Brands Hatch: Team Germany Friday notes

Concentrated and logical set-up work formed the foundation for Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season finale at Brands Hatch (Great Britain). During free practice nominated driver Michael Ammermuller determined...

Concentrated and logical set-up work formed the foundation for Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season finale at Brands Hatch (Great Britain). During free practice nominated driver Michael Ammermuller determined the set-up for Saturday's qualifying and the sprint and feature race on Sunday. With one eye on the rest of the event A1 Team Germany, which enters this weekend's finale as current champions, sacrificed a better result for a good technical basis after recording 16th fastest time around the 4.22 kilometre track in Kent.

"For me, the focus of attention today was to learn the circuit. After all, it is my first visit to Brands Hatch," says the 22-year old professional racing driver from Pocking. At Brands Hatch the two-time race winner this season competes in his seventh event for A1GP Team Germany. "Since we are no longer eligible for the Rookie session we concentrated on collecting as much data as possible during free practice. We now have a good basis and some more ideas which should see us move up the time sheets in free practice and qualifying on Saturday."

The final weekend only started for A1 Team Germany after the so-called Rookie sessions were finished. These sessions enable newcomers to the series to familiarise themselves with the track and the 550 hp A1GP race car. The one-hour free practice session, in which Michael Ammermuller made his first acquaintance with the traditional circuit of Brands Hatch, was disrupted frequently due to yellow flags before being interrupted once because of a rival team's off track excursion. "We were nevertheless able to complete several laps and collect plenty of data. However, it wasn't possible to improve our time at the end because of the well-used tyres," says Ammermuller. "We still have quite a bit in reserve for tomorrow. As before, the target for qualifying is to clinch a top five position. I think that this is possible."

The two grids for Sunday's sprint and feature race are determined in qualifying held after another free practice session on Saturday morning.

Premiere TV broadcasting schedule:
Race Sunday, 4 May, 3:15 p.m.; 7:45 p.m. (repeat)
Monday, 5 May, 11:30 a.m. (repeat); 8:45 p.m. (repeat).

-credit: germany

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Series A1GP
Drivers Michael Ammermüller