A1 Team Germany storms to second consecutive pole position Having clinched its first ever pole position in the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport a fortnight ago in New Zealand, Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany continued its streak of success in the ...
A1 Team Germany storms to second consecutive pole position
Having clinched its first ever pole position in the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport a fortnight ago in New Zealand, Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany continued its streak of success in the seventh round in Australia: Nominated driver Nico Hulkenberg conquered the top spot on the grid once again, starting from the first row for the third time this season after second spot in Brno in round two and first place in round six.
In the first of four qualifying segments, Nico Hulkenberg achieved the second fastest time of 1m18.584s on the Eastern Creek circuit on new tyres. For the second run, he used the same set of tyres, posting the eighth fastest time of 1m19.683s. In his third run, the up-and-coming German driver lapped the 3.93 kilometre long Australian circuit in 1m18.263s. He set the fastest time of this segment and thus took the virtual lead in the classification of the aggregated times, pipping A1 Team New Zealand by a mere 44 thousandths of a second. In the fourth and final attempt, Nico Hulkenberg stormed to a stunning best time of 1m17.962s, extending his advantage to 0.216s ahead of New Zealander Jonny Reid whose car is engineered by David Sears Motorsport as well. A1 Team Germany was the only team to break the 1m18s lap time barrier.
"I'm happy to be on the pole position once again. In the first attempt, I didn't go quite to the limit. I spoiled my second attempt on used tyres when I was a bit too ambitious and run wide onto the grass. In the third attempt, we managed to set the best lap time on new tyres. For the final run, I knew where the limits were. The track was getting faster and faster thanks to the rubber on the tarmac, so I managed to improve my time once again. A big thanks to the David Sears motorsport team that improved my car between all the segments im terms of mechanically and aerodynamically induced grip. On Sunday, the four leading teams of the championship will start from the first two rows so the fans can expect a lot of tension."
-credit: team germany