Drivers’ quotes after Dubai Qualifying

Drivers’ quotes after Dubai Qualifying

Luca Engstler (pole position):“It was a crazy lap! I knew it was good and I expected to see 45.0 or maybe a high 44. But when I saw 44.4 I couldn’t believe my eyes! The set up we chose was perfect for qualifying, the car was balanced and performance was not affected by the ballast. But now we have to find something different for the races, because this set up would be too tough with the tyres over the distance. Dubai is really my favourite track: I won last year in TCR Middle East – my first ever Touring Car race – and two weeks ago the 24 hours.”

Giacomo Altoè (2nd fastest): “I’m quite pleased as it was an unexpected result. We had struggled in the practice sessions and eventually decided to try something different and it paid off. My qualifying lap was really on the limit! I was amazed by Luca’s performance; he has been incredibly quick and it seems that the ballast is not causing him as many problems as it does to us. For sure the ballast will be a factor in the races, in terms of tyre and brake wear. We have to find how to manage them in the best possible way.”

Kai Jordan (3rd fastest):“I’m very happy. My goal was to qualify between third and fifth and I did third. I couldn’t expect anything better than this. We have worked a lot to change the set up from the beginning of the first practice and we finally found a configuration that suits my driving style. I have managed to be faster lap after lap and to reduce the braking spaces. Now, my next goal is to finish on the podium again…”

Danny Kroes (4th fastest):“Fourth was not a bad result for my first Qualifying in the Audi. However, I have lost a couple of tenths in my fastest lap, otherwise I could have been second. Now I will try to be on the podium in the first race.”


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