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Trois-Rivières, QC – 2018-04-18 - Yesterday, the Shamrock Promotion Inc. Management Team held a car owner and driver meeting for Quebec Late Model car owners and drivers on the outlook of the LMS touring Series.

Over 50 people attended the meeting in the Mauricie region.  Twenty two teams attended the meeting.  Add to those present 12 other teams who had informed us of their absence, ahead of time, and had confirmed their support of the touring Series initiative... independent of the US-based ACT.

Also in attendance were Officials from Autodrome Montmagny, St-Eustache and the Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivières, who wanted to show their support to the team lead by Marc Patrick Roy, who had until recently held the Managing Director of Série ACT.

Unanimously, the group confirmed its support to the independent touring Series, its Management Team and adopted a 2018 modified schedule.  One change on the schedule, the season opener at Autodrome St-Eustache (ASE) on May 20th is reinstated.  The second change is the rescheduling of the event planned for August 18th at ASE to September 8 where the Series’ Champion will be crowned... on the same day the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be making its visit to the St-Eustache facility just North of Montreal.

Car owners and drivers mandated the Shamrock Management team to try, one last time, to come to an agreement with Autodrome Chaudiere’s Management Team.

As promised, the Shamrock Management Team submitted, today, a counter offer to the track’s board of directors, which, if approved, would include a visit to the Beauce speed plant on July 28th.  Stay tuned for developments in the coming days.

The group will unveil its new name and several other announcements at the Salon de l’Auto Sport de Quebec on April 27-28-29.  The opening race of 2018 will take place at Autodrome St-Eustache on May 20th.

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Fabian Coulthard - No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Qualifying – 26th (Tech Breach)
Race 9 – 13th (Fastest Lap: 1m32.7657s)
Scott McLaughlin - No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Qualifying – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m29.5057s)
Race 9 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m32.1584s)
McLaughlin took his second win of 2018, and has assumed the Championship lead for the first time this year.

McLaughlin took pole position, and battled with Jamie Whincup across the entire race distance. He took victory by a margin of one-second.

RECAP: In qualifying for Race 9, both drivers took advantage of the track conditions early in the session, when a layer of rubber was still on the circuit following the Carrera Cup session. They both set their fastest laps on their second runs to take the top two positions, exiting their cars with eight minutes remaining in the session. No runners were able to improve later in the session, so Scott took his second pole of 2018, with Fabian right alongside.

Unfortunately a technical breach on Car 12 due to an error when changing the rear wing angle meant that he was excluded from the session, and had to start the race from the rear of the grid.

It would prove to be a strong race for the Shell V-Power Racing Team. McLaughlin started from pole position, and settled into second position behind Jamie Whincup after a battle into turn one off the start. Taking their first stops at the same time, Whincup maintained the smallest margin on exit, where they then settled in for a 20-lap stint until the final pit stop.

McLaughlin had pace over Whincup, and managed the gap between them. He again exited behind Whincup after the final stop, then executing a pass for the lead on lap 41 to then drive away and maintain a lead of around 1sec for the remainder of the race.

Coulthard got five places over the first lap, and then proceeded to use superior pace to pass plenty of cars. He was up ten places before his first stop, and then good stops and that continuing pace meant that he could drive through to 13th, a sensational result after starting last. McLaughlin now leads the Championship, one point in front of Whincup. Coulthard is 11th. The team sits third, 198 points off the lead and only nine points from second.

COULTHARD QUOTE: “I would have liked to have started on the front row, as we had incredible car pace but it wasn’t to be. We got past a few cars on the opening lap and had good speed through the majority of the race. With the qualifying breach we probably let a podium slip there, but the positive is that we have great pace, know that we can get the job done and have another chance to do it all again tomorrow.”

MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “I worked on Jamie for a few laps before making that pass, I thought about it for a while through that first stint and I knew I would have to be pretty decisive to get it done. He went just a little wide, and I threw it up the inside and made it stick. He was very strong down the straights, so I knew I wouldn’t get him there. It’s so awesome to be back on the top step at Phillip Island, I love this place and am looking forward to tomorrow.”
1. Scott McLaughlin                                   797
2. Jamie Whincup                                   796
3. David Reynolds                                       743
4. Shane van Gisbergen    738
5. Craig Lowndes 708
6. James Courtney 678
7. Scott Pye 667
8. Chaz Mostert 596
9. Tim Slade 551
10. Garth Tander 540
11. Fabian Coulthard 539

