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Race 1: Quotes from the podium
10
February
2017

Race 1: Quotes from the podium

Josh Files (1st): “That was very hard – we knew we had a lot of speed over one lap, but we hadn’t done an eleven lap race run so we didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t make a great start; I didn’t use enough clutch, which was my fault, and so it was a bit of post-season rust, I guess! Davit was very fast, the Alfa in a straight line is on another level and even when I was in his slipstream he was pulling away. Getting past was the difficulty, as I knew the only places to get past were in the slow corners in the last sector because down the straights he could pull away. It was a case of ‘I’m coming through, with or without your permission’ but I saw he seemed to make a mistake in one corner and that gave me the chance to come through. Tomorrow will certainly be interesting!”

Davit Kajaia (2nd): “I made a very good start and I was in the lead for eight laps but I was very aggressive in the beginning to be fast and my front tyres slowly lost grip so I knew I couldn’t hold on to first place. I let Josh past, but I have to say I’m happy with the result. The car is in really good shape and I hope I can fight for more podiums. I’m very confident with the car, it’s very driveable and I have a very good feeling with it. I must say a big thank you to the team – they did a really, really good job and they improved the car step by step after every session.”

Giacomo Altoè (3rd): “I’m very happy with third place. This was my debut in a Touring Car race so it’s not a bad result! I was slower than the two leading cars and I had some small problems with my car’s gearbox, but finishing the race was important not just for me but for the car and the team. It’s the first race for me in the Subaru and I think the car is still improving and so I’m very happy for the entire team. With a good start tomorrow, maybe we can be on the podium in Race 2, we will see.”


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