LIM ENJOYS BRANDS HATCH PRACTICE CHALLENGE The opening day of the A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain featured two practice sessions for the grid of nations competing in this final round of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Young Malaysian ...
LIM ENJOYS BRANDS HATCH PRACTICE CHALLENGE
The opening day of the A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain featured two practice sessions for the grid of nations competing in this final round of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Young Malaysian driver Aaron Lim was behind the wheel, making his debut for A1 Team Malaysia this weekend.
Lim, with the luxury of being able to run in every session today, started his preparations for Sunday's two races in the morning session by working with the engineers to settle himself into the car as well as reacquainting himself with the Brands Hatch track. Lim drove the rookie session at the track for A1GP's previous two visits, but with less than an hour in the car each time and nearly a year since his last drive here, it inevitably took Lim some time to get to grips with the circuit.
In the afternoon practice, with all the main drivers taking to the track, Lim had his first opportunity to benchmark his pace against the other nations.
Lim said of his day, "It's been great to have more time in the car than just the one rookie session. I was improving these as the day progressed which was the goal for me at this stage. It takes a while to learn this track, even though I've been here before, as there are so many different types of corners and you need to get each one absolutely right. As well as this, I'm working with the engineers to make changes to the car to suit my driving style to help me to drive the car better. I have lots of information to digest tonight, so there's more work to do, but I'm loving this opportunity."
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, added, "Aaron has been working hard to gain experience of this very difficult track and he's been coping well with his new role this weekend. We have focused Aaron today to not be concerned with lap times. We gave him long runs in the car in preparation for the races, although there were quite a few interruptions to this afternoon's session. It gives us enormous satisfaction to be giving Aaron the chance to race and in return he is giving us his all. We should not underestimate just how big a step up this is in Aaron's racing career. Qualifying will be another new experience for Aaron, but with a strong team around him I'm sure he'll cope admirably."
A1 Team Malaysia will return to the track for a final practice session tomorrow morning, with the qualifying session to set the grid positions for the Sprint and Feature races taking place in the afternoon.
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