Van Dam: I knew pole was possible
|By Steven English||Friday, November 14th 2008, 08:23 GMT|
Carlo van Dam says he was confident that we would be able to improve his practice pace to snatch pole position from Edoardo Mortara, who had dominated the Macau Grand Prix weekend up until final qualifying today.
Mortara was quickest in every session until van Dam took pole with his last lap of this afternoon's final qualifying, but the Dutchman always believed he would be able to challenge for the top spot when it mattered.
"Qualifying is always a different story to practice and I was confident I would improve," said van Dam. "On my second last run I hit the guardrail at Turn 9 so for the last five laps my steering wasn't easy. But I was still confident I would improve and I did.
"I expected the track to be a bit quicker than it was today, yesterday's times were very good. I think the touring cars put more oil on the track today. ."
Van Dam just wants to make it through tomorrow's qualifying race unscathed and is hoping to stay out of trouble at the front.
"Tomorrow is just another qualifying really, the most important thing is just to be in the front somewhere to prepare for Sunday," he added. "But it's looking good so far."