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They said what? ETCC drivers on Zolder qualifying

They said what? ETCC drivers on Zolder qualifying

19/09/2015 17:18

David Kajaia, Michal Matĕjovský, Niklas Mackschin and Mato Homola attended the post-qualifying press conference for FIA ETCC Race of Belgium. This is what they had to say.

Q:
It was a very special qualifying with the rain setting in. How was it for you?

DK:
Of course I am very happy. My car was in a very good condition and my team did a great job. The car was perfect and I like very much this circuit. I could have done better because I made one mistake in my first lap when I went out after missing a braking point but I am happy and I am in pole position for the first time in my debut [season in the ETCC] so thank you for everyone involved.

Q:
Zolder has a reputation for being a difficult track to overtake on – what does this mean to you with tomorrow’s races in mind?

DK:
Yes, of course it’s a good thing for me. I will try to keep my position for the first race tomorrow.

Q:
Six or seven minutes of dry and then rain. What was the feeling like at that point when you knew you were on pole in your class?

MH:
Obviously I am happy [with pole] but it was a little bit weird qualifying because of the weather. There was just one or two laps to make a good lap. I had a good lap until sector three when I was slowed down by [Ibrahim] Okyay in the BMW and I lost three or five tenths and that’s a lot. But it’s really nice to be on pole in my class. There is little gaps between us and it’s great that I have three points.

Q:
You’re second in the Single Make Trophy standings right now with the double-points finale in Sicily still to come after here. So what’s the plan for tomorrow – win both races?

MH:
In the dry conditions we were really fast with a really good pace and for one lap on a long run. I hope tomorrow I can win both races – it would be great for the championship and I believe it’s possible.

Q:
Three points for you in your TC2 title bid Michal, how was qualifying for you?

MM:
Well it was a little fast for me because I had the strategy to do the fastest lap I could [early] and that was a good strategy because after two laps we had rain. We were very happy that we didn’t use any new tyres so we have two new sets of [Yokohama] tyres for tomorrow. That’s fine and I am looking forward to tomorrow with new tyres. Like in Brno I will try to do something similar to be faster than the other cars but we will see for tomorrow. The strategy is to get the maximum points before Pergusa.

Q:
It’s the first time at Zolder for most ETCC drivers. What’s the track like to drive in your BMW – what are the nice parts?

MM:
Overall the circuit is very nice. The first corner is very tricky and when you go too fast you have too much oversteer and fight a little bit with the car. The chicanes are nice, the first uphill after down. But overall the track is fast and curvy and I like it very much.

Q:
So there will be good fighting in the two races tomorrow?

MM:
Yeah, I think there will be good fights. I hope there will be good fights with the other cars [in TC2] and the turbo cars.

Q:
Fastest in Super 1600 Niklas, please talk us through your qualifying?

NM:
The first five or six minutes was good with slicks then the rain came. Obviously I was quick too in the rain but I look forward to the race and I hope I can repeat this qualifying performance in both races tomorrow. I want to keep my championship lead heading to Pergusa.

 

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