Solid start for Ireland in the UK Brands Hatch, UK: Belmayne A1 Team Ireland finished today's practice sessions sixth and fifth getting the team off to a flying start at the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season finale at Brands Hatch,...
Solid start for Ireland in the UK
Brands Hatch, UK: Belmayne A1 Team Ireland finished today's practice sessions sixth and fifth getting the team off to a flying start at the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season finale at Brands Hatch, UK.
Rookie driver Niall Quinn got Ireland off to a great start this morning posting a 1m 16.511s to put the team sixth straight out the box. His time was only 0.409s off New Zealand's rookie Chris van der Drift and his feedback was invaluable in getting the car ready for Adam Carroll in the afternoon.
As the sun continued to shine, Adam Carroll took to the track and was immediately on the pace going P1 with a 1m 15.524. After a couple of red flags interrupted proceedings Ireland ended P5 eventually clocking 1m 15.308. After setting the time with 20 minutes still to go, Adam's final laps were hampered with traffic. Ireland ended the day only 0.417s off home rivals Great Britain in P1 and the team is confident there is more time in the Celtic Tiger heading into tomorrow.
Niall Quinn: "It's definitely a good start to the weekend and I'm glad my feedback helped prepare the car for Adam. I haven't been here for over a year but I remember it well and it's great to be back. It's really nice to drive the GP circuit in an A1 car and I have a good feeling for the weekend ahead!"
Adam Carroll: "The car felt really good straight away so we didn't really change anything during the session. It's interesting to get back on the GP circuit in an A1 car as it's really quick and good fun to drive! The times are unbelievably close so its all going to come down to who can put the best lap together on new rubber in qualifying. It's going to be tough but I'm looking forward to it!"
Dan Walmsley, Race Engineer: "We are feeling positive. It was quite busy this afternoon on track but we cut our running short slightly to save the tyres for tomorrow. Niall got us off to a promising start and Adam kept us at the front end this afternoon, so now we just need to make sure we stay there."
Mark Gallagher, Team Principal: "That was a very solid day. I think both Adam & Niall have showed we are going to be running in the top six all weekend which is our objective. If Adam had had a clear run towards the end of the session I think we would have probably knocked a little more time off but it's a very good start and we go into tomorrow pretty confident that we will be at the right end."