Positive start at Brands Hatch The third season of the A1GP - World Cup of Motorsport has reached its final round. As last year, beautiful and demanding Brands Hatch, close to London, hosts the final. The Czechs spent the first day doing the ...
Positive start at Brands Hatch
The third season of the A1GP - World Cup of Motorsport has reached its final round. As last year, beautiful and demanding Brands Hatch, close to London, hosts the final. The Czechs spent the first day doing the normal Friday routine and the team feel that they have done a positive start after Filip Salaquarda got P3 in the rookies and P11 in the practice.
Salaquarda was happy with the car from the very first lap and although he endured two spins during the day they did not cause any significant damage. The first rookie session was used for usual system checks and he pushed much harder in the second one where he set 1:16.217. He finished third just over a tenth behind the first place and did 29 laps together.
The team used the beginning of the free practice to check the balance on new tyres and despite some change of the balance it was not that bad like in previous rounds. Salaquarda improved to 1:15.477 on lap 12 out of 21 and finished 11th with a gap just six tenths to the top.
Filip Salaquarda: "We had a reasonable and encouraging day. We started with a very good setup right from the box. We did usual checks at the beginning and I took it easy to scrub the new brakes. I pushed hard in the second rookie session and was pretty happy with the time. I must say that the long track is a very demanding one. I had known only the short track before and there are difficult and quick corners at the back of the long version, two corners are blind. The car oversteered a bit in the practice but we cured it quickly and I am confident that we have done further step forward. I think that the top 10 was definitely possible but I had a bit problem to put the whole lap together, maybe I pushed too hard. Anyway, the gap is not big and we are looking forward to the rest of the weekend."