Durban: Team Pakistan Friday report

A1GP Durban under way for A1 Team Pakistan The green and white car of A1 Team Pakistan was back on track today, for the eighth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The A1GP Durban, South Africa is the jewel in the crown of the Series, a...

A1GP Durban under way for A1 Team Pakistan

The green and white car of A1 Team Pakistan was back on track today, for the eighth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The A1GP Durban, South Africa is the jewel in the crown of the Series, a street circuit providing exciting and dramatic racing in front of enthusiastic crowds. Having missed last year's event, Nur Ali made his South African debut this morning, and made good progress to improve three seconds in the last practice session of the day.

One of two street circuits on the A1GP 2006/07 calendar, the Durban circuit proved to be no less merciful today than last year, with several drivers spinning and making contact with the walls. The two practice sessions were punctuated by several red flag periods, which interrupted A1 Team Pakistan's development and set up programme.

Nur Ali commented, "It's certainly a challenge but not as difficult as Beijing. The track is very bumpy, although again not as bumpy as Beijing. The one thing that could be an issue is the number of blind corners. A lot of cars have been spinning today and the track is so narrow that it will be difficult to avoid a car that has spun out or had an accident. Pit to car radio is particularly important here as the team are able to warn me of any incidents on the track ahead of me.

"I think we will need to play it smart this weekend and be consistent. There have been lots of red flags already today, and I think if we stay out of trouble we could get some points here. I know that I can improve further and lower my lap times so I'm feeling really positive about the weekend."

Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe added, "Nur made steady progress today. This is a very difficult circuit, it is extremely narrow in places and there's no room for error. We weren't able to put in a very long stint on track, as there were so many red flag periods. However, although he had a few spins while finding the limit, Nur managed to keep the car out of the wall, unlike many drivers, and we go into practice tomorrow with a pristine car and the opportunity to improve further." While the track action may be over, A1 Team Pakistan spends the hours after the practice session analysing data and practicing the team's pit stop. A key part of Sunday's action, the pit stop is an obligatory aspect in the 70 minute Feature race and can save or lose the team vital seconds on track.

Final practice will take place at 11.00 tomorrow morning, before a four segment qualifying session which will decide starting positions for Sunday's Sprint race.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali