Marcus Thunder has said qualifying seventh for the Australian Grand Prix was better than he'd ever expected.
Having had a mixed pre-season testing for Downton, being ninth in practice was a real boost for Thunder, however teammate Powers struggled down in twentieth.
Come qualifying however the team achieved seventh and thirteenth.
"Qualifying was immense today," said a very happy Thunder during an interview after the session. "To be seventh and thirteenth on the grid after the kind of pre-season we've had is an incredible achievement."
"When we first took the car out in testing it was nice to drive but not particularly fast, and both me and Nathaniel feared a season towards the back again for the team. From the third day however the team have worked mega hard and the car has been a lot nicer to drive."
"Then we arrived here yesterday and I found myself in ninth place after practice with a lap I wasn't completely happy with, while I think Nathaniel suffered some issues."
"Then as we went out today the car was just awesome to drive. It stuck to the track and just glided around, I've never driven a car like it. I'm very happy with seventh and it's better than we ever expected, as we only thought we'd be around twelfth to sixteenth, where Nathaniel is. I know he's a tad disappointed though as he said he made a small mistake on his lap avoiding a slow car, showing we're well above our expectations."
Thunder was still concerned about the race though, stating the team weren't confident in long distance pace.
"Whether we can keep it in seventh tomorrow though, I've no idea. In all honesty I doubt it. Practice showed our long pace isn't great but hopefully our strategy combined with a bit of good driving can bag us some points."