Ayumu smashes Phillip Island lap record to take pole
In qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, Ayumu Sasaki took the second Pole Position and the seventh front row of the year. He set a time of 1’35.854, which represents the new All Time Lap Record of the Phillip Island Circuit, a record that has stood since 2014. An absolute domination for Ayumu, since he was first Friday, and this morning he lowered his best lap in free practice 3, managing to keep the first position of the combined ranking.
During qualifying he made only one run and in the first lap he got pole, without using any trail. His very fast pace allowed him, in the lap after pole, to reach the group that preceded him. At the entrance of the last corner, to avoid being obstructed, he invented an overtaking on the outside, which projected him in first position, with a gap of almost a second on the first pursuer. At that point Ayumu went back to the pits to change the tire, but in fact he did not return to the track. Although he saw his advantage from the pits a decrease, our driver kept pole, with a gap of almost two tenths.
AYUMU SASAKI :
“I am happy with today, I am happy with my lap as well. I did two laps in a row and managed to make the fastest lap of this track! That was my target, because I missed it in FP3, so o was happy to do that. Being able to finish in pole position feels good, because i have been finishing always in P2 or P3 this season, so I am happy to be first, also this is a great momentum for tomorrow. My target is trying to win the race, in order to fight for the championship. I am ready, but it is going to be a difficult race. As you know, every time it is a big group, but hopefully I can make it to a small group for try to fight for the win.”