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Davies: I almost lost the front 10 to 15 times…

16 September 2013

Chaz Davies says set-up issues as a result of reduced track time around Istanbul Park were to blame for his failure to make an impression on the leaders in Turkey.

Coming into the round fresh from his victory at the Nurburgring, Davies had hoped to mount a similar challenge at Istanbul Park, but struggled from the outset aboard the BMW.

Frustrated to lose dry track time on the Saturday, Davies admits he struggled in the first race to find grip, claiming to almost losing the front-end '10 to 15 times'. Though he fared better in race two, Davies could only manage eighth and sixth place finishes

“After missing a lot of track time yesterday, it was difficult today. In the time available, we struggled to find a good set-up. I was lacking grip on the front and the rear and also struggling with the stability and balance. I was not happy with race one. After warm-up, we made a small change to the balance to try and find more grip in the rear but it just made the front worse.

“It was so easy to lose the front; I think that happened to me 10 to 15 times throughout the race. I couldn't enter the corner fast; every time I tried to use the front brake with any lean angle I would tuck the front and not only that but I also struggled with rear grip. I wasn't able to do any better so that was very frustrating.

“I was much happier with race two which was definitely better. It was half the gap to the leaders than in race one but in the end it was not good enough. We really made a step in the right direction but we could not completely solve the issues we had in race one. I think a third race would have suited us. I am not sure if I would have been in podium contention then but for sure we would have further improved and would come even closer.”


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