Post by redlaserbm on Nov 5, 2016 16:53:54 GMT
Lone Point Lone Bright Spot in Week 1 for Redwood(11/5/2016) Redwood Racing struggled through its first two races in SAGTC, managing one point in an otherwise lackluster showing. Redwood driver Krizz obtained the lone point in the season opener at Parson's and is slated to start on pole position for Raton Canyon next week. Both drivers talked about the week of racing in a post-race press conference highlighted below:
Krizz, you were able to score Redwood's first point of the season at Parson's with a 12th place finish, how did you feel about the race? What kind of momentum will this present the team when they go to Raton Canyon?
"Well first I have to thank everyone working at Redwood Racing for a great job on the car. In the race I was able to stay out of trouble for the whole race, ofcourse starting at P7 helped with that. Anyways the Seven-70 felt quite good around Parsons and with a pit strategy that allowed me to drive on my own around the track for the most time helped me to find a good rhythm. Neverless I have to point out that I´ve gained the last 3 postition because of people infront of me had issues, so luck was a factor aswell. So for Raton Canyon I hope that I can show a clean race again, stay out of trouble and try to get a good result from the pole postion. The track itself feels really good to drive on and the view´s you have around it are amazing too. To answer your second question directly, I´m really looking forward to that race, starting on P1, so definitely some positive momentum going in that race."
Gamerer, it looked like you were going to have a strong start on Montreal and have a shot at the points but you got caught up in a crash, what happened?
"Uh, well Montreal we were starting in the mid pack, it's kind of a tough position there being in the eye of the storm. I felt really good about the car, we ran some solo tests and hit a couple of mid 1:07's, so I figured if I went on the aggressive at the start I could grab a spot up in the top 12 real quick and just try and stick around there. These starts, they're really important , they're the best way to grab spots in a race. I saw Tspoon slip up off the corner, he left open a little gap, and I went for it, trying to get into the top 10 and all. Usually you don't want to go 2-wide there but he lost enough momentum off the corner that I figured I had a decent shot of getting him once we got though the chicane. Instead it looks like he clipped the barrier the wrong way and I was just along for the ride after that. After I got the car back on the track in about last place I was struggling to try and replicate the pace I was hitting in practice, I think I need a bit more seat time with the car to get used to how it feels, maybe mess around with the brake pads a little. It's unfortunate for the guys at the shop, we poured a couple of hours in making these cars drive the best they can, but you gotta take those risks to grab positions, sometimes it's works out, sometimes it doesn't, today it didn't, and we'll just have to move on from this. We'll have our work cut out for us in week 2 starting from the back there, but we're looking on the bright side for that."
(Above) Tspoon lag-clips the inside barrier, triggering a crash involving him, Gamerer, and PTgodPT
Krizz, this question overlaps a bit with the last question: Both you and your teammate struggled at Montreal, why did that happen? What will you two do to recover from the poor showing? Is there anything good you can takeaway from this race? The week as a whole?
"You know, you can´t have great races everytime and this was definitely the case for us at montreal. Both of us where allready at the back after the first lap, BIGGamerer because of an unlucky crash and me because I started last. So we had to push for the whole race to make up some positions. I´d say that all the luck we had for this week was used by me in the parsons race, so after that we had a tough time. Anyways I saw some positive things aswell. For example, we had a decent pace on both tracks and even more important that we didn´t gave up at any point of the races and tried to get the most out of any race, so that should and will give us a good feeling for the next races and the rest of the season."
Gamerer, similar question, is there anything good you can takeaway from the week as a whole?
"Krizz on pole for Raton Canyon is gonna be pretty exciting, he ran a clean race on Parson's, if he can get out front and get some more time in that clean air he'll be sure to have a shot at the points once again. I was actually fairly encouraged by the times we hit in practice with the Seven70 before Montreal. Usually I'm about a second off the top guys but this time around I hit a couple of laps that were just off top-5 pace. The problem was I couldn't hit those laps during the race, nor do it consistently. So we'll work on that, it's an uphill climb from here for me with the bad starting spots but I've had brilliant drives before from the back of the field, we'll use up the white cards, light up some Redwoods, and get ready for week 2."