Of all the rounds this fifth one was the most tense round of them all, it is the last chance for you to show what you got and put yourself into the highest main you can. For the TLR team it was all the same but Darren Bloomfield had the chance to take the overall TQ of the European Championship which it a huge deal to him and TLR. We also had several of the team members very close to making the semi finals so the excitement was definitely high in our pit.
When the final round started this afternoon we knew it only can down to Darren and two other drivers for the TQ Darren did have the advantage being in the final heat and being able to see what the other two drivers would do for time. Darren knew if the others were not able to TQ he would have it and that is exactly what happened.
When it came down the Darrens heat he had known the TQ was all his. Despite securing the TQ Darren would go out for his final round a put down the fastest run of the event and take the final round TQ Teammate Miguel Matias had some big mistakes that would give him his first rough round that will not mean much as he was already secured himself 6th overall, which is a great starting position in the semi finals.
Alex Zanchettin would put in another strong run in Q5 but looks to be just missing out on the semi final main for now. He will be looking strong tomorrow and plans to bump himself in. This is the same for Hannes Kaufler and Henrik Nilsson also putting in great runs in Q5 but will also be on the outside looking in tomorrow for the semi finals. I am very happy with the results of the team at this point with two drivers in the semi finals and a few others just outside that will the consistence that they have had could let themselves bump their way in.
When we should up to the track this morning the first thing we all did was look at the track to see if it was wet or not. Gratefully, when we looked it was the same as we left it the day before but unlike yesterday the sun was out early and it looked to be a much hotter day. This was not the case because as soon as I was thinking this, the clouds rolled in again and seemed to be very close to the temps of yesterday.
Today was a bit more intense then the first day of qualifying for me and others on the team as we had such a great day yesterday that we really wanted to keep the moment going. It was also very close for the TQ going into today with Darren and a couple of other racers. TQ is not too big of a deal since you still have to race the semi final to get a spot in the main but it is a great feeling to get the TQ of an event like this. All things aside Darren and Miguel were both feeling really well this morning and excided to get the fourth and fifth round underway.
It should as Darren came out swinging today with a couple of mistakes in his first run but was able to put down some of the fastest laps of the event to put himself back onto pace in Q4 and again just missing TQ by 1 sec Miguel would also show he was fired up by showing some sheer speed in Q4 when he had a couple of big mistakes that put him back quite a ways but was able to drive his way back to a sixth.