NINTH FOR POWER AND TEAM AUSTRALIA ON OPENING DAY IN MONTREAL Team Australia driver Will Power has driven his Aussie Vineyards Lola to ninth fastest in provisional qualifying for this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal in ...
NINTH FOR POWER AND TEAM AUSTRALIA ON OPENING DAY IN MONTREAL
Team Australia driver Will Power has driven his Aussie Vineyards Lola to ninth fastest in provisional qualifying for this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal in Canada today.
Power adjusted quickly to the Montreal circuit and impressed in the wide and fast surroundings of the road course, a style of circuit more to the Queenslander driver's liking.
Power's encouraging ninth position was achieved without the use of Bridgestone's softer red 'option' tyre, giving Team Australia confidence heading into final qualifying tomorrow.
The Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards star also qualified faster than Roshfrans Rookie of the Year rivals Dan Clarke and Katherine Legge, keeping him on track to maintain his lead in the rookie standings.
Power's Team Australia team-mate and local favourite Alex Tagliani was 12th fastest today in provisional qualifying and will be aiming for a better showing tomorrow.
Tagliani struggled for grip, but as more rubber will be on the circuit for tomorrow's final qualifying, the Aussie Vineyards driver will work hard with the Team Australia engineers overnight to have a strong set-up for tomorrow.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Will Power -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola
"We are back to my kind of circuit," said Power.
"I really enjoyed it out there. It was a lot of fun. It's a road circuit so it was a lot smoother. It was a great session for us with it being the first day having ever been to the circuit.
"We only used one set of tyres in qualifying so we will have more new rubber to run when the track is more gripped up and we will have two red sets to run in qualifying tomorrow, which will help more.
"I think there is a little more time out of me and the goal for tomorrow is to get a little bit more out of the tyres for qualifying."
Alex Tagliani -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola
"The track is quite slippery right now," said Tagliani.
"In fact I was surprised in how slippery it really was. There is something we can try to gain a little more grip overall. We need to just think overnight and I know that we can get the car more competitive and better on the grid for tomorrow."
Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"It was a mixed bag for us today," said Walker.
"For his first time at this track, Will did really run well and ran very smart in both sessions. He really kept on target and really focused and got the most out of the car. There is more we can do overnight and I think he can be right there for tomorrow.
"Big problem with Alex, he has a completely different driving style and we don't have the car for him here. He knows the circuit really well so we know we've got to get the car better for him before he can put it up on the grid, but we still have time left.
"We will go back and get the crystal ball out and see what we can find for tomorrow."
Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"I think Will has done a solid job considering it is his first time at the circuit," said Gore.
"The fact that he is in the top without using the red option tyres is pretty impressive.
"Will's focus seems to become more intense with every race meeting, which can only be a great thing as he charges towards the Lexmark Indy 300, where he will get to fly the Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards flag in front of his home crowd.
"Alex struggled a little bit today, but the team will go back to the drawing board overnight and work hard on tomorrow's plan. I'm sure Alex will want a solid result in front of the French-Canadian crowd, who really love him."