Pau Race 1: Quotes from the Podium

Pau Race 1: Quotes from the Podium

Dušan Borković (first): “It was a long period of time without winning, especially winning Race 1 because it’s special for every driver as it’s not so satisfying if you finish P1 in Race 2. I did a good job at the start as I knew putting the tyres in the right position was important. This was only the third time that I’d started in the Hyundai Elantra, as I never tried a practice start in the Free Practice sessions and in Portimão I was getting used to the Elantra, so luckily it went really well. P1 is really important for me and for the team, who did a great job. We didn’t do any testing and I don’t have a teammate to work out where you are faster and where you are losing. Here, one or two tenths are really important. Pauwels did a really good job with the ballast and he was really fast. Hello to Serbia and all my fans; I want to dedicate the win to everyone who was affected by the recent events in my country.”


Kobe Pauwels (second):“All the action happened at the start; Viktor Andersson was not moving at all. My initial launch was very good and I had the feeling that I could challenge in the braking for T2 but then I had to go around Viktor and I lost the speed. Compared to Borković, who had an amazing race, I would have hoped to get some chances in T2 to go around the outside of him but I couldn’t do that so I chose the safer option and just followed him. Then I was blocked by one of the backmarkers and Borković could increase the gap by a few seconds. It was unfortunate but we were both on a similar pace. It’s a good result, everyone is happy and so am I. It’s good points for the Championship and the cars in front and behind me had zero kilos so this was not so easy, especially in Sector 1 when you go up the hill, so it was tight always for me. I was often purple in Sectors 2 and 3, so it shows we have the speed.”


Isaac Smith (third):“I think we went a bit stiff with the car and we ended up with some tyre wear, so we ended up with Cayrolle storming up behind and he got very close. I backed him up a little bit and he disappeared in the end. Consistency was the key. I’ve never driven anywhere like this; it’s completely different – I said yesterday that it’s like Cadwell Park (a British circuit) on steroids with walls around it! Not a lot makes sense; you feel closed in everywhere whereas if you go to Portimao, it's not easier but it’s easier on your brain. We’re going to try to move forward in Race 2 and score some points but it’s damage limitation really, this one, to try to score points against the people who are ahead of us.”


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