British GP: Strong third starting position after a rain hit qualifying
Jonas Folger did count as a hot contender for a front row start ahead of qualifying practice already. However, as soon it started to rain his chances increased massively.
Also on day two of practices at the British Grand Prix the changeable weather played a decisive role. Similar to the previous day, some rain drops did affect the mornings free practice though the track’s conditions remained dry for the entire session. Folger confirmed as fifth fastest rider that it is to count with him. However, as said by the forecast it started to rain at lunch time so team and riders first had to adapt to the changed conditions during the early stages of the 45 minutes long timed session before get focussed on lap times. Nevertheless, the 23-year-old KALEX rider in Dynavolt Intact GP was a frontrunner from the very first moment this afternoon. Beyond that, Folger found the right balance between pushing hard and a controlled ride in these such as tricky conditions during his final laps to storm to another front row start for him in the end. For race day the weather situation should improve though Folger remains calm and don’t take notice about all the forecasts as he targets a strong performance also in dry conditions. He finished every session in the top five which gives confidence too.
Starting time for the season’s twelfth points haul is scheduled for Sunday at 3:00 pm CET due to a change to the time schedule for race day.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex), Grid position 3rd – 2´27.502 (14/16):
“Obviously I’m happy about today’s qualifying. P3 on the grid is a great starting position anyway. But it wasn’t an easy task to find the right balance between pushing hard and don’t risk too much, particularly due to the rain which changed in terms of strengthen several times. In addition, the tarmac changes many times at this track. In one corner you can push more whilst it’s pretty precarious in the next one. So for this it’s really difficult to find a consistent rhythm throughout a lap. In today’s conditions it was a really big task because of the low grip level at this track in the rain. Nevertheless, I was able to achieve this front row start which is important for the race. I’m really happy about this. For tomorrow’s warm up, our plan is to fine tune the setting even more and I hope, that I’ll make a good start in order to race at the front from the very first beginning. Anyway how the weather will appear, I think that w’re also well prepared for dry conditions. I’m fast anyway and also the feeling is great. My victory two weeks ago in Brno gives us a boost for sure and it would be so great to win the next race of finish it on the podium at least again too. With just a little bit of race luck you never know what will happen. But in any case, the chance is there to race at the fierce end of the competition.”
Moto2™ Qualifying Classification:
1 Sam LOWES / GBR / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 / KALEX / 2´26.740
2 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / KALEX / 2´27.139 +0.399
3 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 2´27.502 +0.762