Fine start in China The Czech A1GP began preparation for the last event of the A1GP - World Cup of Motorsport in 2007 with steady two sessions. Erik Janis enjoyed his rookie session and set 8th time while Tomas Enge returned to a single- seater...
Fine start in China
The Czech A1GP began preparation for the last event of the A1GP - World Cup of Motorsport in 2007 with steady two sessions. Erik Janis enjoyed his rookie session and set 8th time while Tomas Enge returned to a single- seater after 10 months and set 12th time in the free practice at Zhuhai.
China hosts, like last season, two events during the season but Beijing round was replaced by Zhuhai. The track is new to all teams and majority of drivers. Janis returned to the Czech A1GP after successful F3 test in Germany and did the rookie sessions. The youngster showed that he has been constantly improving since the start of the season and while eighth is not his new best the gap just under four tenths to the leader is the smallest. Janis's better time was 1:24.521 in the first of the two sessions.
Enge had not driven the A1GP car since February and he used the free practice to re-acclimatise with a single-seater again. He was with 25 laps one of the busiest drivers out on the track and his best lap was seventh with 1:24.484.
Tomas Enge: "It took me few laps to get used to a single-seater again. I think that our setup is not bad but it is just start of the weekend. I have been suffering from a cold since arrival in China, so I hope it will be better for rest of the weekend."
Erik Janis: "I am satisfied with the rookie session. I had had some worries how I would feel in the A1GP car after testing F3 but actually I felt really good behind the wheel. It was my best rookie practice yet regarding the gap to the front. It could have been even better but I did a mistake at the last corner in my best lap. Beside on my experience there are probably two reasons why I am closer. The track is new almost to everyone and with slow corners you rely more on mechanic than aerodynamics grip. It would have been interesting to compare with the rest of rookies if I had done the second session."
Antonin Charouz, seat holder: "It was a reasonable start to the weekend. Tomas's elbow seems to be fine, so we will stick with our plan and he will do the rest of the weekend."