Teddy Clairet ‘very happy’ with P2 in Jarama qualifying after ‘really tough year’

After both Teddy Clairet and his brother Jimmy finished in the top three in qualifying at Jarama the Frenchman admitted that ‘it’s important for us to both be in a good position’.

Both of the Clairet brothers have looked impressive so far this weekend at the Spanish circuit and Teddy was the driver who managed to get closest to the dominant Mikel Azcona ahead in both parts of the qualifying session on Friday afternoon.

Although neither are in the running for the championship as the season concludes this weekend, Teddy did admit afterwards that he was delighted with the performance of both him and his brother.

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“I’m very happy,” said the pleased Team Clairet Sport man. “This is my best Qualifying result this year and the season has been really tough.

“We don’t really know the track as it’s our first time here, so we are very happy with our pace and to be P2 and P3 because it’s important for both of us to be in a good position.

“I’m really happy for the team, for our mechanics who’ve worked really, really hard and for Peugeot.”

He then went on to add that the pair’s second and third place positions on the grid could prove vital for a pair of strong results as they aim to finish the season as high up the leaderboard as possible.

“Okay, Mikel is six tenths quicker, but he knows the track and so he is really quick here,” explained Clairet.

“Very few people know this track and so I’m really happy to be P2.

“You also have to remember that in TCR lots of things can happen so it’s always better to start P2 and P3 and be out of the way than start something like P12. Now we will see and will try our best.”

Both drivers had expected to been further up the championship standings before the 2020 season got underway, and will therefore be hoping to show what they can do in this weekend’s final two races of the year.

Race one in Spain gets underway tomorrow at 11:20 CEST (10:20 BST).

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