FREE PRACTICE SPEED DOES NOT TRANSLATE TO QUALIFYING FOR N.TECHNOLOGY James Thompson in today's qualifying session at Brno Brno's sweeping curves proved a challenge for the N.Technology Alfa Romeo team in today's FIA World Touring Car ...
FREE PRACTICE SPEED DOES NOT TRANSLATE TO QUALIFYING FOR N.TECHNOLOGY
James Thompson in today's qualifying session at Brno
Brno's sweeping curves proved a challenge for the N.Technology Alfa Romeo team in today's FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) qualifying session, with drivers James Thompson and Olivier Tielemans finishing 14th and 21st respectively.
Following a first-class performance from Thompson in this morning's practice session, in which the Briton topped the timesheets, the team struggled to find the best set-up on a slippery track.
Thompson's fastest time in his Alfa Romeo 156 was 2:13.101, ahead of team-mate Tielemans' time of 2:14.960. The Italian squad is confident the car will fare better under race conditions however, having collected important data from today's session.
James Thompson, car number 15
"We haven't tested here this year, which doesn't help. We struggled to find the right balance but the car has pace here; you could see that in free practice this morning. We are good on used tyres and we learned a lot from today's qualifying so let's hope for the best!"
Olivier Tielemans, car number 16
"Today was about learning for me, it's very hard to find the right braking points here but tomorrow is another day though and I will definitely push hard!"
Marco Calovolo, Technical Director
"The level of grip is very low here this weekend. Other teams have the advantage as they have tested here before, but we couldn't. Bad luck today; finger's crossed for tomorrow and we are hoping for some point finishes."