Ireland Scores Season-Best Feature Start Mexico City, Mexico: Adam Carroll scores Belmayne A1 Team Ireland its best Feature start of the season lining up fifth for tomorrow afternoon's race and seventh for the Sprint race in round eight of...
Ireland Scores Season-Best Feature Start
Mexico City, Mexico: Adam Carroll scores Belmayne A1 Team Ireland its best Feature start of the season lining up fifth for tomorrow afternoon's race and seventh for the Sprint race in round eight of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Mexico City.
As the sun continued to shine around the 4.08km Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Adam went out late in the first session to record a 1m 20.769s good enough for P5 by the end of the Q1. In the second Sprint qualifying session Adam failed to beat his earlier lap but with Great Britain and the USA improving their times, Team Ireland will start seventh for the rolling start Sprint race tomorrow morning, 0.454s off South Africa on pole.
In Q3, the first qualifying session for the Feature, Adam struggled with the tyres to get a good lap but in Q4 made amends with a 1m 20.708s. The time was good enough to take 5th for the standing start Feature race tomorrow afternoon, 0.430s off Canada. The thirs row start being Ireland's best Feature grid spot of the season.
The result also rounded out a great day for Status Grand Prix, who alongside running the Irish squad ran A1 Team Canada to 6th in the Sprint and the fantastic pole position with Robert Wickens in the Feature.
Adam Carroll: "It's my best Feature race qualifying which is great. I would have liked to have been further up in qualifying but we'll take those two positions and as we've shown we have good race pace, we'll hopefully go and score some good points and go for a podium. That would be good for the weekend!""
Dan Walmsley, Race Engineer: "Mixed emotions really. We're pleased that we have put ourselves in a good position for both races as that's the first time we've done that for a while. I think we all thought we could have been on the front row but the main objective for this weekend was to recover our footing on the championship ladder and this is a fantastic start for that. We know we have a quick race car so we've just got to go out there and do it now. We should be in for an exciting race tomorrow!"
Mark Gallagher, Team Principal: "This was a very solid performance from the Team, and from these grid positions Ireland can be right in the leading battle tomorrow. After the top 3 placings in practice, both from Niall and Adam, we all hoped for the front two rows today - but missed out by a whisker. The other car we run, for Team Canada, is on pole for the main race - so we certainly have the technical capability across the team."