Sepang: Team Pakistan Saturday report

A1 TEAM PAKISTAN COMPLETES QUALIFYING SESSION FOR A1GP WORLD CUP OF I MOTORSPORT IN SEPANG, MALAYSIA A1 Team Pakistan continued its weekend programme at the Sepang International Circuit today, as 22 national teams took to the track...

A1 TEAM PAKISTAN COMPLETES QUALIFYING SESSION FOR A1GP WORLD CUP OF I MOTORSPORT IN SEPANG, MALAYSIA

A1 Team Pakistan continued its weekend programme at the Sepang International Circuit today, as 22 national teams took to the track for qualifying. In a system unique to A1GP, Nur Ali completed four flying laps' within the four 15 minute qualifying segments, with his best two times aggregated to produce an overall qualifying position on the 11th row of the grid.

Taking part in his first event at the Malaysia circuit, Ali gained valuable time in the A1 Team Pakistan car, while the track temperature reached 46 C and humidity hit 80 per cent. A quick lap in the final qualifying session was hampered by the Lebanese car, which had stopped on track, suffering from a technical failure. Ali said at the end of qualifying, "Again a slightly frustrating end to the day, during my last flying lap I had to lift to avoid the A1 Team Lebanon car which was slowing down in front of me. I think that would probably have been our fastest lap of the weekend. But we can't be too disappointed, a lot of laps lie ahead of us tomorrow and as long as we stay out there and out of trouble, we should be able to gain some positions.

"We're going to work on set up and strategy now, just to make sure we have everything in place for the Sprint and Feature races. We really don't want to mess up on the pit stop, as that could really hurt us. I think we stand a chance of a good result tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to racing around this amazing circuit." Arif Husain, Chairman, A1 Team Pakistan, added, "Nur is continuing to make good progress at Sepang, with the team's times improving in each session. It is great to see the car race around this magnificent Formula One facility, flying the flag for Pakistan. Hopefully we will put on an entertaining race for all the fans in Pakistan tomorrow. "

Nur Ali will next take to the track for the 20-minute Sprint race which will start tomorrow at 03.00 GMT. The grid for the Feature race will be set by the finishing positions of the Sprint Race and will start at 07.00 GMT. The 70 minute Feature race will also include a mandatory tyre-change.

-credit: A1 Team Pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali