Sepang: Team Ireland Friday notes

Carroll upbeat despite early setback Belmayne A1 Team Ireland had a difficult start to the weekend finishing tenth and twelfth respectively in today's practice sessions in very hot and humid conditions. After an off ...

Carroll upbeat despite early setback

Belmayne A1 Team Ireland had a difficult start to the weekend finishing tenth and twelfth respectively in today's practice sessions in very hot and humid conditions.

After an off interrupted his opening rookie session this morning, Adam bounced back, having learnt the tricky 5.54km Sepang International Circuit quickly to be able to work with the team to help make improvements to the car throughout the day. During the afternoon session Adam's lap times were gradually dropping despite being on worn tyres and with a few more changes scheduled before the final session tomorrow morning the team were feeling positive ahead of qualifying.

Adam Carroll: "We've have just spent today continuing with our test programme. I had a few problems with my seat which made it quite uncomfortable to drive so I'm a bit disappointed. It's the first time I've driven here though and I had problems with traffic when I went out this afternoon which meant we also couldn't get the best out of the fresh tyres. I was putting in some fairly consistent times though and we'll be back tomorrow with some further changes."

Dan Walmsley, Race Engineer: "We are a little way off the pace we'd like to be today and have a few things to find in the set up. Adam has got on top of the circuit but there's still time to find in the middle sector. The problem with the longer sessions is that as the car improves the tyres go off but we have some things to try tomorrow and so we're feeling positive."

Mark Kershaw, Team Owner: "We're not where we want to be today but we'll be getting our heads down overnight and make sure we can get Adam comfortable in the car so we can continue moving forward on Saturday."

-credit: ireland/edenrocksports.com

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