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3. Shell V-Power Racing Team 1336
4. Tickford Racing (Winterbottom/Mostert) 1120
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7. Nissan Motorsport (Kelly/Heimgartner) 804
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9. Triple Eight Race Engineering (Lowndes) 708
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Saturday 21 April, 2018
Phillip Island 500 - Saturday Qualifying & Race 1
Qualifying Race 1: Fifth (Fastest Lap: 1:30.2002)* started fourth due to car #12 grid penalty
Race 1: Fifth
Craig Lowndes (#888) - Holden Commodore ZB
"We had to start from the base in qualifying as we didn't quite maximise the practice sessions on Friday. We opted to go back to what we knew and made adjustments after the first run which improved the car. We made a further adjustment for the third run and the car was then at its best. I was very happy to qualify fifth. The start wasn't too good, I had too much clutch spin so I didn't get the drive off the line. We struggled at the beginning of the race with pace, we made an adjustment through the first pit stop which made the car better. On the last stop we made another change and the car was super fast. We had a really strong car at the end of the race, credit to everyone. We fought to the end and tried to have a good battle with Rick (Kelly). To finish fifth is still very positive and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
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Flamboro Speedway / Clay Collison's Light Will Carry On
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on April 21, 2018, 07:41:42 PM »
Clay Collison's Light Will Carry On

By Randy Spencer - "Under the circumstances, I really couldn't have asked for a better birthday. Really couldn't of, eventually I'll come to closure with the loss of my right hand man, best friend and cousin." Those were the words of Justin Collison after racing the Flamboro Speedway Enduro 300 on October 21st last fall. As most of us remember, we lost Clay Collison last October 10th as he tragically drowned after an accident. After days of searching and hoping the Collison family and friends had to come to grips with such a sudden and tragic loss of a young life.

Growing up Clay and Justin were very close, more like brothers than cousins. The Collison family have been in stock car racing for seven decades. Clay was more into football than racing at an early age but as he got older his passion for racing grew. That's when the two became inseparable. The late nights in the shop working on race cars is with out a doubt are some of the greatest memories Justin has of his cousin. Another good memory was the day Clay was tagged with the nickname "Board Slide Bandit". Racing an Integra at Flamboro, Clay made contact with another car and then the wall. He rode the wall like a skateboarder then over onto the left side of the car and slid down the front stretch. He was ok but from that day on Justin would call his cousin that. After wrecking the car he spent the next day completely stripping the car and fixed it so he could race Full Throttle (Varney) and Sauble in two weeks. He got it together and raced finishing 9th at Varney and 7th at Sauble. Clay really like to race the dirt and did so at Ohsweken. He planned to race a limited schedule and the odd Flamboro race this year. After bending the car after hitting the front straightaway wall in his first ever appearance there he was a bit discouraged but got it back together and started to get a grasp for the dirt scene.

Clay and Justin had planned to race more enduros in 2017 but life at the time got in the way and plans were shelved. With an enduro scheduled to close out 2017 at Flamboro, Justin needed to get back in the car to help get through the pain and knew he needed to do it for Clay. Only about a week after Clay's passing, with help from many friends and family they got the car together quick as Justin and Clay's family attended to funeral arrangements. The brakes boiled by lap 50 and the hand brake gave up on lap 180 but he still managed to bring the car home 27th place. Justin said he had a blast, the most fun he has ever had in a race car.

At the start of the race Justin sat in the car at the start/finish line and made the slow ride around in honour of Clay to take up his place in the starting line up. Justin said, "By far the most bone chilling lap I have ever done in my life." People and drivers that didn't even know him stood for a moment of silence. Justin said he started to tear up. The enduro was suppose to be the first one he was going to do. At the start of the race a few racers, Doug & Kody Moir along with A.J. Miller helped gather funds by passing the helmet around the pits and grandstands and raised $1285 to go to the family to help with expenses.  Justin was brought to the start/finish line at the end of the race where he was presented with the money. "I had know words to say. People that didn't even know him were donating. I am truly thankful to the Flamboro fans and officials," Justin said. His mom and dad Bill and Kelly were both humbled and thankful for everyone that donated to their son. He deserved one hell of a send off and with these donations, they were able to help give him that.
As for the 2018 race season, Justin will be racing his Super Stock at Flamboro Speedway. A lot of unexpected circumstances arose that didn't allow him to race in 2017. Justin felt bad letting down his sponsors and everyone involved with the team but this year, he is committed. As far as Clay's car goes, it's getting fixed and put back together. Where it will run hasn't been decided yet. "Hopefully Bill (Clay's dad) will drive it a couple times at first and who knows maybe you will see me making a hand full of mini stock appearances as well", Justin said. "He (Clay) had goals he wanted to accomplish and I (and we - Justin & Bill) plan to let that dream live on and hopefully accomplish those goals for him. I only hope to make him proud and get that 11c in victory lane like he always promised."
Newgarden eclipses Barber pole master Power for Verizon P1 Award
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Saturday, April 21, 2018) - Josef Newgarden didn't have to look far for the benchmark in qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park. Team Penske teammate Will Power is a four-time Verizon IndyCar Series pole winner at the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course.

