Shanghai: Team Ireland Saturday report

Ireland to line up 17th for A1GP in Shanghai Shanghai, China, 14 April 2007; Team Ireland has qualified 17th for tomorrow's A1GP in Shanghai, China, following another difficult day which saw driver Richard Lyons and engineer John...

Ireland to line up 17th for A1GP in Shanghai

Shanghai, China, 14 April 2007; Team Ireland has qualified 17th for tomorrow's A1GP in Shanghai, China, following another difficult day which saw driver Richard Lyons and engineer John Booth unable to find the underlying reason for the car's continued lack of pace.

Having set the 18th fastest time in each of the practice sessions on Friday and again this morning, Lyons went into qualifying concerned that, as in Mexico three weeks ago, significant changes to the car's set up were having little impact on its performance over one lap.

As Shanghai is the penultimate round of the World Cup of Motorsport the Irish team is hoping for a better performance in the race as it prepares for the important final event of the season at Brands Hatch on April 29th.

Richard Lyons: "No matter what we have tried here, as in Mexico, the result has been the same - the laptime flattens off and we just can't get on the pace. Whatever we do we get a lot of instability at the rear. If I try to follow quicker cars through corners I can see their exit speed is so much higher because they don't get the snap oversteer we suffer from."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal: "Given that this is the 10th race weekend of the season and that in spite of four drivers and three engineers having worked with the car this year we remain uncompetitive, it is not surprising that we are looking at the evidence and drawing some conclusions. Our engineer this weekend, John Booth, has vast experience and confirmed our concern that there appears to be an underlying problem which we will be taking up with A1GP."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , John Booth