Beijing: Team Pakistan Saturday report

A1 TEAM PAKISTAN READY FOR FIRST EVER A1GP BEIJING, CHINA A1 Team Pakistan will start the A1GP Beijing, China Sprint race from 22nd tomorrow, after organisers were forced to cancel the remainder of the third practice and qualifying sessions....

A1 TEAM PAKISTAN READY FOR FIRST EVER A1GP BEIJING, CHINA

A1 Team Pakistan will start the A1GP Beijing, China Sprint race from 22nd tomorrow, after organisers were forced to cancel the remainder of the third practice and qualifying sessions. After 25 minutes of action, the 90-minute long practice session and Qualifying were cancelled following problems with a manhole cover coming loose on the street circuit's racing line. Under the terms of Sporting Regulations 144, in the event Qualifying does not take place, the lap times set in Practice are taken as the grid positions for the Sprint race. The demanding and narrow track is another new challenge for A1 Team Pakistan driver Nur Ali, in what is only his third event in the series. After some delays at the brand new street circuit, the Karachi born driver is keen to achieve a good result on what is set to be the one of the most difficult races of the A1GP season.

Nur Ali commented, "It's disappointing to be in this position for the Sprint Race tomorrow. I know we could have found quite a bit more time in the car and I had just started to make some really big improvements when the session was red flagged. "Obviously at the time the team didn't know that it was effectively a qualifying session. I wasn't pushing the car hard and was still trying to learn the limits of the circuit. But I'm confident that we will be able to improve from this position tomorrow and I can't wait to get out there racing. I hope we will have a result tomorrow that the whole of Pakistan can be proud of."

Arif Husain, Chairman of A1 Team Pakistan, commented, "Nur is doing a great job in only his third event for the team, and without the advantage of pre season testing. It's unfortunate that the team didn't have the time to work on a qualifying set up, but all teams are in the same position. I'm confident that we will still be able to put on a good show at this unique race venue tomorrow for the people of Pakistan.'

The A1GP Beijing Feature race will take place at 07.00 GMT as planned, while the Sprint race may be moved to allow for an additional practice session.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali