CHAMPCAR/CART: Mont-Tremblant: Walker Racing Friday notes

Walker Racing Completes First Round of Qualifying in Mont Tremblant Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada - Visiting the Circuit Mont Tremblant for the first time, Walker Racing drivers, Swiss rookie Simona De Silvestro ( ...

Walker Racing Completes First Round of Qualifying in Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada - Visiting the Circuit Mont Tremblant for the first time, Walker Racing drivers, Swiss rookie Simona De Silvestro (#5 Miauton) and Brit, Ryan Lewis (#15 NCPI Solutions/InSport) tried to learn the 15-turn, 2.65 mile permanent road course as quick as possible, but ran into some deterrents along the way.

Running strong in the first half of the provisional qualifying session, De Silvestro caused the one and only red flag of the session when she hit the wall between turns 11 and 12, damaging the rear wing and rear left tire. The rookie worked diligently to correct from over-steer, but unfortunately tried too hard and made it an early day, clocking the seventeenth fastest time of 1:29.108 seconds (105.889 mph).

Lewis also spent most of the session coming to grips with circuit as battled with over-steer and balance of his green and gold chassis. The young Brit clocked the fourteenth quickest time of 1:28.743 seconds (106.325 mph).

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What they had to say:

Simona De Silvestro: "We were running well in the first half of the session and then I tried to make the corner and I went onto the back wheel and went into the grass and spun the car. It was my mistake and I was trying a little too hard, but that's a part of learning. From the last session to this session, I made a big improvement, so we are headed in the right direction, we are definitely getting there."

Ryan Lewis: "It's a really nice circuit and my first time here. This weekend is one of those weekends where the car that came off the back of the truck wasn't as good as it normally is, so we've got to work a bit harder at trying to find a sweet spot on the car, but we definitely are going in the right direction. We have another day tomorrow, another two sessions to work on it and I definitely think we can be inside the top five tomorrow."

Derrick Walker, owner: "Between sessions we made some positive changes which I think had Simon had not put a wheel off, I think we would have turned a pretty decent lap time, top ten, top eight. This morning we didn't get a good enough balance to make a big enough gain, but between the sessions we did, so it's a shame that just a little wheel off kind of stopped her short, but the good news is we have a good direction for tomorrow. Ryan's car balance was not quite good enough for us to get a good qualifying session but it's not a major problem we just need to make a few changes and see if we can go better tomorrow."

-credit: walkerracing

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