THOMPSON READY FOR BATTLE N.Technology's James Thompson is looking forward to a hard fight to the front in tomorrow's 14th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Anderstorp after qualifying an unlucky tenth at the Swedish ...
THOMPSON READY FOR BATTLE
N.Technology's James Thompson is looking forward to a hard fight to the front in tomorrow's 14th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Anderstorp after qualifying an unlucky tenth at the Swedish circuit.
Unpredictable weather made it difficult to judge the track conditions and Thompson was left frustrated, unable to improve his best time. With another lap to warm up the tyres, he is confident that the Alfa Romeo 156 had the pace to fight for a front row position at a circuit where it has a strong record.
Thompson proved his pace during practice by setting fifth fastest time in Friday testing and placing fifth and sixth during Saturday morning's free practice sessions. With two 13-lap races tomorrow, Thompson and team-mate Olivier Tielemans will have the time to put that speed to good use by fighting through the field.
Olivier Tielemans in car number 16
Marco Calovolo, Technical Director
'Our objective was to be in the top five and in qualifying obviously the last ten minutes were key as the track was drying. This is not the result we wanted and we now need to concentrate on tomorrow."
James Thompson, car number 15
"I'm really disappointed - we saved dry tyres during the free practice sessions so that we'd have good rubber for qualifying then the conditions changed. The car is very quick and we had a good chance to be right at the front, and if we had maybe two more laps it could have been very different. At least we know we have a strong car for tomorrow, even if we have to come from tenth."
Olivier Tielemans, car number 16
'I had a lot of understeer during the session because of the conditions and it was very important for me to keep on the track and use the track time. It's only my second time driving the Alfa Romeo 156 in the wet, so it's all valuable experience and I have to make sure that I make use of it. I was getting quicker and quicker in the session as I was getting more used to the conditions and the car."