tremblant after a nail-biting final qualifying session on a damp but rapidly drying track. Predictions of changeable weather for...
Justin narrowly misses out on front row at Mont-Tremblant
Justin will line up 4th for the Grand Prix of Mont-Tremblant after a nail-biting final qualifying session on a damp but rapidly drying track. Predictions of changeable weather for Saturday proved correct with cool (15C/59F) and cloudy conditions. Justin was 6th fastest in the dry morning practice session, but a brief rain shower soaked a good part of the track just as final qualifying got underway. The conditions meant there was no prospect of improving on Friday's provisional qualifying times, but with a front row starting slot at stake for fastest in the session, it was all or bust. In an exciting climax to the session Justin lost out to Will Power (Team Australia) by just 0.038 seconds.
Justin ran a short first stint on Bridgestone wets, topping the timesheets by almost a second when he pitted after five laps. When it was clear that the rain would hold off, Justin, like a few others, chose slicks for the drying track. He quickly found the limits in the tricky conditions, but with the lap times tumbling rapidly the prize would go to the driver able to stay out the longest. Will Power's track position was a few seconds ahead of Justin's #9 CDW machine, just enough to allow him to begin another lap before the chequered flag fell.
The Australian lines up on the front row for Sunday's race alongside Tristan Gommendy (PKV) who retains pole position from Friday. Sebastien Bourdais (Newman Haas Lanigan) starts from 3rd spot on row 2 alongside Justin. Though Alex Tagliani was 6th fastest in final qualifying, the #8 RSPORTS car will line up 8th on the grid based on Friday's performance.
"It's a shame we just missed out this afternoon", said Justin. "The track was getting quicker and quicker as it began to dry and I could feel that we were getting faster each lap. I thought that we had one of the quickest cars, but it just wasn't enough to get us up there. The race should be interesting. It'll depend on the weather to see just how crazy it might get. I think that we have a competitive car, so I'm just looking forward to having a good race and hopefully we can get the #9 CDW car back on the podium."