Zandvoort: Team Ireland Saturday report

Frustrated Devaney 15th for Ireland in Zandvoort qualifying Zandvoort, Holland, 30 September 2006: A frustrated Michael Devaney qualified 15th for tomorrow's opening round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Zandvoort, Holland, after the ...

Frustrated Devaney 15th for Ireland in Zandvoort qualifying

Zandvoort, Holland, 30 September 2006: A frustrated Michael Devaney qualified 15th for tomorrow's opening round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Zandvoort, Holland, after the Irishman missed the entire final practice session due to a fuel pressure problem later traced to a defective filter on his A1GP car. Unable to participate in the all-important final session before qualifying, Devaney used the four qualifying runs to steadily improve his laps times, the team paying a heavy price for having significantly less track time than its 22 rival countries.

Michael Devaney, Qualifying: 2m58.165, 15th position

"There was not a lot I could do other than push as hard as possible and try and make a big step on each qualifying run. We managed to make some reasonable progress but it's clear that we'd have started with a much quicker car if we'd had the benefit of final practice. It's not the first time we have had a technical problem rob us of a practice session and I know the team works really hard to stop these things happening."

Andy Miller, Technical Director

"It is frustrating we lost the whole of the morning session and it is also clear that we were getting quicker and quicker during qualifying. There was more to come. This is a circuit that requires a lot of driver confidence to push to the utmost and nothing can substitute for doing as many laps as possible. I am still confident that we will have a good race car under Michael tomorrow and we just have to focus on having a good Sprint race in the morning and give ourselves a chance to score a decent result in the Feature event."

Mark Kershaw, Team Owner

"It's very disappointing that a technical problem robbed us of critical track time and the knock on effect has been to make qualifying an uphill struggle. Michael made good improvements throughout the session, but he was having to start from such a low base line that it was a question of playing catch up throughout. In reality his performance in qualifying 15th is a good damage-limitation exercise."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Michael Devaney