TCR Qualifying  Sepang – Surprise pole position for Roberto Colciago

TCR Qualifying Sepang – Surprise pole position for Roberto Colciago

30.09.2016: TCR International Series Rounds 19 & 20 – Sepang – 29 September / 1 October 2016 Friday, September 30th 2016

 TCR International Series
Rounds 19 & 20 – Sepang – 29 September / 1 October 2016
Friday, September 30th 2016





Freshly-crowned TCR Italy champion Roberto Colciago claimed a surprise pole position at the end of a breath-taking and closely-fought Qualifying session at Sepang.


At the wheel of his Honda Civic, run by Target Competition, Colciago consistently moved up the time-sheet and eventually posted an impressive lap of 2:15.021 in the dying moments of the session.


This demoted Pepe Oriola to second after the young Spaniard had led throughout the entire session, improving the provisional fastest lap twice: 2:15.799 and 2:15.086.


Actually, in the first half of the 30-minute Qualifying session, the top five drivers were extremely close: Oriola, James Nash, Kevin Gleason, Gianni Morbidelli and Mat’o Homola were all covered by less than two tenths.


Then Oriola’s second provisional fastest lap opened a deep gap between him and his pursuers. A gap that was filled little by little as far as the other drivers improved in turn.


Jean-Karl Vernay climbed to a provisional second position (2:15.296), ahead of his teammate Stefano Comini (2:15.311), Morbidelli (2:15.476), Nash (2:15.646), Colciago (2:16.675) and Homola (2:15.923).


Eventually, as the session was drawing to a close, Colciago hit the target and won pole, beating Oriola by 0.048 seconds; Mikhail Grachev jumped into third with a last lap of 2:15.155 and Homola moved up to fifth (2:15.310) behind Vernay.


The twelve fastest drivers were all covered by the same second. Team Thailand’s Tin Sritrai qualified in a brilliant tenth position, well ahead of the other TCR Asia drivers and winning pole position on the reverse grid for Race 2 in the process.


Rafaël Galiana was the only driver who missed the qualification maxima as he could not post a decent lap time due to lack of engine power.
 
 


Qualifying – What the pole sitter had to say

 
Roberto Colciago (pole position):
“I had never seen the track before I arrived here yesterday, the timetable is very tight with only one Practice session and I didn’t know the car, so it was a very good result and so I must thank Target Competition, JAS Motorsport and the mechanics for doing such a good job.


Yesterday, I spent the first part of the Practice learning the track and so I was a long way off going fast.


We thought we had a problem with the front of the car so we fixed that and I learnt the track and so we are very happy with the result.”




 
Fabio Ravaioli- photo TCR

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30.09.2016 / MaP

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