Zandvoort: Team Ireland Friday report

Steady progress for Ireland's A1GP drivers Zandvoort, Holland, 29 September 2006: Michael Devaney and John O'Hara started Ireland's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport campaign with steady developments to the car throughout the two hours of...

Steady progress for Ireland's A1GP drivers

Zandvoort, Holland, 29 September 2006: Michael Devaney and John O'Hara started Ireland's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport campaign with steady developments to the car throughout the two hours of Friday practice in Holland. Both drivers reported that there was more time to come from the car, O'Hara being first out on the track in the new 'Rookie' practice session at lunch time and Devaney taking over for 2nd practice in the late afternoon. With neither driver having raced during the traditional summer motor racing season, today was also about getting them back up to speed, used to the performance of the A1GP car and learning the Zandvoort circuit.

John O'Hara, 1st 'Rookie' Practice: 1m34.602s, 15th position

"I enjoyed getting out for my first practice session in an A1GP car, although it's a very short session in which to get much accomplished. The track here is quite hairy - you need to be pretty ballsy in some places and it's quite technical in others. I had a slight problem with the brakes early on and also flat-spotted the only set of tyres we are allowed to use in the session so that didn't help with getting the lap times down."

Michael Devaney, 2nd Practice: 1m31.602, 12th position

"We made a lot of progress with the car and definitely are headed in the right direction with the set-up as our lap times were good at the end of the session. When we went out on new tyres at the beginning of the session everyone was setting quicker times because our car was well off the pace and difficult to drive, but we made good improvements and I'd say on new tyres now we'd be close to the pace."

Andy Miller, Technical Director

"We spent the day working hard with both drivers, getting through a lot of changes while they both familiarised themselves with the circuit. Towards the end of the second session we were in better shape and with some more changes we can make overnight I think we'll improve still further ahead of tomorrow morning's final practice. The track is very challenging, it needs to be attacked in several places and there's a good mix between fast and slow corners with a few big bumps thrown in for good measure!"

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Michael Devaney , John O'Hara