Eastern Creek: Team Australia qualifying notes

NOVEMBER 5, 2005 - SYDNEY: A1 Team Australia are optimistic of securing a good result in tomorrow's fourth round of The World Cup of Motorsport at Sydney's Eastern Creek International Raceway, after a qualifying session that left the team slightly...

NOVEMBER 5, 2005 - SYDNEY: A1 Team Australia are optimistic of securing a good result in tomorrow's fourth round of The World Cup of Motorsport at Sydney's Eastern Creek International Raceway, after a qualifying session that left the team slightly frustrated.

With new tyres bolted to the Foster's liveried Australian car, Davison was confident of a top result, however he rued the change they made from this morning's first practice session - where Davison sat atop the time sheets for much of the one hour session.

"It was a missed opportunity, I guess you could say. We changed something on the car before going out in the first session and it was just hopeless," Davison said.

Having changed back to the setup used in morning practice, Davison was able to set his quickest time in segment three, a 1:19.445.

"Had we left the car from this morning, I'm confident that we could have been well into the top ten on aggregate. I believe we could have ended up around eighth on aggregate judging by the pace of the car."

Davison will start from mid-pack - 13th - in tomorrow's first race.

Seat Holder Alan Jones is optimistic about the team's chances tomorrow.

"We proved in Portugal that we can turn a poor qualifying position into a decent swag of points. Unlike qualifying in Portugal, we're a little further up the order so hopefully will not get caught up in the inevitable opening lap fracas'," the 1980 Formula One World Champion said.

"We've worked hard on getting a setup on the car and Will's pace this morning would indicate that we've found something that works, the key for us is to keep our nose clean in the early stages and push through the middle stages of the race.

"Practice has indicated that the fans are in for an awesome race that I believe will be punctuated with a number of Safety Cars and I predict that we will see the lap record lowered even further - possibly into the 17s," Jones said, reflecting on (A1 Team France's) Nicolas Lapierre's fastest lap in qualifying of 1:18.150.

"Above all, I'm confident we can put on a good show for Foster's and the fans of A1 Team Australia on our home track and come away with some points towards our World Cup of Motorsport tally."

The first of two races will begin at 1:30pm tomorrow - a 30 minute sprint race, before the main event - the A1 Grand Prix of Nations - a one hour race with a mandatory pitstop.

Tickets for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations at Eastern Creek International Raceway are available through Ticketmaster - at the gate, via 136 100 or on the web at www.ticketmaster.com.au <http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/>

-t.au-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alan Jones , Nicolas Lapierre