A1 TEAM MEXICO STARTS FROM SECOND ROW IN INDONESIA
Salvador Duran was fastest in practice
SENTUL, Indonesia (9 December 2006) - The heat and humidity of Indonesia seems to suit Salvador Duran, who set the fastest time during the morning practice session (1'17.586). He improved his lap times in qualifying, in a performance where his combined times were good enough to beat American Phil Giebler (fifth), who posted the fastest time in the third qualifying segment at the 4.12-Km. Sentul International Circuit, in Indonesia. Therefore, A1 Team Mexico will start the A1GP Sprint race from the second row.
"During the morning practice we were fastest and we demonstrated that we are contenders. Here, we came back to a track that we already know and that makes the work easier, but we still need more experience in other tracks. Everybody in the team is happy because they saw we can deliver and we are in the second row. The A1 GP Series is very competitive, the times were faster comparing with last year's and New Zealand along with Germany at this moment are the strongest, maybe because they have the champion engineer with France [Chris Gore], but we are working hard to improve our performance. On Sunday, I think we will be back on the podium," Salvador Duran said.
Questioned on the strategy followed during qualifying he said: "We used three sets of new tyres, for the first segment we used the first set and I was sixth (1'17.003), in the second segment we used the same tyres from the first session and we were even faster (1'16.961), to get a fourth place. In the last two segments I used the two remaining sets of tyres. For the third I had a good car, but I had traffic and although the Chinese driver (Ho-Ping Tung) did not do it on purpose, we lost a tenth with him to grab a third spot (1'16.911) and in the last qualifying session, the Chinese driver again blocked, but this time we lost about two tenths (1'16.753), and I was third quickest to finally - with the aggregate time, I was fourth (2'33.664)."
About the car he said: "The problems with the brakes were solved and we had no gearbox problems this weekend. Overall, we improved the car, but as usually there are a few small details that can be improved. So, I want to thank A1 Team Mexico for the effort displayed. In the last race we were not in the Top-10 and now the car is competitive enough to be in the Top-5 and they keep working to improve it."
The action resumes this Sunday at 11:00 hrs. with a 20-minute Sprint race which features a rolling start. Afterwards, the Feature race starts at 15:00 hrs. with a standing start and a mandatory pit stop (All times are local, 13 hours ahead of Mexico CST.).
On the other hand, motorsports commentator Jorge Koechlin will broadcast the A1 races live this Sunday on SPEED Channel en Español at 1:00 a.m. (Mexico CST) and 2:00 a.m. (Colombia). The famous Peruvian commentator joins a great group of Latin American commentators for this race, including Tony Rivera, Luis Solis and Roberto Medina. Also the races will be broadcast tape delayed on Sunday at 13:30 hrs. (Mexico CST) on Televisa's Channel 4.
-credit: team mexico