Top driver quotes after TCR Macau qualifying

Top driver quotes after TCR Macau qualifying

19.11.2016: TCR International Series Suncity Group Macau Guia Race 2.0T Jean-Karl Vernay (pole position): “It was a great session

TCR International Series
Suncity Group Macau Guia Race 2.0T

Jean-Karl Vernay (pole position):
“It was a great session! We knew the Golf is very quick in the wet, we saw it at the Salzburgring and it proved here again. The key was to stay calm and go through the first laps, which were quite tricky and with very poor visibility.

We raised the bar lap after lap, working together with Stefano, pushing and pulling each other. My last lap was the fastest, I knew it was a very good lap and just tried to avoid mistakes in the last sector.”

Stefano Comini (second fastest):
“Second is very good, although my last lap was unlucky as I found Pepe Oriola on the way. He did not block me, everything was very correct, but he was slower.

It would have probably meant pole, as the data in the dashboard were telling I was one second faster than in the lap that gave second, but it was good like that, it was a nice team result, and it was good to keep the championship battle alive.

Actually, we were lucky to get the rain for Q2, it suited us well especially after the difficult Q1 I had, touching the walls four times. The best thing of the day, though, is that I could do the Melco hairpin with the handbrake, it was something I always wanted to do, it was great and now that box is ticked!”

Tiago Monteiro (third fastest):
“After the difficult day yesterday, it’s nice to be in the top-three and retrieve confidence. Then, the conditions changed for Q2  that was tricky, because it wasn’t wet the same way in all parts of the track, but the situation was the same for everybody

. It was challenging for me, as I don’t know the car that well, so I preferred not to change much in the set-up and that was a good decision.”

Antti Buri (fourth fastest):
“It was a good session for me, especially given it is my first time here. It wasn’t easy on the wet, but I felt comfortable with the car. It was a pity, though, because I believe that in normal dry conditions, we would have brought down the lap times by one second.

The only trouble today is that I had no radio and the watch on the dashboard was not working, so I had no idea of how good the times were.”

James Nash (seventh fastest):
“Q1 was simple, although I was deliberately blocked by Comini half-way through the session, and the team reported that to the stewards.

In Q2, it was simply ridiculous to see how big is the gap with the Golf cars, but the god thing is that I’m still ahead of my team mates despite the extra weight.”

Pepe Oriola (tenth fastest):
“Bad luck for me with the rain, Macau really does not like me.

Q1 was fine and I stayed way within my limits not to take any risk, but on the wet in Q2 we were really struggling with no grip and no traction. It’s hard to believe that we are 5 seconds slower than our direct competitors.”

- Fabio Ravaioli, photo TCR


19.11.2016 / MaP

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