Durban: Team France Friday report

France right on the pace in South Africa Friday, February 23, 2007 - The eighth round of the 2006-07 A1GP takes place at Durban (South Africa) this weekend and A1 Team France's Loic Duval was on the pace from the very start, finishing fastest in...

France right on the pace in South Africa

Friday, February 23, 2007 - The eighth round of the 2006-07 A1GP takes place at Durban (South Africa) this weekend and A1 Team France's Loic Duval was on the pace from the very start, finishing fastest in every session on Friday.

Duval clocked the fastest time during the first part of the rookie session (1.20.490) after completing 10 laps. In the second part of the session, Loic Duval clocked an even faster 1.19.836 before the red flag caused by A1GP Team Singapore's crash brought an end to the eventful rookie session.

Duval went faster still in the afternoon's official practice session. The conditions on the track had improved despite a number of red flags and the French car finished in 1.18.620, ahead of Ireland's Richard Lyons (1.19.179) and Germany's Nico Hulkenberg (1.19.360).

Loic Duval commented: "I first saw the track on Thursday afternoon with my engineers. I was pleased to be so quick during the rookie session. I made a had a slight contact with the wall as I was exploring the limits, but it was nothing serious. The car had a minor transmission problem that prevented me driving many laps, but it did not end up being a major problem. In the afternoon session, it went well again for us and I was fastest although I had a contact with Australia. I had thought that he would have seen me in his mirrors. Fortunately it was only a slight contact and there was not significant damage to my car. Even if I completed only 15 laps today, it is really enjoyable to drive here. I am fascinated with the flags hanging out of every window, the life around the track and the passion of the fans. The track is good fun to drive and it just keeps getting quicker and quicker."

Eric Boullier, Managing Director, A1 Team France commented: "Loic is really good at learning new tracks as we could see today. We managed to get some good preparation done have a solid set-up for the rest of the weekend. If it remains dry, like we hope, we are well into our working schedule."

-credit: team france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , Loic Duval , Nico Hulkenberg