Leon Haslam will start his last races for BMW from the second row of the grid as he looks to bring his tenure with the German marque to a fitting conclusion.
Ahead of his impending switch to Honda, Haslam has endured a bruising weekend at Magny-Cours thus far after a crash in FP1 left him with an injury that required a hole to be drilled through his finger nail to relieve pressure.
Nonetheless, Haslam battled on undeterred to make it into SP3, where he went on to qualify in seventh position for the last two races of the 2012 season. Hoping the weather remains dry, Haslam is feeling confident about his chances come race day.
“For most of the year we struggled with the qualifying tyre. When today I had massive issues with my first qualifier in Superpole 2, I decided to not waste any time as we needed to make sure of getting into the top eight. So I used the other qualifying tyre with which we managed to get into Superpole 3. That meant I had no qualifying tyre left for the final section, so it was difficult but I am happy with the second row.
“Our race pace is good. I think the weather might take a turn tomorrow – which is the norm this season. We really need to try and anticipate the weather. If it is going to be similar to the past two days I am feeling pretty confident with it all.”