Newgarden knew he would need to outperform Power in the Firestone Fast Six today to collect the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First, and he did just that - barely. Newgarden's last lap in the final round of knockout qualifying clipped Power by a mere 0.0128 of a second for top honors.


Newgarden will start first in Sunday's scheduled 90-lap race in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske, after a lap of 1 minute, 7.4413 seconds (122.773 mph). It earned Newgarden his first pole position at Barber and the third of his seven-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

"I think whenever you get the pole it's a good day," said Newgarden, who won last year's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on his way to the season championship. "It shows the speed of the car, it shows the work that everyone at Team Penske has put in.

"We all win together. (Power) could have easily had the pole. All three of us work so well together at Team Penske trying to make these cars fast."

Power's best lap in the Firestone Fast Six was 1:07.4541 (122.750 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Power will drive in his ninth Barber race on Sunday. He's started all but one from the first two starting positions. He's also the only driver to reach the Firestone Fast Six in the first three road- and street-course events this season, earning the second starting spot each time.

"The pole would have been nice," said Power, whose 50 career pole positions are tied for third most in Indy car history. "I'm sure you could pick out a number of little things on a lap when it's that close, but a little mistake out of (Turn) 9, a little lift here or there (would make the difference). Yeah, it was close."

Sebastien Bourdais fashioned his best Barber qualifying effort in eight tries, earning the third starting position with a lap of 1:07.5337 (122.605 mph) in the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan. Bourdais, who won the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, has never finished better than eighth in the race at Barber.

"It was almost perfect," Bourdais said of his lap. "I got every little bit of it I had and the SealMaster Honda No. 18 was good but obviously not quite good enough - just a tenth off. It's just super, super tight. Those (Team Penske) guys always seem to be able to step it up in (the Firestone Fast Six). ... It is what it is, but I'm pretty happy with that."

Ryan Hunter-Reay survived a short off-track excursion in the second round of qualifying to advance and earn the fourth starting position in the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport (1:07.7807, 122.159 mph). Like Power, Hunter-Reay is a two-time Barber race winner.

James Hinchcliffe qualified fifth in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda (1:07.9472, 121.859 mph), with Scott Dixon sixth in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda (1:08.0303, 121.710 mph). Marco Andretti barely missed reaching the Firestone Fast Six but will start a season-best seventh in the No. 98 Kerauno / Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.

Alexander Rossi, who won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 15 to take the points lead after three races, qualified eighth in the No. 27 Kerauno / Honda for Andretti Autosport. The point Newgarden earned for winning the pole today closed him within 21 of Rossi.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama airs live at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Mazda Road to Indy race recap

Pole sitter Pato O'Ward led all 30 laps, holding off Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta by 1.3247 seconds to win the first of two Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races this weekend at Barber. With the win, O'Ward took a one-point lead in the championship over Santi Urrutia (Belardi Auto Racing), who finished third in the race.

Likewise in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires weekend opener, Parker Thompson of Exclusive Autosport led every lap from the pole to win. Thompson finished 5.2269 seconds ahead of Harrison Scott (RP Motorsport).   
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For the first time since the 2017 season finale, all four Andretti Autosport Hondas advanced from Round 1 of qualifying into the top 12. With momentum continuing to roll from the streets of Long Beach, the quartet of drivers will look to secure the team's first podium finish on the 17-turn road course since 2014 when Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti occupied the top two podium steps.

