TRACY BACK, BOURDAIS LEADS TESTING IN MONT-TREMBLANT

 
 

MONT-TREMBLANT (May 25, 2007) - The young Minardi Team USA drivers might have dominated the first day of testing at Circuit Mont-Tremblant yesterday but it was a pair of veterans that took over the top-two spots during the second and final day at the picturesque laurentien circuit.

Three-time Champ Car Champion Sebastien Bourdais clocked the fastest time of the two days with a 1:16.41, unofficially breaking the track record of 1:20.0 recorded in 2005 in a 1995 Reynard on a track that did not feature the turn one chicane that the Champ Cars now have to negotiate.

"The track does seem to pick up a large amount of grip so sometimes it gets difficult to read what the changes are doing and what is in the track but I think we made some progress," said Bourdais. "There were a few test items that we wanted to get an answer on because we didn't have many laps with the limited testing rule. We didn't use many tires either so I was very happy with the way the whole thing went. Hopefully we can come back here and have a good race."

The Frenchman was followed closely by last season's runner-up Justin Wilson who registered a lap of 1:16.54, while a few rookies Tristan Gommendy, Robert Doornbos and Graham Rahal rounded out the top five.

Dutchman Doornbos, who led yesterday's test session, was particularly impressed with the venue and satisfied with his team's performance over the last two days.

"I was surprised, I'm not normally a nature type of guy but this is a really nice place and the circuit is really quite beautiful. It is all a driver wants, fast turns, a lot of blind corners, up hill, down hill, it's really fun to drive. Every lap I have a smile on my face," expressed the Minardi Team USA rookie. "The team is working hard and the engineers are doing their homework and I am doing my homework to improve and slowly we are getting to the front. We have to continue to push hard because the other teams are getting quicker as well but I think it has been a successful two days. I'm looking forward to the next race."

 

 
 
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