Solid start for Lyons in Ireland's A1 Grand Prix bid
Lyons aiming to build on solid first day in A1GP
Sentul, Indonesia, 8 December; Richard Lyons' first day with A1 Team Ireland saw him set the 7th fastest time in the first 'Rookie' practice session and 14th in second practice during a day spent learning the 4.12km circuit in Bogor, near Jakarta, and also familiarising himself with Ireland's A1GP car.
The Hillsborough driver worked with engineer Andy Miller to develop the set-up of the car and tried a number of changes during both sessions, Lyons also improving his times as he became more used to the car and track. The stifling heat and humidity made the challenge of the Sentul track even more extreme today, although Lyons is well used to racing in these conditions in Asia.
Richard Lyons; 7th 'Rookie' Practice 1m19.532s; 14th 2nd Practice 1m18.808s
"It's been quite a good day although there was a lot to get through in the time available. I haven't driven a single seater in a year, but it came back to me pretty quickly and we started making good progress. There's more to come from me and also from the car, so I'm hopeful we can make some headway tomorrow."
Andy Miller, Technical Director
"Since this is Richard's first run in an A1GP car we had to approach things a little differently and let him build up his speed and confidence, as well as getting to know the circuit. We can see where we are losing out on time and in fact sectors one and two look good, it's just towards the end of the lap that we suffer."
Mark Gallagher, Team Principal
"Richard has settled in well and did a good job learning the track, the car and working with the team for the first time. Obviously the purpose of him driving here is to help the team focus on the car's overall competitiveness, and we have some good idea of where we can make progress tomorrow."
-credit: team ireland