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•OF NOTE: Earned his best starting position of the 2018 season after fighting in the Firestone Fast Six at a disadvantage to those from Group 2 who were able to save a set of Firestone alternate tires thanks to a red flag ended their session early
“It’s really been tough today to stay on top of the track conditions – they’ve been changing a lot. It feels more like an oval out there where the wind changes just a little bit and you have to adjust your driving style to it. It’s a lot of fun adjusting to that. We kind of got burnt there a little bit. Group 2 had a red [flag] that allowed them to save a new set of red tires to use at the end in the Firestone Fast Six. We got out-qualified by two guys that were on new red tires – but hats off to Newgarden, he did it on used tires. I think we got about everything we could have out of the 28 DHL Honda. Big props to the team for giving me what I needed today, we kept making the car better and better and hopefully we can do that for the race. It’s going to be interesting, it’s going to be wet tomorrow. Hopefully we can get this thing in and have an exciting rain race.” 
•OF NOTE: Showed the capabilities of the Kerauno car earning the 98 team their best starting position of the season
“The Kerauno boys did a great job rebounding from practice. I think we can win this race from seventh, especially if it’s wet. This was the first qualifying session that nothing drastic happened for us; it was the first normal session of the year. I think we wouldn’t have qualified out of the top 10 all year, pace wise, and I think we’ve shown that in the races. We’re a little closer to the front and that’s good – we need to stay here. I expect to be here, even if a lot of people don’t [expect it], I do.”
•OF NOTE: The current points leader will look to extend his lead in the championship and secure a fourth consecutive podium for the 27 team
“We’ve been on the outside of the five, bottom of the top six, all weekend so we tried to be aggressive with it to see if we could get through. We missed it by a bit. We didn’t get a lap together, quite honestly. I know the car had enough performance capability to transfer, but I just didn’t put it together. I think it would’ve been fifth or sixth so it’s not like we are too far off in eighth. Things will get interesting tomorrow with the weather, and we’ll fight to get the Kerauno / Military to Motorsports car to the podium.”
•OF NOTE: After spending the Friday overnight battling an illness due to a stomach bug, Veach earned his career-best starting position on the track where he made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in 2017
“Qualifying felt a little like being inside a washing machine. This is one of the toughest days I’ve ever had mentally in a race car. I’m just so thankful. I think we had the speed to get into the top 12 today, I know we got a little luck with Kanaan bringing out the red [flag]. It’s just good to get that monkey off the back. We left Long Beach saying we wanted to qualify a little better, and we did just that. Hopefully tomorrow when I come back a little more rested, we can make our way further up in the field. There’s so much more I want to develop. My end goal is miles away from where I’m at right now. I have to say, I did enjoy that last run in qualifying. You’ve got someone like Dixon in front of you, and he’s not pulling you that bad, or you’re running with Bourdais… it’s cool to be around that atmosphere. Once you get inside the top 10 in IndyCar, it’s pretty rarified air. I’m just so thankful and I’m going to keep working. I wasn’t happy until I was winning races in Indy Lights and I’m going to feel the same in IndyCar.” 

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama qualifying

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Qualifying Saturday for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (1) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 1:07.4413 (122.773 mph)
2. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 1:07.4541 (122.750)
3. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 1:07.5337 (122.605)
4. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 1:07.7807 (122.159)
5. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 1:07.9472 (121.859)
6. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 1:08.0303 (121.710)
7. (98) Marco Andretti, Honda, 1:07.6027 (122.480)
8. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 1:07.7488 (122.216)
9. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 1:07.8409 (122.050)
10. (6) Robert Wickens, Honda, 1:07.8455 (122.042)
11. (26) Zach Veach, Honda, 1:07.9894 (121.784)
12. (10) Ed Jones, Honda, 1:08.4386 (120.984)
13. (59) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 1:08.0235 (121.723)
14. (23) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 1:08.5494 (120.789)
15. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 1:08.1038 (121.579)
16. (19) Zachary Claman De Melo, Honda, 1:08.5531 (120.782)
17. (21) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 1:08.1184 (121.553)
18. (30) Takuma Sato, Honda, 1:08.5676 (120.757)
19. (20) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 1:08.3997 (121.053)
20. (88) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 1:08.9763 (120.041)
21. (4) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 1:08.5516 (120.785)
22. (32) Rene Binder, Chevrolet, 1:09.5404 (119.067)
23. (14) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 1:11.2015 (116.290)
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Jamie Whincup quickest in final practice at
Phillip Island

Seven-time Champion Jamie Whincup set the early pace at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 in another dual with arch rival Scott McLaughlin.

