The qualifying session itself started wth the track dry, but a 60% chance of rain.
With the short lap, and 30 cars on the circuit, track position was at a premium, and as a result the out laps were very slow with no driver wanting to take the lead. This compromised the ability to prepare the warmth in the tyres and much of the field started their laps on under prepared tyres. Calan was also in the situation and though producing a solid lap, it was not on the pace he would have liked.
As the field left the pits with their second set of tyres, and around 10 mins to go, a few drops of rain started. During the preparation laps, one car came to a halt on the straight and forced a red flag. Whilst this cost time, it may have been a blessing as whilst in the pits waiting for the car to be cleared, the rain stopped.
With 8 minutes on the clock once the session restarted, the pressure was high with there likely to only be two flying laps completed.
Calan's first flying was good, putting him up to P8, and then he pushed straight away again. The first sector was thje quickest of the session, the second sector very quick and then with 2 corners to go he came on a wall of 10 or more slow cars destroying the lap. With a top 5 (at least) result ruined, he just crossed the line in time to go again.
In the final lap he narrowly bettered his time, which at the end of the session put him P13, and only 1 hundredth of a second outside P12 which would have been a reverse top 12 Pole Position for Race 1.
However, whilst having a little misfortune, in a very complex and high pressure session, this was a competitive result which will allow him the opportunity to shoot for 3 strong points finishes over the 3 races.
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