Turvey pleased with day's progress
|By Steven English||Saturday, November 15th 2008, 10:32 GMT|
Oliver Turvey says he was pleased with the progress he made today after climbing from eighth on the grid to fourth place in the Macau Grand Prix qualification race.
The Briton was disappointed with his fourth row grid slot in qualifying yesterday, but met his target of picking up a few places ahead of tomorrow's main event.
"I didn't get a good start because (Roberto) Merhi stalled right in front of me and I had to lift to get round him," said Turvey. "But I got a really good slipstream and I passed four cars on the way to Turn 1 - I think a lot of them lifted at Mandarin and I stayed flat."
Turvey was up to fourth by the first corner and maintained that position for the rest of the race, soaking up pressure from Sam Bird behind while trying to pressure Roberto Streit in third.
"I think I was quicker than the two cars ahead (Streit and Keisuke Kunimoto) but it would have been a bit risky to try to overtake them," Turvey said. "I had a look but I wasn't close enough at the end of the straight, so I decided it was better just to take fourth today.
"I've got a good chance to win from the second row - I could even be in the lead by the first corner if I have another run to Lisboa like today. If I can finish on the podium it would be great, but the win would be even better."