Brands Hatch: Team Pakistan Friday report

A day of progress for Pakistan at Brands Hatch After a difficult start, A1 Team Pakistan and Nur Ali showed signs of improvement today at the Brands Hatch circuit, at the British round of the 2006/07 season. The A1GP Brands Hatch, Kent forms...

A day of progress for Pakistan at Brands Hatch

After a difficult start, A1 Team Pakistan and Nur Ali showed signs of improvement today at the Brands Hatch circuit, at the British round of the 2006/07 season. The A1GP Brands Hatch, Kent forms the finale in an 11 round season that has seen Pakistan take on 23 countries in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Having arrived in the UK on Tuesday, A1 Team Pakistan driver Nur Ali took in the delights of the English countryside at nearby Leeds Castle. In the grounds of the 13th century castle, Ali, together with a number of A1GP drivers, took part in a clay pigeon shoot and kart race.

After returning from the PR event, Ali spent the afternoon walking the track with his engineer in preparation for today's practice sessions. Speaking about his first day at Brands, Ali said, "As with the last 10 venues, I'm learning this circuit, having never driven it before. I'd heard a lot about Brands Hatch before I came here; that it had a fearsome reputation and that it was very go off track and get stuck in the gravel. I was probably thinking about that too much during the first session and I was being overly cautious. In the second session I disregarded all that and shaved time off in every sector to improve my time dramatically. I wish I had had a little more time this afternoon, as I think we could have improved further. This morning, I really didn't like this track, this afternoon, I love it, and can't wait to get back tomorrow morning."

Ali spun off in the second practice session, while experimenting with the racing lines and commented, "I went in too hot and went off, but luckily there was no damage on the car. The team did a great job and got the car ready and back out, giving me another 25 minutes on track, which was essential. So a big thanks for them for turning it round so quickly."

A1 Team Pakistan team manager Bobby Issazadhe said, "In the first Rookie session, we had some issues with the brake discs. Nur competed in a Star Mazda race last weekend and I think it took him some time to adjust to back to the A1 GP car. The steering is very heavy and the brakes are quite different in this car.

"In second practice he was still learning the circuit, but started to pick up the pace. Unfortunately he did have a small spin, I think he just missed his braking point; Germany did the same thing at the same place on track. We managed to get the car back out, it was full of gravel, so we had to do some work and clean the car up.

Nur has certainly been improving here; this is a very difficult track compared to Shanghai and very different. Shanghai is very wide and there is plenty of room to make a mistake, whereas here, there's no room for error."

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali