Zhuhai: Team Canada Saturday notes

Canada Seeking Race Gains in Zhuhai A1 Team Canada secured 10th and 11th place starting slots for Sunday's Sprint and Feature races respectively as Round 4 of the 2007-08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season gets set to play out tomorrow at...

Canada Seeking Race Gains in Zhuhai

A1 Team Canada secured 10th and 11th place starting slots for Sunday's Sprint and Feature races respectively as Round 4 of the 2007-08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season gets set to play out tomorrow at China's Zhuhai International Circuit.

Fielding Toronto's Robert Wickens for the second-straight event, and following a highly competitive showing in yesterday's free practice with the teenage standout second quickest from the 22 competing nations, the Canadian team was upbeat heading into Saturday's qualifying sessions but frustrations would follow. Down a set of tires compared to its rivals having had to use an extra set the day before, Canada faced the four-run qualifying format armed with just two new sets to attack the 4.30km track.

Straight out on new tires for the first of his two Sprint qualifying laps, Wickens was easily amongst the front-runners with a 1m24.029s lap but out on old tires on the next he had to settle for 10th fastest for the session. Feature qualifying was a similar tale. A fresh set of tires for his second and final lap produced a 1m24.149s run but the Canadian was just edged outside the top-ten placing 11th overall.

"We knew qualifying would be tough," Wickens commented. "Everybody else had three new sets to our two. We went well on our first set with P4 but everyone else slapped on another set for the next run and we couldn't match their pace on old rubber. We did a good job considering but we still have some work ahead of us. The balance of the car is fine, we just have a lack of grip. For sure we can move forward tomorrow, it's just a matter of how far can we go!"

"It's fairly close in the mid-pack, we just struggled for grip and we're not as quick as we were yesterday," stated Team Manager Simon Cayzer. "We have to dig deep to put together a good race car for tomorrow. We don't have any major problems but we need a few tweaks. It would have helped to have the extra set of tires today in qualifying but I'm not going to focus blame on that."

Setanta Sports will broadcast Round 4 live at 1am EST on Sunday and again on Monday 17th December at 7am EST

SPEED will air Round 4 on Thursday 27th December at Noon EST

-credit: a1teamcan.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robert Wickens