The Red and Blue combatants continued their head-to-head battle in Friday practice with Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Whincup the only driver to go under the 1m:30s mark from the day’s two sessions.

His Shell V-Power rival McLaughlin was tight on his rear bumper with the second DJR Team Penske car of Fabian Coulthard third and Tickford Racing’s Mark Winterbottom, in his 200th event this weekend, fourth in his Bottle-O Falcon.

The start of the session was delayed by 30 minutes for barrier repairs at Lukey Heights, required after a heavy crash in the preceding Porsche Carrera Cup practice session.

Whincup was fast straight away when the session got going, turning the weekend’s maiden sub-1:30s lap, his 1:29.9856s an effort that was never bettered.

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McLaughlin got within 0.2196s with two minutes left on the clock, when Whincup went back out but could not improve on his earlier flier.

“We put good tyres on at the start and then at the end,” said Whincup.

“We detuned the car unfortunately due the session, so we didn’t go as quick at the end. We’re there or thereabouts, the way we have the last few rounds, but those Penske cars are quick so we’re going to have to work hard to get pole.”

Nick Percat was fifth in Brad Jones Racing’s 250th Supercars event, ahead of Practice 1 pacesetter James Courtney. Chaz Mostert, Shane van Gisbergen - who survived a wild ride into pitlane mid-session - Will Davison and Scott Pye rounded out the top 10.

The Erebus Commodores of David Reynolds and top rookie Anton de Pasquale were 11th and 12th, with Todd Hazelwood the next-best newcomer in 15th and last-start winner Craig Lowndes 19th. Less than a second separated first from 15th.

De Pasquale continues to impress in his rookie year while Reynolds sit second in the Championship.

“He is a well-established driver,” Reynolds said. “We don’t need to question his ability, just give him the car to be able to do it.

“The Championship is won over a whole year, it’s not won in a race. This style of track probably wouldn’t suit our car if we were to mark the ones we aren’t good at. We need to really work at it.”

The grid for tomorrow’s first 250km race of the weekend is at 12.05pm with the race set for 3.45pm.


  1st – Jamie Whincup
  2nd – Scott McLaughlin
  3rd – Fabian Coulthard   1st – Jamie Whincup (658 points)
  2nd – Scott McLaughlin (647 points)
  2nd – David Reynolds (647 points)

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Friday 20 April, 2018
Phillip Island 500 - Friday Practice
Practice 1: Fourth (Fastest Lap: 1:30.7565)
Practice 2: 19th (Fastest Lap: 1:31.2627)
Craig Lowndes (#888)
"It was a productive day, we had a good first practice, we worked through some different setup changes which the car responded to well. In practice two unfortunately I think we went a bit too far with the setup, which is good to know now. We will work on it and go through the data in debrief. Overall we've learnt a lot today, I'm happy where we are at and looking forward to tomorrow."
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Fabian Coulthard - No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 1 – 8th (Fastest Lap: 1m31.2631s)
Practice 2 – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m30.2991s)
Scott McLaughlin - No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 1 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m30.6765s)
Practice 2 – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m30.2052s)

Coulthard and McLaughlin took spots in the top three in Friday practice, ahead of Qualifying tomorrow.

McLaughlin finished second, two-tenths behind Whincup. He's aiming for his third straight pole at PI.

RECAP:  Opening practice occurred in cold, overcast conditions as a fog lifted over the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. McLaughlin experienced a tyre failure in the middle of the session, forcing him to limp back to the garage for some minor damage repairs. He returned to the circuit with eight minutes remaining, and set the second fastest time of the session. Coulthard and his engineers looked to tune the balance on car 12, eventually ending the session in eighth. Practice 2 went by with no issues for either Shell V-Power Racing Team car. Both Shell V-Power Racing drivers are happy with the balance and set-up of their cars ahead of qualifying and a 250km race tomorrow.

COULTHARD QUOTE: “It’s good to finish Friday up the front, but obviously tomorrow is pay day. We’ll work hard overnight, hopefully make the cars a little bit nicer and come back harder tomorrow. It’s fun to drive around here, it’s a track that rewards a bit of bravery and has a combination of everything. It’s enjoyable to drive.”

MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “Overall it was a reasonable day. We focused largely on race pace for most of the day, so to bolt on a set of greens was good to see how we’ll go in qualifying tomorrow. We’ve now got a good idea of where the limits are thanks to popping that tyre in Practice 1, and then we had a good run in the final session.”
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