Brands Hatch: Team Ireland Friday report

Team Ireland struggles for balance at Brands Hatch Brands Hatch, UK, 27 April 2007; A1 Team Ireland had a difficult first day of practice for the final round of the A1GP Wold Cup of Motorsport at Brands Hatch in the UK, Reserve Driver John...

Team Ireland struggles for balance at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch, UK, 27 April 2007; A1 Team Ireland had a difficult first day of practice for the final round of the A1GP Wold Cup of Motorsport at Brands Hatch in the UK, Reserve Driver John O'Hara spinning off early in the rookie session and Race Driver Richard Lyons reporting handling problems which left him down in 17th place at the end of his first practice session on the famous track.

Arriving at Brands Hatch fresh from the team's strong showing last time out in China, the team was hoping for a positive start to this important weekend, but instead a balance and braking problem caused a loss of time leaving Lyons and O'Hara to spend long hours with engineer Gary Anderson.

John O'Hara: "We started off ok when the track was quite dirty but as the lap times came down I was finding a few problems with the car oversteering and also had some issues under braking. Unfortunately I spun off the track before the end of my session when I think I put a wheel on the grass before turning into a corner. The car was fine, but it was frustrating to end the session early in that way."

Richard Lyons: "Looking at the data from today I seem to be losing quite a bit of time on the first and second corners, but then am ok in the faster mid-part of the track. I am not downhearted after today as we have seen a few things we can work with tomorrow morning in final practice and Gary and I have a plan which we are going to work to. I am really determined to work hard at this and get better performance from the car tomorrow."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , John O'Hara