PROGRESS FOR A1 TEAM PAKISTAN AT SENTUL
A1 Team Pakistan continued to make progress today in the fifth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. After looking at data from yesterday's practice session, the team were 2.5 seconds faster in morning practice.
Taking these improvements into qualifying, Nur Ali completed four flying laps which will put him on the 11th row of the grid for tomorrow's Sprint race.
As the track temperature soared to 48 C, the skies remained clear for the four segment qualifying session. Completing a flying lap in each segment, Ali's two fastest times were combined to set his grid position. Ali said at the end of qualifying, "The team and I had some quite detailed discussions yesterday on which sections we needed to improve on and spent a long time going through data. With those discussions in mind I started to push the car a bit more today and felt comfortable with the progress we made. We're not unrealistic about our hopes for tomorrow, we just want to keep building and put in some better lap times. We went quicker in each segment in qualifying and at this rate we should do even better tomorrow."
Bobby Issazadhe, Team Manager of A1 Team Pakistan, added, "We're pleased with the team's progress so far this weekend, especially as it's still only our fifth race weekend working together. We are concentrating on looking at Nur's performance and the information we collect from the car's data logging system to see where he can improve in each sector. After each session we are looking at where we are losing the most time, and working on those areas. Considering where we started, qualifying was successful; there was a big improvement in time. If we continue at this rate of progress, we will have a good fight with A1 Team Lebanon in the race.
Nur Ali will fly the flag for Pakistan in tomorrow's 20 minute Sprint race, the finishing position of which will set the grid for the longer 50 lap Feature race during which the team must make a mandatory tyre change.
-credit: team pakistan