Brands Hatch: Team Pakistan Saturday report

A1 Team Pakistan is set for the season finale of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport tomorrow, which will take place at the Brands Hatch circuit in the UK. Nur Ali, who has represented the team throughout this 11 round season, is again behind the...

A1 Team Pakistan is set for the season finale of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport tomorrow, which will take place at the Brands Hatch circuit in the UK. Nur Ali, who has represented the team throughout this 11 round season, is again behind the wheel of the green and white car. Under sunny skies, the final practice and qualifying took place today, the Pakistan car's time putting the team on the 11th row of the grid for tomorrow's Sprint race.

After analysing data from yesterday's session, Ali took over a second off his best time in this morning's final practice session. Ali was exploring the limit in the final minutes of practice when he got out of shape coming out of the infamous Paddock Hill bend and spun off into the gravel. With no structural damage, the team were able to clean the car and tyres in preparation for this afternoon's unique four segment qualifying session. Ali was first out on track in the first qualifying segment, but was admittedly cautious after his spin in practice. However, Ali improved his lap times in each segment, setting his fastest lap in segment four.

Speaking about his performance in qualifying, Ali commented, "This afternoon didn't go quite as planned, we were fairly consistent this morning with our lap times, and I thought we would be able to carry that into qualifying, and of course improve on it. However, the first two segments weren't great and I was quite frustrated by the times. "I got my head together and remembered everything the team had told me for the second two qualifying laps, but it was too late to improve a great deal further. I'm frustrated with myself, I know I can do it, I know where I'm making mistakes and I just need to get a few things right. I'm focusing on the races now and looking forward to making amends in the Sprint race. I just want to forget about today and improve our position for the team and Pakistan tomorrow."

Reviewing the day, A1 Team Pakistan team manager Bobby Issazadhe said "Nur had new tyres for the first and third sectors, but I don't think he managed to get the most out of them; this is a very challenging circuit and is very difficult to drive on the limit. Nur was a little slower on his first two qualifying laps than he had been this morning, I think he works better if he has the opportunity to build up pace rather than being under pressure to perform on one single flying lap. He had a small spin in the last few minutes of practice this morning, and I think that made him quite cautious in his first few qualifying laps."

A1 Team Pakistan Seatholder Arif Husain added, "The team have done a great job this season, after a late call up to the team, Nur has proved to be extremely dedicated and enthusiastic and has always tried his best for the team. Brands Hatch is a very challenging circuit but I'm sure both Nur and the team will put in 100 per cent to get the best possible result for Pakistan in the season finale."

The team will make final preparations before the final race day in the 2006/07 season tomorrow. The 20 minute Sprint race will start at 11.00 local time, with points awarded for the top six finishers. After a spectacular opening ceremony, the A1GP cars will line up for the Feature race at 15.00, the starting places of which will be set by the finishing positions from the earlier Sprint race.

Credit: team pakistan

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