Brands Hatch: Team India Friday report

Great start for Karthikeyan at Brands Hatch Narain Karthikeyan showed he had lost none of his skill around the Brands Hatch circuit today, after posting the second quickest time of the day. Only A1 Team Great Britain could beat the former F1 ...

Great start for Karthikeyan at Brands Hatch

Narain Karthikeyan showed he had lost none of his skill around the Brands Hatch circuit today, after posting the second quickest time of the day. Only A1 Team Great Britain could beat the former F1 racer around the 2.3 mile British circuit. The day started well for the Indian team, Karthikeyan taking to the track for the two rookie sessions – designed to give nations with a developing motorsport background more track time. The team set the third fastest time in the morning, despite losing a significant amount of track time with a puncture.

After a two hour break the Indian car was back on track for the second practice session. After studying data with his engineer, Karthikeyan made further improvements, taking nearly four tenths off his best time from the morning session.

Earlier on in the week, Karthikeyan and team Seatholder Yohann Setna visited Leeds Castle, a historic site located in the nearby Kent countryside. Together with a number of other A1GP drivers, Karthikeyan participated in a traditional English country pursuit and grass kart racing. In more familiar surroundings, the Chennai born racer demonstrated why he is regarded as such as threat at the Brands Hatch circuit, having won two races here earlier in his career. "I've completed a number of F3 races at Brands, so I'm very familiar with the circuit. Today went well, but we still have some work to do on the car and we can improve the set up further. We lost quite a lot of time in the second rookie session with a puncture. A1 Team Great Britain is still very quick, so we have to close up the gap to them. If we do that I think we'll be quite comfortable tomorrow. There is quite a large Indian population in the UK so I hope if we continue improving we will give them good reason to come and cheer us on over the weekend."

A1 Team Seatholder Yohann Setna was happy with the team's pace on the first day of running, commenting, "It was a pretty good day, we were P3 in the rookie session, despite losing track time with a puncture. The second session this afternoon was very good and the team found a good balance on the car; there's a couple of small changes we want to make before tomorrow, but overall Narain is happy. I think Narain is suffering a little with his wrist, which he hurt in the accident in Shanghai and we had to bandage it up half way through the second session. But I think it's causing just a little discomfort rather than a big problem. We set some good times on both the new and the used tyres today, which is a good sign for the race."

The team are experiencing no lasting effects from the last lap crash in Shanghai, Setna adding, "There wasn't a lot of mechanical damage, it was mostly body work, but the team have replaced the driveshafts, suspension and the gear box, but to be honest, we've taken it for granted that the team would get the car ready in time as they always put in 100 per cent effort to get the job done in time."

The A1GP cars will take part in one final practice session at 11.00 local time tomorrow before the unique four segment qualifying session, which will begin later than usual at 15.45 local time.

-credit: team india

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Series A1GP
Drivers Narain Karthikeyan