Sepang: Team Germany Saturday notes

Best qualifying result of the season for A1 Team Germany On his debut for Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany in Malaysia, Michael Ammermuller recorded the team's best qualifying result of the season. After claiming fourth and third starting positions...

Best qualifying result of the season for A1 Team Germany

On his debut for Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany in Malaysia, Michael Ammermuller recorded the team's best qualifying result of the season. After claiming fourth and third starting positions the 21-year old racing driver from Pocking close to Passau will start both the sprint and feature races from the second row on this, the third race weekend of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Newcomer Michael Ammermuller made an noteworthy improvement: After the 'star of tomorrow' had been unable to compete in the "Rookie Test" due to technical reasons and was sixth in both the following practice sessions he went on to improve his pace in qualifying constantly. In the first round of qualifying for the sprint race Michael Ammermuller posted the fourth fastest lap time of 1m49.976s in the 520 hp race car. On the single timed lap allowed during the second attempt the talent from Lower Bavaria improved by more than seven-tenths-of-a-second to clock a lap of 1m49.219s, was again fourth fastest and confirmed his grid position on the second row in the process.

In qualifying for the feature race which followed immediately, the A1GP debutant's stock rose still further: In the first part of this qualifying session he set the fourth fastest time once again with a lap of 1m49.293s. Ammermuller improved by more than half-a-second on the last run with a lap of 1m48.736s and secured third place on the grid for the feature race. After sixth and second positions at Zandvoort and seventh and ninth in Brno the result in Sepang marks the best average qualifying performance for A1 Team Germany in the current season.

Michael Ammermuller: "This is a result that I'm pleased with. I still wasn't on the limit with new tyres in the first run. I pushed a little harder and took a few more risks on the new tyres and improved my time in the second run. I made the third timed lap on used tyres. I took new tyres again for the final attempt and did my best qualifying lap. Second on the grid could have been possible if I'd taken a few more risks. My team improved the car constantly with small changes to the aerodynamic balance between the individual sessions. With a good car I think we have potential in both races on Sunday. I hope that I can reward the entire team with a good result."

Broadcasting times on Premiere: Race: Sunday, 25 November, 7:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (repeat), 1:05 p.m. (repeat), 11:00 p.m. (repeat).

-credit: germany/speedpool.com

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