Katherine Legge reckoned that she could have posted a top ten qualifying time in the first of two scheduled sessions for this year's Lexmark Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise had it not been for red flags.

Although almost all of the 17 drivers were affected by the two interruptions to qualifying, Legge slipped back a handful of positions after deciding not to join the melee in the final two minutes.

"All the traffic and red flags really hurt our time today," the Briton admitted, "We were running in the top ten but, after the last red flag, we decided not to go out and risk anything happening to the car. In doing so, we ended up allowing a couple drivers to overtake me."

In contrast to many of the earlier rounds this year, Legge was reasonably happy with the way here #11 Dale Coyne Racing machine had performed on the tricky Australian street circuit.

"We have a little work to do to the car but, overall, it preformed great today," she reflected, "I'm looking forward to tomorrow and improving some positions."


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