Tough South African A1GP races in store for Carroll Team Ireland frustrated by Brazil's qualifying accident Kyalami, South Africa, 21 Feb 2009; A1 Team Ireland will start sixth for both the Sprint and Feature races at round five of the A1GP ...
Tough South African A1GP races in store for Carroll
Team Ireland frustrated by Brazil's qualifying accident
Kyalami, South Africa, 21 Feb 2009; A1 Team Ireland will start sixth for both the Sprint and Feature races at round five of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport after an incident packed end to qualifying in Kyalami today. Adam Carroll was lying in third place after the first segment of Feature Race qualifying and out on track getting set to pitch for top spot when the team Brazil car crashed bringing out the red flags.
That meant that Ireland missed out on a chance to record a lap in the all important second segment of Feature Race qualifying with the use of one lap of power boost which Ireland, like most teams, had saved right until the end of the session.
Monaco, Malaysia and New Zealand set their laps before the red flags brought a premature halt to the action and leapfrogged above Ireland who, nonetheless are right with their closest rivals Portugal and Switzerland in the title hunt. Earlier Carroll had set sixth fastest time in Sprint Race qualifying, but was disappointed that his hopes of a front row slot for the Feature Race were dashed.
Adam Carroll: "That's the way it goes sometimes, I suppose. I don't think we've ever been so disappointed with two sixth places in qualifying because we could have a crack at pole at the end. I was happy with the third segment of qualifying and I knew we'd have been right there in the final segment but for the red flag. The circuit is extremely aggressive on tyres so it will be important to be fast and consistent and make sure the rubber lasts."
Team Technical Director Gerry Hughes: Today was frustrating in terms of the ultimate outcome but incident happen and sometimes they work for you, sometimes against. Clearly our focus is on securing as good a points finish tomorrow as possible and I expect the Feature Race to see a high rate of attrition as the track is hard on the cars and the drivers."
A1 Team Ireland is supported in South Africa this weekend by Insitu-Pipelines, a Johannesburg based Pipeline Construction and Rehabilitation services company founded by locally based Irish entrepreneur Pius Walsh. Tomorrow's Sprint Race starts at 11am local time, 9am Irish time while the Feature Race is scheduled to get under way at 3pm local, 1pm Irish time