Taupo: Team Ireland Friday report

4th for A1 Team Ireland in New Zealand Practice Taupo, New Zealand, 19th January; A productive day for A1 Team Ireland saw the team set the 4th fastest time in the final practice session of the day as Hillsborough driver Richard Lyons...

4th for A1 Team Ireland in New Zealand Practice

Taupo, New Zealand, 19th January; A productive day for A1 Team Ireland saw the team set the 4th fastest time in the final practice session of the day as Hillsborough driver Richard Lyons familiarised himself with the redeveloped 3.5km/2.17 mile circuit in Taupo.

Today was the first opportunity for Gary Anderson to apply his considerable experience to engineering the A1GP car, after the former Formula One Technical Director took over engineering duties. A methodical approach to the day had the team working through a variety of different setups and improving the cars speed and balance.

Richard Lyons; 4th 1m 15.380

"Today has been very productive and we spent much of this morning working through our programme on what was a very dirty track to begin with. A couple of changes we made to the car in the 2nd session made a big difference and it was a little frustrating that we weren't able to get a clear run in after encountering traffic all day. There is still a lot of work to do and I am hoping that we can continue to improve in tomorrow's final practice session before qualifying."

Mark Kershaw, Chief Executive Officer

Gary and Richard are working well together and it has been an encouraging first day for the team. There is still a lot of work to do but it's good to see us running competitively and I hope we can continue to improve throughout the weekend.

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , Gary Anderson