Mexico City: Teams nominate qualifying drivers

A1GP MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DRIVERS NOMINATED FOR QUALIFYING Mexico City, Mexico - Rookie drivers Oliver Jarvis and Renger van der Zande set the pace in the final practice session for this morning's A1GP Mexico City, Mexico this morning with...

A1GP MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DRIVERS NOMINATED FOR QUALIFYING

Mexico City, Mexico - Rookie drivers Oliver Jarvis and Renger van der Zande set the pace in the final practice session for this morning's A1GP Mexico City, Mexico this morning with Great Britain and the Netherlands topping the timing sheets and setting a strong challenge for the regular race drivers.

In a shake up of yesterday's results, India, Brazil, the Czech Republic and Portugal all made dramatic improvements to move up the timing sheets with the usual race leaders New Zealand and Germany coming in fourth and 11th respectively. The 2006/07 championship title is within reach of both teams and a strong performance from Germany could see them leave Mexico City with the title sown up. Both will be looking to improve on this morning's performance ahead of this afternoon's Sprint race qualifying session.

For Great Britain and the Netherlands, qualifying will pose new challenges to both drivers with neither having taken part in this stage of an A1GP weekend before. Van der Zande is also set to take part in his first A1GP race, driving in tomorrow's Sprint race before handing the wheel back to main driver Jeroen Bleekemolen for the Feature race.

The teams now have to decide on their set up before qualifying for the Sprint race begins at 14.15 this afternoon. Qualifying consists of four 15 minute sessions with a five minute break between each. Only one driver per A1 Team is allowed to take part in Qualifying and that driver must have completed at least three timed laps in an Official Practice session. Each driver is limited to three laps - effectively one "flying lap" - per session and must record at least two times, an aggregate of which will determine that A1 Team's position on the grid for Sunday's Sprint race. The grid for the Feature race will be determined by the outcome of the Sprint race.

<pre> Nominated drivers for Qualifying - A1GP Mexico City, Mexico

A1 Team                 Driver
Australia               Ian Dyk
Brazil                  Bruno Junqueira
Canada                  James Hinchcliffe
China                   Ho Pin Tung
Czech Republic          Janis Jarek
France                  Jean Karl Vernay
Germany                 Christian Vietoris
Great Britain           Oliver Jarvis
India                   Narain Karthikeyan
Indonesia               Moreno Soeprapto
Ireland                 Richard Lyons
Italy                   Enrico Toccacelo
Lebanon                 Allam Khodair
Malaysia                Alex Yoong
Mexico                  Salvador Duran
Netherlands             Renger van der Zande
New Zealan              Jonny Reid
Pakistan                Nur Ali
Portugal                Alvaro Parente
South Africa            Adrian Zaugg
Switzerland             Marcel Fassler
USA                     Jonathan Summerton

</pre> -credit: a1gp

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Series A1GP
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Narain Karthikeyan , Alex Yoong , Marcel Fassler , Richard Lyons , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Salvador Duran , Alvaro Parente , Oliver Jarvis , Adrian Zaugg , Christian Vietoris , James Hinchcliffe , Nur Ali , Jonny Reid , Renger van der Zande , Jonathan Summerton , Ian Dyk , Moreno Soeprapto , Allam Khodair , Jean-Karl Vernay , Jarek Janis