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PROCAR80_40Grant Riddall – Winner

Q1 – About half way into the season, you have bagged 3 victories out of 4 and one third at the Avus. That Avus 3rd could as well have been a win really. So, are you planning on just winning them all?

GR: I think it has looked easier than what it has been. At Donnington, Thiago or Austin could have easily won. Avus, Jacob, David and myself again, any of us could have won. Monaco, Austin had it in the bag and at Norisring Jaques was on form but ran into shifter problems…. So really, I think it has been a lot of factors playing into my hands. But remember the start of the Formula 1 ’71 championship, I had a great start and then a struggle to the end. That can easily happen again.

Q2 – At Donington and Avus, your driving style looked more contained than what we were accustomed to from the Surtees F1 1971-days. At Monaco and the Norisring, it again looked more like you were on the ragged edge. Does that ragged edge work better for you, or am I just seeing things?

GR: My strengths are street circuits by far. I love them. And when on a street circuit it’s easier for myself to set the car up to have a loose back-end and ‘sling’ the car into the turns. My driving style is very similar by default. But yes, at Donington and Avus, I have been working on a more all round collected approach to my driving.

Q3 – The Norisring is another German track that is considered by many as not really a track. Yet, even if it looks simple on paper, I actually felt it had a nice flow with interesting hairpins, making the racing way better then at AVUS and Monaco. Would you agree?

GR: I do agree. It’s not my favourite, but it does provide a great racing atmosphere and plenty of opportunities. It’s amazing how much a track with 4 turns can deliver racing wise

 

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Jacob Fredriksson – Silver Medal

Q1 – Grant looks like holding this thing in a stranglehold. Should Monaco have panned out differently, you would probably be second in the current standings. The series is now moving on to, let’s say, “real race tracks”. Do you think that may cause a shift in the current balance of strengths?

JF: Nope, Grant is strong at all kind of tracks. I may be able to challenge him, but am not thinking of the championship at all. I take it one race at a time, trying to make the most of the current one.

Q2 – You had a fantastic start at the Norisring, challenging Jaques and Riddall for the lead in the first corner. Was it just a good start or had there been some set-up work on the car to have such a good start?

JF: I think it was a combination of warm tyres and circumstances. I will try to copy that start from now on, but I don’t really know what made the difference between me and the rest.

Q3 – The Norisring is another German track that is considered by many as not really a track. Yet, even if it looks simple on paper, I actually felt it had a nice flow with interesting hairpins, making the racing way better then at AVUS and Monaco. Would you agree?

JF: I thought it felt a bit like American short oval racing. Very hectic, a lot of traffic, an emphasis on consistent driving will determine where you will finish. So it requires a special driving style. It’s a fun track that way, but it is no Spa or Brands Hatch.

 

PROCAR80_25Thiago Canola – Bronze Medal

Q1 – Grant looks like holding this thing in a stranglehold. The series is now moving on to, let’s say, “real race tracks”. Do you think that may cause a shift in the current balance of strength?

TC: You know, Grant has proved he is fast in anything that has wheels on it and the real track thing will not make any difference in my opinion. He has everything to win a next couple of races and seal this championship! I will keep having fun as usual, keeping the car on the track and far from the walls.

Q2 – You looked like the man to beat around here during the entire week leading up to the race. In the race, it however seemed that Grant’s, David’s and Jacob’s pace was a tad to fast to hang on? Did the fuel heavy car suit your set-up/driving less?

TC: The car was just fine! I just overprotect it like in real life. Really afraid to blow up the engine or flat spot the tires. But it isn’t an excuse. These guys always have a card under their sleeve and they are great drivers!!!

Q3 – The Norisring is another German track that is considered by many as not really a track. Yet, even if it looks simple on paper, I actually felt it had a nice flow with interesting hairpins, making the racing way better then at AVUS and Monaco. Would you agree?

TC: I totally agree! Besides having a simple layout, Norisring has better overtaking areas, very technical hairpins after braking from not absurd speeds like in Avus and with a wide enough track to enable different apex and exit lines. Sadly I didn’t experience it during the race but I can tell by watching the broadcast. Smile

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