After the disappointment of his crash in the opening qualifying session at Surfers Paradise, Sebastien Bourdais bounced back to snare a place on the second row of the grid for his penultimate race in the Champ Car World Series.

The Frenchman admitted that he was forced to build confidence back up going into Saturday's session following his shunt but was able to qualify alongside Paul Tracy on row two as he chases only his second win on the Gold Coast - and a win that would secure another Champ Car title before he leaves Newman Haas Lanigan Racing to head to Formula 1.

"The guys did a really good job fixing the McDonald's car and we have a good balance but unfortunately we have a problem with traction that we haven't quite figured out," he said. "We've never had the problem before so I am pretty happy that I could put in that last lap because it would have been pretty bad otherwise. It's tough out there; we had the crash yesterday and had to build the confidence back up without taking stupid chances and making another sleepless night for the guys which is very easy around here.

"I'm trying to have some fun but it's been a little difficult this weekend. We only won once here but we started from the front row every time before now so it looks like its pretty irrelevant so we'll try something new. We'll give it our best shot. The car balance is pretty good, we worked really hard on it for two days and we're nearly where we wanted to be. We've just got to fix the traction issue and once we do that we'll be in pretty good shape. After that, its one of those races where everything can happen so we'll keep on plugging away.

"Our performance is not related to Justin from here on out, it's just related to finishing. I'm pretty relaxed (about the title). Obviously all we want to do is make sure we don't get into something bad. We'll just work hard at trying to win the race."


Loading Comments...