Good Start for Ireland in Brands Hatch Decider Brands Hatch, UK, 1st May 2009; Adam Carroll and A1 Team Ireland made a strong start to the deciding weekend of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season with second fastest time in ...
Good Start for Ireland in Brands Hatch Decider
Brands Hatch, UK, 1st May 2009; Adam Carroll and A1 Team Ireland made a strong start to the deciding weekend of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season with second fastest time in Friday's late afternoon practice session.
Earlier Niall Quinn set fifth fastest time in the Rookie practice sessions, the Meath man showing well on old tyres while his rivals had the use of new tyres unused by their teams at the last round in Portugal.
Carroll took over from Quinn and continued the set up and preparation work in Practice Two, recording his best lap three minutes from the end of the session to move up from fifth to second behind the A1 Team Netherlands which shares engineering support with the Irish squad.
It's a strong start to the most important weekend in the history of A1 Team Ireland which heads into Sunday's Sprint and Feature races at the top of the standings.
Ireland is currently two points ahead of Switzerland under the terms of the dropped score rule which will be applied this weekend. Under this rule, each team has to drop its single worst score of the season to date, thereby giving Ireland its slender advantage over the reigning Champions.
"That was a solid performance by the team and just the start we were looking for the weekend," said Team Principal Mark Gallagher. "Niall did a very good job in the Rookie session to get through all the set up and preparation work and then to get within a second of the best time on used tyres when the other teams ahead of him had newer rubber was impressive.
"Adam took over for session two and he and the boys made a lot of progress with the car as the session progressed. What was encouraging was that they kept improving as the session went on and the lap time at the end demonstrates that the engineering process is working well. Tomorrow and Sunday are big days for us but today we've given ourselves a good platform from which to attack the rest of the weekend.
Adam Carroll: That was a good start. The car felt good from the start but there was a lot to come from it and the downforce and extra grip from this car meant that we were quickly under the lap record set with the old car we used last season. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's practice and qualifying sessions and we'll certainly be giving our all to bring the World Cup trophy back to Ireland."
The qualifying sessions for the Sprint and Feature Races get under way at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon while Sunday's race action commences with the Sprint Race at 11am followed by the Feature Race at 3pm.