Durban: Team Germany Friday notes

Strong start for A1 Team Germany in Durban Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany began the seventh A1GP World Cup of Motorsport race weekend in South Africa by topping the time sheets. Nominated driver Michael Ammermuller recorded the fastest lap in ...

Strong start for A1 Team Germany in Durban

Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany began the seventh A1GP World Cup of Motorsport race weekend in South Africa by topping the time sheets. Nominated driver Michael Ammermuller recorded the fastest lap in downtown Durban during the morning session and claimed second position at the end of the practice day around the only street circuit on the calendar.

The race weekend started with fastest lap for A1 Team Germany in the 'Rookie' session, which is exclusively reserved for newcomers to the series. Michael Ammermuller from Pocking, who had never seen the temporary race track prior to the morning session, recorded a 1m19.390s lap and with it a 1.3 second advantage over his closest rival the Swiss driver Marcel Fassler.

"The circuit is very tight and demanding, and there are virtually no run-off areas. The track has a lot of grip," described the 22-year old professional racing driver of his first impressions of the 3.28 kilometre street circuit. The Bavarian completed 29 laps in his first test session. Numerous accidents, which also caused the individual practices sessions to be interrupted, demonstrated in the Rookie practice just how challenging the circuit is.

In the afternoon Michael Ammermuller spooled off 17 laps. Repeated accidents again caused the practice session to be aborted. "The technicians from David Sears Motorsport worked on the mechanical set-up," summarised Ammermuller. "The direction in which we worked before lunch was very good. We reduced a tendency to oversteer and improved the traction. We tried something different in the afternoon, but then went back to the set-up that we'd used this morning."

All the teams are faced with a difficult tactical decision during Saturday's four-part qualifying session to determine the starting grid for both the sprint and feature races on Sunday. "Normally you wait until the very end of the session to make the single lap you are allowed because the track surface is at its cleanest which allows the fastest laps times," explains Ammermuller. "However, today we saw that accidents quickly lead to a red flag or even to the session being finished early. Choosing exactly the right time for a fast lap on Saturday will be decisive."

-credit: germany/speedpool.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Marcel Fassler , David Sears , Michael Ammermüller