ULTIMATE MOTORSPORT ENDURE CHALLENGING QUALIFYING DEBUT
Team News: THE NEW ULTIMATE MOTORSPORT TEAM EXPERIENCED A TWO CHALLENGING QUALIFYING SESSIONS AHEAD OF THEIR DEBUT BRITISH F3 RACE AT OULTON PARK ON MONDAY.
The Northamptonshire team, which was set up little more than six months ago, arrived at the Cheshire circuit on the back of two promising recent tests with the all-new Mygale car but gearbox difficulties on Friday limited their final preparations.
Irishman Michael Devaney, who was sidelined in Friday's second practice session, continually improved his pace in first qualifying. But further gearbox problems mean he will start race two from the back of the grid after missing the second session.
Esteban Guerrieri returned from his home in Argentina and, driving a car much changed since his last test, he put in a good performance although his runs were troubled by brake difficulties that slowed his pace.
Team owner Barry Walsh said: "This has certainly been a challenging race meeting so far but you expect that with a new team and a new car, so full marks go to the team for their performance after working on Michael's car overnight.
"It was a shame Michael had another issue today but that will be solved for the race. We are not where we had hoped we would be on the grid but will be looking for a consistent run and a top ten finish on Monday."
Guerrieri added: "We were struggling with brake problems during the sessions and that meant I could not maximise the potential of the car. We will be looking at these issues and hope to make an improvement in time for the race on Monday."
Devaney said: "We have had some tough breaks over the last two days and it was hard for me to have to miss the second session. But this is a real driver's circuit and we will be looking to keep on track and get to the chequered flag on our debut."
QUALIFYING TIMESGuerrieri - Q1: 16th, 1:31.317 (15 laps) Q2: 17th, 1:31.343 (13 laps)Devaney – Q1: 21st, 1:31.748 (13 laps) Q2: No time (0 laps)