Brno: Team France qualifying report

Difficult Qualifying session for A1 Team France Following another trouble-free Official Practice session on Saturday morning in preparation for Sunday's second round in Brno, French driver Nicolas Lapierre had a difficult qualifying session, ...

Difficult Qualifying session for A1 Team France

Following another trouble-free Official Practice session on Saturday morning in preparation for Sunday's second round in Brno, French driver Nicolas Lapierre had a difficult qualifying session, finishing in 9th position for Sunday's 20-minute Sprint Race with an aggregate result of 3.32.227. The 22-year-old French driver set his personal best time in the first run with 1.46.063. Data collected today will now be analysed carefully by the team in order to improve the car's balance for tomorrow's races.

Nicolas Lapierre commented: "We had a very disappointing qualifying this afternoon as we had been ahead in all the Official Practice sessions. For some reasons we need to understand, we did not make the most of our new tyres. However, ups and downs are part of racing. Nevertheless, tomorrow should be better as with old tyres, we have always had a good pace."

Eric Boullier, Team Manager, A1 Team France added: "Our car was performing well in all the Official Practice sessions but then when it came to the qualifying session in identical conditions, we encountered unexpected problems. We now need to analyse all the information we have gathered this weekend in order to find the right balance for tomorrow's races."

A1 Team France, being the first winner of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2005, is one of 23 teams contesting in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2006. Following the first race at "A1 GP, the Netherlands GP", A1 Team France is lying 9th in the Championship with 4 points. Loic Duval and Nicolas Lapierre are again at the wheel in Brno on October 6 -8, 2006.

-credit: team france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nicolas Lapierre , Loic Duval