My Qi-Meritus.Mahara qualify 10th and 22th in Sepang

My Qi-Meritus.Mahara qualify 10th and 22th in Sepang

03.04.2009: Six weeks after racingg in the the unusual Doha night scenery at the Losail track, My QI-Meritus.Mahara competed today at their home Malaysian circuit, Sepang. The Friday morning free session brought Alvaro Parente the sixth fastest

Six weeks after racingg in the the unusual Doha night scenery at the Losail track, My QI-Meritus.Mahara competed today at their home Malaysian circuit, Sepang.

The Friday morning free session brought Alvaro Parente the sixth fastest time of 1.46.912 after six laps despite flat-spotting the front left tyre under heavy braking, while Marco Bonanomi suffered from problems with his throttle which prevented him completing even a recce lap.

Qualifying remained dry despite threats of rain, and saw Parente take 10th place on 1m 45.816 and Bonanomi 22nd on 1.46.315.

Parente said: "I expected better, but at the end everything went well. The free practice session was a bit short because I had to flat-spot a tyre braking very hard after someone spun suddenly in front of me. We worked on some details to adapt the car for qualifying session. I was eighth fastest with 1.46.030 after six laps and improved that to 1.45.816 to finish 10th on the grid for tomorrow's race."

Bonanomi said: "I am simply not happy. Even considering that I only completed one lap in the morning before I encountered the throttle problem, it's a thin excuse. The Mecachrome engineers and my team fixed that in record time before qualifying, and my first run. My first run yielded 1.49.558 and gave me a feel for the track. I knew there was room to improve, and worked down to 1.46.315, but I simply did not have enough time to achieve a better result. I am confident with the set-up of the car, and hope to
have a good race."

Peter Thompson: "There was a lot of work to do after this morning's problem on Marco's car. Alvaro did a good job for his first-ever qualifying session with the team. He can score points tomorrow. Even starting down on the grid, there is no reason why Marco should not have a good race now that we have resolved his issues."

Race 1  Saturday 12pm 33 laps or 75 minutes
Race 2  Sunday 13.30- 14.20 22 laps or 45 minutes

Qualifying results

Jerome d'Ambrosio 1.45.410

D.Nunes 1.45.522

J.Jakes 1.45.527

Kamui Kobayashi 1.45.577

Villa 1.45.629

Petrov 1.45.720

D.Valsecchi 1.45.748

Maldonado  1.45.755

R.Rodrigues 1.45.767

a.parente 1.45.816

Y buurman 1.45.954

David Rigone 1.45.978

L.Razia 1.45.989

Gonzales 1.46.053

Yamamoto 1.46.087

Van der Garde 1.46.105

Cristani 1.46.108

Perez 1.46.169

Mortara 1.46.184

Herck 1.46.259

Al Fardhan 1.46.265

Bonanomi 1.46.315

Ricci 1.46.604

Texeira 1.47.838

K Nai Chia Chen 1.49.642

Dalle Stelle 1.49.857

- Agnes Carlier - photo My Qi Meritus.Mahara


03.04.2009 / MaP

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