CHAMPCAR/CART: Zolder: RuSPORT Saturday notes

Wilson to Start Fifth in the Inaugural Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix ZOLDER, Belgium (August 25, 2007) - Justin Wilson is pleased with a top-five starting position for the inaugural Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix, but still hopes to find a little...

Wilson to Start Fifth in the Inaugural Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix

ZOLDER, Belgium (August 25, 2007) - Justin Wilson is pleased with a top-five starting position for the inaugural Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix, but still hopes to find a little more speed in the #9 CDW RuSPORT Champ Car before the race on Sunday afternoon.

Wilson had a fair start to the day, getting a good amount of track time. He completed 28 laps around the 2.492-mile Circuit Zolder, and despite being held up in traffic, he posted a time of 1:14.422 (120.545 mph/193.998 km/h) on his final lap of the session. That time put him third overall, leaving him somewhat satisfied, but still looking for more out of his #9 CDW/RuSPORT car.

The final round of qualifying was underway this afternoon in Zolder, Belgium, where Wilson had two sets of the softer Bridgestone Potenza Red tires to utilize. He took full advantage of the 15-minute practice session in the hour-qualifying session, rounding out the top three with a time of 1:13.876 after an eight-lap warm up. He put the Red tires on for both of his runs this afternoon, which saw an increase in the times. The Englishman's first stint consisted of six laps, and he was able to post a 1:13.478, which had him in the fourth spot at the end of his first run. Wilson then headed out for his second, and final, run of final qualifying. He was able to improve his time by recording a 1:13.327 (122.345 mph/196.895 km/h), which he posted on his tenth of 13 laps run this afternoon. Although that time had him sitting P2 at one point, Wilson's time was unable to hold a top three spot. He will start on the inside of Row Three, in the fifth spot on the grid, for tomorrow's race.

"The #9 CDW car in qualifying was pretty good," said Wilson. "I was up a few tenths on my last lap, and I lost a little bit in the second chicane, a little in the third, so it was quite frustrating. I felt that we should have been a little bit quicker and a bit higher up on the grid. Overall, I am pleased with the progress, especially considering the late start yesterday. Hopefully the race is going to be good. Hopefully we can stay out of trouble, have some good pit stops, and see if we can make the car a little bit quicker yet. It is definitely a tight track, so we need to be a little bit quicker and good on fuel mileage and go from there."

The CDW/RuSPORT driver will attempt to make his 51st Champ Car start tomorrow afternoon, when he takes the green flag for the Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix at Circuit Zolder in Belgium. This will be the seventh time out of eleven starts this season in which Wilson will start in the top five or better. Wilson continues to be the only Champ Car driver this season to start every race in the top ten.

-credit: rusport

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