Brands Hatch: Qualifying quotes

Rickard RYDELL - SEAT Sport Sverige, pole position "I was hoping it would rain in the session because I had previously done well in wet conditions. I stayed out two or thee laps too long on the wet tyres and when I changed to slicks for the last...

Rickard RYDELL - SEAT Sport Sverige, pole position

"I was hoping it would rain in the session because I had previously done well in wet conditions. I stayed out two or thee laps too long on the wet tyres and when I changed to slicks for the last 10 minutes I did a couple of fast laps, slowed down for a period and finally tried again for pole. The conditions were incredibly difficult because there is only one dry line and if you miss it by 10cm you are in a wall. As a result I tried to be safe but you have to push hard because everyone else is pushing. This track suits the León because the straights aren't too long and it works well on all types of corners."

Peter TERTING - SEAT Sport Deutschland, 2nd fastest

"This is my first visit to Brands Hatch and I didn't expect to be second on the grid so I'm really happy. I like this circuit, it reminds me of the old Nürburgring with its fast, blind corners. Throughout the day's sessions it was wet, then dry, then a mixture so it was difficult to judge. I will try to encore my performance in Mexico last year when I won, but I have to remember that I have Rickard in front of me who has great experience here. What is also important is that SEAT get points to keep them leading the manufacturers' championship."

Robert HUFF ­ Chevrolet, 3rd fastest

"We discovered today that the car is better in the wet and me lining up 3rd is fantastic for us. Regarding my incident on the last lap, I was pushing too hard. I was chasing Rickard (Rydell) and overstepped the mark at Westfield. The car looks worse than it is; the damage seems to be cosmetic. I want a podium on my home track and I am hoping for wet conditions tomorrow."

Tom CORONEL ­ GR Asia, 7th fastest

"That qualifying was just unbelievable! In these conditions you can really show the potential of the team but you have to be clever and chose your moment. I'm very happy with the new car. For a lot of the session I was in a sandwich of two top drivers with Yvan Muller in front and Rydell behind. In that situation you just have to follow their lines. To be honest I didn't know what I was doing! I was just doing what they were doing! But obviously both myself and the car are capable of that pace or we'd have been in the wall."

Pierre-Yves CORTHALS ­ JAS Motorsport, 9th fastest

"It was a really strange qualifying ­ we had every kind of weather. You just couldn't pick the right tyres. In my last stint I stayed out a long time and put in a really good lap to qualify ninth, but the lap before I was 18th and the lap before that I was sixth! I just had a good set of tyres and could take more and more risks. You have to be confident at Brands Hatch but I just felt better and better the more laps I did."

Andy PRIAULX ­ BMW Team UK, 10th fastest

"Tenth is more or less where I have been all weekend. However, I think I could have been up to fifth but I took my new tyres too early. It is a hard call here about what to do, but a later stop or a final one for new tyres would have given me that extra speed and got me up the time sheets. Carrying 70 kilos was always going to be very difficult, but it is nice to be the quickest BMW driver."

Gianni MORBIDELLI ­ N.technonogy, 12th fastest

"I'm not really happy. Unfortunately we still don't have enough grip in the car especially in the rear. We suffered a lot of oversteer, this is the main problem. We have to reduce this but we don't really understand which way to go."

-wtcc

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