De Puniet scores best-ever CRT grid spot in Australia

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet put in a stunning performance during qualifying at Phillip Island today to score the highest ever CRT grid spot in ninth.

De Puniet gave a warning of his potential around the track with the seventh fastest lap of the final free practice this morning and he followed up with another lap seemingly beyond his means to seal a third row start against all the odds.

9th Randy De Puniet

"I am really happy with the way things are going this weekend. We have been fast from the start and my feeling with the bike is great here. I am really enjoying myself and I hope this continues tomorrow through to the end of the race. We start from the third row, which is a great achievement for a CRT bike, having been seventh fastest this morning. I think we could have gone even faster in qualifying this afternoon but the conditions changed at the end of the session. Anyway I feel comfortable and confident. The objective is to hang on to the prototypes in the race and see what happens. I need to pull as many points back as possible on my team-mate but it will be tough because he is looking strong here too. Today was a great day; hopefully tomorrow is another one."

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