Post qualifying 2 comments

Vallelunga - ITA

Emanuele Smurra 

Post qualifying 2 comments

17/09/2011 - Vallelunga
Emanuele Smurra: "It was an unusual qualifying session. I had planned to make a pit stop on lap three to check the tyres but I found myself sandwiched between Pier Guidi and Bertolini and I tried to stay with them."

"However, I didn't have any luck in setting my fast lap. I feel that I could have got near their times and hope that things go well in qualifying. Still, I am already sure that I want to race at Mugello: I am always ready to compete".

Davide Durante:
"It's gone now. Unfortunately, I can't seem to settle in the car. I haven't found the right way to handle it. Things went well in Valencia but not here. I hope to pick up the pace in the race itself. Saying all this, I think we will make up for things at Mugello".


Matteo Grassi: "We only covered a few laps in yesterday's free practice because we had a problem with the brakes. Today we were at a disadvantage because we didn't have any reference points. We will see how things go in the race. We will stick with the pack until we settle into a rhythm. We aren't ready and are not sure how to improve the situation".

Olivier Doeblin: "Qualifying went a bit better than it did yesterday and I improved by a couple of seconds. I haven't raced since Monza and had to get back into the groove. In the last session I kept up a steady tempo. It was a little warmer and the tyres came up to temperature but I am pleased because I improved by almost five seconds on last year's tests here at Vallelunga. I don't think I can make the podium. I think I will have to keep an eye on the tyres because 50 minutes is a long time. Even so, I am hopeful".


Manuel Villa: "Oggi in qualifica 2 è andata meglio, nel senso che sono quarto, secondo se non consideriamo i "trasparenti" Pier Guidi e Bertolini. E' un ottimo risultato, avendo saltato le ultime tre prove. Ritornare in macchina su una pista difficile come quella di Vallelunga mi fa piacere. Ieri nelle libere io e Piancastelli abbiamo girato con una differenza di cinque millesimi, oggi è andata decisamente per lui. Tanto di cappello: si è avvicinato ai piloti ufficiali, in particolare nella seconda qualifica, quindi complimenti. Per quanto mi riguarda, con questo nuovo format di gara, spero di restare nel gruppo dei primi. E' una situazione che può essere formativa, penso a gare come Le Mans o Spa, dove corrono serie differenti. Cercherò di non infastidire le vetture GT Cup, con le quali disputeremo le due manche. Se posso, cerco sempre di stare lontano dai guai, ad esclusione di Spa, dove un contatto mi è costato tre settimane di collare...".


Gaetano Ardagna: "This is my first outing at Vallelunga and so I am satisfied at how it went, especially in qualifying where I did much better than in yesterday's free practice. In Q1 I am second in my category and, in Q2, I am fourth with the same lap time. Talking of lap times, I am close to Villa and Baldi but Piancastelli is on another level; he is much quicker than us. I hope I can stick to him in the race to check out his racing line and work out why he is so quick".


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