Taupo: Team France Friday report

France finds feet in Taupo The sixth round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport takes place at a brand new circuit in Taupo, New Zaland. On the 3.5km track, A1GP Team France rookie driver Loic Duval will also make his debut in both the...

France finds feet in Taupo

The sixth round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport takes place at a brand new circuit in Taupo, New Zaland. On the 3.5km track, A1GP Team France rookie driver Loic Duval will also make his debut in both the sprint and feature races. Duval completed his program during the rookie practice session where he set the pace right away with the fastest lap of all in 1.16.214. He went even faster on a 1.15.601 in the second session.

The day went well for Duval's first ever visit to the New Zealand circuit and in the afternoon, for the official practice session 2, Loic finished third fastest with 1.15.368 behind Tomas Enge (CZ) and Narain Karthikeyan (India).

Loic Duval explained: "I'm really excited to have come to New Zealand for the first time. What I have seen yesterday from the country was really interesting. The people are really warm and welcoming. The brand new circuit facilities at the renovated track are really excellent although the track is more bumpy than expected. The car is good. Even though I did not know what to expect on the new track, I managed to do a number of good laps even when we were not on new tyres. I went a bit off line and on the gravel in the first part of the rookie session. But I was happy to clock the fast time in the two rookie sessions. I now know what the track is like and how to get the best out of it although it is easy to make a mistake. We worked well with the team and the track went constantly faster. The red flag and the traffic hindered us a bit, but third fastest is satisfying for a Friday. Let's concentrate on tomorrow because the positions are very close and the level of competition high."

Eric Boullier, Managing Director A 1 Team France commented: "We are quite satisfied with the overall results today. Loic Duval had a very constructive day. The track is difficult and technical. It does not forgive any mistake. The competition is growing with new drivers. We?re finalizing our set-up and strategy which will be vital to qualifying and two good races on Sunday on this interesting new track.

A1 Team France, being the first winner of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2005, is one of 23 teams contesting in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2006.

-credit: team france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Tomas Enge , Narain Karthikeyan , Loic Duval