Difficult qualifying day for Augusto Fernandez in Valencia
Qualifying day at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia proved to be a difficult experience for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in cool and cloudy conditions that dominated this morning’s final Free Practice and both qualifying sessions.
Augusto Fernandez faces a tough fight from 21st on the grid but he is setting his sights on a strong points-scoring finish in tomorrow’s penultimate round, which is scheduled to get underway at 12:20pm local time.
Augusto ended this morning’s FP3 session with a best time of 1’35.258, which left him outside of Q2 in 18th position, but the times were so incredibly close that the 23-year-old was only half-a-second away from P1.
The Spaniard was able to set his best lap of the weekend in overcast conditions in the opening 15-minute qualifying session and as a result he will start his attack for the top 15 from the seventh row.
“I am not happy with how today went. We made a small step compared to yesterday, but it wasn’t enough and we didn’t improve to be where we want or need to be. It is difficult to find the right way to progress at the moment and it is complicated by the fact that the lap times are so tight. Only a small amount of time can make a big difference in terms of your position on the timesheets, but I am quite far back on the grid. We need to find something in the bike that permits me to run a more comfortable pace and the target is to fight hard and score some points.”