Paul Ricard afternoon test notes 2005-08-24

DAY ONE: A1 TEAM USA LEADS A1 GRAND PRIX TEST SESSION Le Castellet, 24 August - A1 Team USA recorded the fastest lap time at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track today during A1 Grand Prix's second team test session. Making its debut appearance...

DAY ONE: A1 TEAM USA LEADS A1 GRAND PRIX TEST SESSION

Le Castellet, 24 August - A1 Team USA recorded the fastest lap time at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track today during A1 Grand Prix's second team test session. Making its debut appearance following its official unveiling this morning, the USA car emblazoned with the American flag and the slogan 'We the People' crept above A1 Team Brazil mid-way through the afternoon session.

Commenting on his team's success, seat holder, Rick Weidinger said: 'A1 Team USA is very pleased with the today's results. Anytime you finish a test, especially at Paul Ricard, and you're P1 you have to be happy. Our test driver, Scott Speed has a rich heritage of racing results and today is another indication of his talent. The team did a wonderful job, they all pulled together, and that's a goal of ours, to be a team in the garage and on the track. We made a huge step forward today.'

Emphasising the team involvement in A1 Grand Prix, A1 Team Ireland driver Ralph Firman said: 'It was a very encouraging start for the team, they have only had one week to get the car ready and they've done a fantastic job to get the car up and running. It's an exciting series which I have wanted to be involved in it for a long time.'

'Today's A1 Team test session showed just how exciting the A1 Grand Prix races are set to be' said A1 Grand Prix Founder, President and Chairman, Sheikh Maktoum. 'Each team became increasingly competitive as the day progressed with the countries in the top few positions changing constantly. We saw 20 identical cars each driven by a mixture of established drivers and young up and coming talent, each racing for the pride of their nation. A1 Grand Prix is a diverse Series and from today's results we can see that it is also highly competitive. I'm looking forward to tomorrow where the Teams will experience the first rolling start of A1 Grand Prix where you will see 20 nations in a league of their own starting to compete for the first World Cup of Motorsport.' <pre> Fastest lap times Wednesday 24 August 2005 1 USA 1.24.559 SCOTT SPEED 2 BRAZIL 1.24.973 NELSON PIQUET JR 3 FRANCE 1.25.095 NICOLAS LAPIERE 4 GRAT BRITAIN 1.25.281 ROBBIE KERR 5 MEXICO 1.25.296 SALVADOR DURAN 6 PORTUGAL 1.25.377 ALVARO PARENTE 7 NEW ZEALAND 1.25.536 JONNY REID 8 IRELAND 1.25.687 RALPH FIRMAN 9 AUSTRALIA 1.25.692 WILL DAVISON 10 MALAYSIA 1.25.717 ALEX YOONG 11 NETHERLANDS 1.25.751 JOS VERSTAPPEN 12 PAKISTAN 1.26.139 ADAM KHAN 13 SWITZERLAND 1.26.147 ROMAIN GROSJEAN 14 SOUTH AFRICA 1.26.177 THOMAS SCHECKTER 15 GERMANY 1.26.440 TIMO SCHEIDER 16 LEBANON 1.26.477 BASIL SHAABAN 17 INDIA 1.27.978 KARUN CHANDOK 18 INDONESIA 1.28.430 ANANDA MIKOLA 19 CHINA 1.29.377 TENG JIANG 20 RUSSIA 1.32.760 NIKOLAY FOMENKO

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Series A1GP
Drivers Scott Speed , Rick Weidinger