“2005 World Champion Neil Cragg is the Top Qualifier for this afternoon’s 2WD electric Buggy World Championhips, the British ace snatching the honours from Associated team-mate Ryan Cavalieri with a TQ run in the fifth and final round of qualifying at Vaasa this morning.
The 28-year-old, who won his only World title in Italy from second on the grid, said his B4.1 just got faster every round culminating in this morning’s TQ in which he beat TLR’s Dustin Evans by 7/1000ths of a second. Asked about the final, which will be decided over three 5-minute legs of which the best two count, the six time European Champion said he is expecting a close challenge from his two AE team-mates Cavalieri and Ryan Maifield who line up directly behind. With all the finalists feeling driver errors are going to play a big part in the results Cragg said his focus will be on trying not to crash as he feels there are not too many places to pass.
Starting from second on the grid former 4WD World Champion Cavalieri feels he is looking good for the final as he chases his first 2WD title. Admitting anything can happen the former US Champion said he is comfortable racing the guys around him and thinks they should be exciting finals.
Fellow American Maifield said he is pretty confident about his chances as he is very comfortable with his Reedy powered B4.1. Starting third on the grid, the most consistent driver throughout qualifying feels the pressure is on the two ahead rather than on him. Expecting more exciting racing than at the Warm-up Maifield feels the track layout now gives more potential for passing.”