Taupo: Team Ireland Saturday report

Lyons qualifies Team Ireland 9th in New Zealand Irish team 3rd fastest in practice as form improves Taupo, New Zealand, 20 January; Ireland will start tomorrow's A1GP Sprint Race from 9th position on the grid following a strong showing in...

Lyons qualifies Team Ireland 9th in New Zealand
Irish team 3rd fastest in practice as form improves

Taupo, New Zealand, 20 January; Ireland will start tomorrow's A1GP Sprint Race from 9th position on the grid following a strong showing in practice saw Richard Lyons set the 3rd fastest time. One of his qualifying runs was affected by traffic while the car also suffered tyre problems which prevented Lyons from repeating a practice time which would have placed him 4th on the grid.

Ireland's best qualifying position of the season so far came after the Hillsborough driver had forecast that qualifying would be tough as he continues to learn how to get the best out of the Cooper Avon tyres. Under the engineering leadership of Gary Anderson the Irish team has made good progress this weekend.

Richard Lyons; Qualified 9th, Aggregate time 2m30.085s

"We had a good practice and if I had been able to repeat my best time (1:14.546) on the two best qualifying runs we'd have been 4th on the grid. Unfortunately we had a problem on new tyres with the pressures going much higher than expected during a run. I also had problems with traffic on the second of my three sets of new tyres and on the final run everything was ok until I made a mistake on the final sector which cost me three tenths of a second. It was partly down to the way the car was handling, but anyhow we weren't as quick as we wanted to be. My objective tomorrow is to come away with two good race finishes and a baseline set-up that we can really work with going forward. Overall things are pretty good."

Mark Kershaw, Team Owner

"It tells you something when I say we feel a little disappointed to start 9th, but that's only because Richard and the team have shown in practice that we are indeed capable of running in the top 3 or 4. Qualifying was always going to be tougher, and so it proved, but with a top 10 result we can more realistically aim for points in both races tomorrow. Richard, Gary Anderson our Reserve Driver John O'Hara and the rest of the team have worked really hard over the past few days and we've seen some real progress."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , John O'Hara , Gary Anderson