AUTODROM MOST QUALIFYING
In a thrilling
qualifying session held in hot and humid conditions, 22 year old South
African Earl Goddard set the fastest ever lap time at Autodrom Most,
1:15065, to take pole position for tomorrow's fourth round of the
NDS EuroBOSS Series. An impressive grid of 17 cars took to the circuit in
what proved to be the most exciting qualify session ever experienced in
EuroBOSS. The lead changed back and forth between four drivers,
Goddard-- winner of the previous round, Austrian Frederico Careca,
Dutchman and Series leader Klaas Zwart, and Canadian Robbie Stirling in
the Reynard Indy Car, before Goddard took control in the closing stages.
The Autodrom Most lap record, set in 2000 by Josef Neuhauser, was broken
three times during the twenty minute qualifying session, twice by
Goddard, his first time bettered almost immediately by Frederico Careca
driving a 1995 Arrows Ford HB V8, before the 1:15.065 time was set on
Goddards' 8th lap.
British driver and winner of the first two races of the season, Phil
Andrews, in his V10 Ascari Judd, struggled to find clear track and was
languishing in an unfamiliar 7th place until, with just two seconds left
on the clock, he raced over the line to snatch 3rd place ahead of his
team mate Zwart.
16 year old Scott Mansell once again demonstrated that
he is a true talent, with a superb driving display to put his 1991 F3000
Reynard Mugen in 11th place ahead of five of the more powerful cars.
Tomorrow's race promises much, the top six drivers qualified within
a second of each other and all have the power and ability to win the
race. Severe tyre blistering was a concern for many of the teams during
qualifying and it is highly probable that tyre wear will play a
significant role in the outcome of the race.
Earl Goddard, Driver, Kockney Koi Yamitsu:
I arrived today knowing that Fred [Frederico Careca] and Klaas [Zwart]
would be quick with their prior knowledge of the circuit. I knew if I was
going to make pole, with all the traffic, I would have to make the lap
myself and the only way I can describe it is a banzai lap, throwing
caution to the wind-- Schumacher style! I am very pleased that in
the process I broke the lap record.
Frederico Careca, Driver, Robin Hooker Racing:
I am very pleased to be on the front row. It's great for the team
but I had the same traffic problems as Earl [Goddard]. The Arrows is
slower than the Benetton through the corners but with the long pit
straight I managed to keep pace with it. I am very surprised to
out-qualify the Ascari's, maybe my luck is starting to change after
problems in the first two rounds.
Phil Andrews, Driver, Team Ascari:
I only had three opportunities to get a clear lap throughout the session
and when I came up to the chequered flag I knew that if I could get
through in time I could go for it. The track had cleared but my tyres
were severely blistered. I decided to push hard but was sliding all over
the place. I'll settle for the second row. The track is the best we
driven on; it is safe, challenging and very quick.
Klaas Zwart, Driver, Team Ascari:
I am frustrated by the outcome. I was setting up for my first clean lap
when it was interrupted by a car coming out of the pits. We brought the
car in and adjusted the front wing to try and combat the car moving
around, but when we went back out the car was literally going sideways in
to most of the major bends. When I came in again we discovered the tyres
Scott Mansell, Driver, Zig Zag Mansell Motorsport:
I drove the car right on the edge of its' ability within the
current set-up, but I believe there is still a bit more in it. We will
look at the gearing tonight to see if there is room for improvement. I
was experiencing understeering on the hairpins but I am very very pleased
with my performance. This is the fastest I have been in the car and I
managed to get it flat out in the esses.