Zandvoort: Team Pakistan Saturday report

A1 Team Pakistan completes second day of running in A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Zandvoort A1 Team Pakistan with driver, Nur Ali, continued preparations for the first race of the new season today at Zandvoort, near Amsterdam, Netherlands. He ...

A1 Team Pakistan completes second day of running in A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Zandvoort

A1 Team Pakistan with driver, Nur Ali, continued preparations for the first race of the new season today at Zandvoort, near Amsterdam, Netherlands. He completed a one hour practice session, followed by qualifying for tomorrow's Sprint Race. Ali will line up 23rd on the grid for this race in a highly competitive session.

Ali took to the track for the morning practice session and used the time to continue learning the circuit, become more familiar with the A1GP car and build his relationship with his new engineers and crew. The one hour session saw the Pakistani driver improve his lap times as he put valuable practice laps under his belt. He was caught out towards the end of the session with a spin beaching him on the kerbs leading to an early finish for the team. At the conclusion of practice Ali was 23nd fastest.

In cooler weather for the qualifying session, Ali was out on track early for the first of his four 'flying lap' runs. He drove solidly to put a time on the score sheets, saving new tyres for his second run, in which he improved by just under three seconds. Continuing with his learning curve, Ali was four tenths of a second quickder on his third run. A spin during his final, fourth run, lost him his final 'flying lap' segment, but Ali had shown that he is progressing forwards each time he is on track.

Ali said at the end of the session, "It was an all-new experience for me today. I walked the track last night to improve my understanding of its unique characteristics and this morning I felt fairly comfortable in the car. In qualifying after the first segment I knew there was a lot of room for improvement and on each run we were able to do this. On the last run I knew I was pushing it, went in a bit too hot and the rear stepped out on me and spun me round. I'm learning fast, and tomorrow my aim will be to keep it clean and finish the races, around top fifteen, possibly top ten, although of course, my ultimate goal is to be winning A1GP races."

Arif Husain, Chairman, A1 Team Pakistan, was pleased with the progress the team made today saying, "We've brought this team together in a short space of time and they've shown their commitment and dedication with strong teamwork today. Nur has shown that he has the passion for racing and A1 Team Pakistan, and he has quickly gelled with the team, putting every effort towards improving his pace. It's early days for us, and I'm confident that we'll show further progress tomorrow.

The team is proudly representing Pakistan on this global motorsport stage and with the message of good wishes from Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain I know that the people of our country will also be supporting A1 Team Pakistan, watching us fly the flag of our country at the twelve events of the A1GP calendar."

Pole position for the Sprint race tomorrow was taken by A1 Team South Africa with the Mexican team in second place and Team France lining up third. With less than a second separating the top 12 teams, A1GP is set for two highly competitive races tomorrow.

The Zandvoort A1GP races will take place tomorrow, the first of 12 events on the calendar for this second season. The grid is set from qualifying for the 20 minute Sprint race, the first of two races, with the main Feature race running for 70 minutes and including a mandatory tyre change pitstop. The grid for this race is set from an amalgamation of points drawn from the Sprint race start position, finish position and fastest lap time.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali