CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Team Australia Saturday report

POWER SEVENTH AND TOP ROOKIE IN MONTREAL QUALIFYING Team Australia driver Will Power has qualified seventh for tomorrow's Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal after another good performance in Canada today. Power qualified his Aussie Vineyards...

POWER SEVENTH AND TOP ROOKIE IN MONTREAL QUALIFYING

Team Australia driver Will Power has qualified seventh for tomorrow's Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal after another good performance in Canada today.

Power qualified his Aussie Vineyards Lola in the top 10 yet again and was the fastest rookie. The Queenslander will be looking for a strong finish in the #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola in Montreal, Round 11 of the Champ Car World Series, as he continues his charge towards his and Team Australia's home event, the Lexmark Indy 300.

Power's Team Australia team-mate Alex Tagliani did not have the best of days in front of his home crowd and will start from 12th for tomorrow's race.

Tagliani was unable to find a suitable set-up in qualifying today. While further down the grid that he would have preferred, the Canadian realises that race day is a different proposition and he will be giving it his all to bring the Aussie Vineyards car through the field.

Defending Champ Car World Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais will start tomorrow's Grand Prix de Montreal from pole position ahead of his championship rivals AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"The Aussie Vineyards car was close today," said Power.

"We had a good session. On the first run of red tyres I lacked a bit of front grip under braking, so we made a bit of a change on the second run which really helped.

"In the second stint we suffered a drive output flange failure, so it ended the session prematurely. Now we have to look to the race tomorrow and we should have a good race, because the car gets better and better."

Alex Tagliani -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"The track was much better today, but my car wasn't adjusting well to the circuit," said Tagliani.

"It's been a struggle with the lack of grip in the corners. For me, this is a very important race and a little bit of a disappointment, but I'm home and not giving up without a fight for tomorrow's race."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"It was a mixed bag for us again today," said Walker.

"Will keeps rolling on and continues to get stronger. The whole unit is working harder and harder and they just get better and better. Again he has never seen the track before which is another first for him, and it makes a big difference when you look at his performance to see how far he has come over the season.

"It appears like a drive output flange failed on Will's car near the end of the session. We are not sure why or don't know if that was a direct result of what kind of track this circuit is, which is a lot of nasty kerbs that you have to use, which we believe contributed to the failure. Unfortunately he had a few more laps to go but it put two laps away from his quickest lap.

"Alex clearly needs a different car from Will and we didn't hit that combination today. It's sad to say he is struggling with it this weekend and this is one of his most favourite and important tracks of the season. It's putting a lot of pressure on him and the team.

"We are just going to keep trying. The weekend is not over and there is still a lot of things we can do, so that's our game plan."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"We've really had a mixed bag over the last couple of days and there is obviously some work to do," said Gore.

"Will has continually improved over the weekend and is again shown that he is really coming to grips with this series. I am confident he can cap off all his good work with a solid result and continue to build his confidence as he races towards his home race on the Gold Coast.

"Tags has obviously struggled a bit and probably needs to relax a little more in front of his home crowd where he tends to put so much pressure on himself. He is working overtime with the team to come up with a solution for tomorrow's race."

-credit: www.teamaustraliamotorsport.com

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power