Mexico City: Team Canada Friday report

Track Debuts for Canada's Hinchcliffe and Lacroix Friday 23 March, 2007 - A1 Team Canada drivers Kevin Lacroix and James Hinchcliffe made their track debuts at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on Friday prior to Round 9 of the ...

Track Debuts for Canada's Hinchcliffe and Lacroix

Friday 23 March, 2007 - A1 Team Canada drivers Kevin Lacroix and James Hinchcliffe made their track debuts at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on Friday prior to Round 9 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport on Sunday, 25th March.

Lacroix was first out on track in the morning's 'Rookie-Only' Session, the 18-year-old Quebec-native wracking up 23 laps around the 4.42km circuit, his fastest lap, a 1m30.499s placing him 14th overall from the two 25-minute sessions. An early spin at Turn 7 brought out a brief red flag but last season's Star Mazda Series Vice-Champion was soon back on track continuing his A1GP education, Lacroix participating in just his second A1GP weekend following his debut in Durban, South Africa last month.

"On reflection I needed to be a little more aggressive out there," commented Lacroix at the end of the day. "I wasn't fully confident in the braking zones and after my spin in the first timed run I was probably over cautious in the second. The track's certainly challenging with lots of high speed corners. I would have loved another run today as I've studied some data and could try some different techniques but I'll have to wait to the next round now."

Hinchcliffe's participation in the afternoon's hour-long practice session allowed the Toronto-based racer to get acquainted with the track, the 20-year-old recording 25 laps with a fastest time of 1m29.391s. Set to qualify the Canadian entry on Saturday before taking Sunday's Sprint and Feature starts, the Champ Car Atlantic front-runner declared himself satisfied with his time in the 550bhp car.

"The times might not reflect it but for me it was a really productive session," said Hinchcliffe. "The lap times here are extremely close and obviously I didn't get the benefit of learning the track in the morning's rookie session. I'm really impressed with the circuit, perhaps with the exception of the bumps which are quite deceiving until you go over them in a race car. It'll be a physical Feature race on Sunday! I'm pleased with our consistency towards the end of the session, we're definitely familiarizing ourselves with the layout and hopefully we'll be up there in qualifying tomorrow."

-credit: team canada

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Series A1GP
Drivers Kevin Lacroix