Brno: Arie Luyendyk rookie report

Luyendyk gains experience at Brno. Round 2 of the A1GP Series took place at the famed Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic. The first two practices of the weekend are reserved for "rookies" of the A1GP series. Each practice is 25 minutes long ...

Luyendyk gains experience at Brno.

Round 2 of the A1GP Series took place at the famed Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic. The first two practices of the weekend are reserved for "rookies" of the A1GP series. Each practice is 25 minutes long and there is a short 10 minute break between the two sessions.

Luyendyk took to the track in the first of the two "rookie" sessions and bedded in a set of brake pads for A1 Team Netherlands. Of the rookie drivers 8 were competing in the event and 11 were solely driving the rookie sessions. In the first practice Germany lapped a 1:48.841 taking advantage of the slightly used tires and took first place. Luyendyk would have to settle for 15th spending the majority of the session bedding brake pads that would be used later in the weekend.

"The first session was used to bed in the brakes and learn the track. The circuit here is quite interesting, it's pretty wide and fast but the grip level was really low. The tires are so important here because they fall off so fast, last year there was almost a 4 second difference from new to used tires." Quoted Luyendyk

The second practice saw Luyendyk struggle with tire graining. The degradation of the tires became apparent as the second session was for a majority of the field slower. Luyendyk was one of only 6 drivers to improve there time over the first session and ended up in 12th place with a time of 1:50.840, 1.8 seconds shy of first place.

"The rookie sessions went good. The graining on the left front created a huge understeer during the second session but I was able to improve my time over the first session. The shame is that we had a cracked brake pad during the second session, so the pads I bedded cannot be used during the weekend. This may have effected my lap time but in the end I gained valuable experience here at Brno. I hope the team can use the data and my feedback to improve the car for the rest of the weekend."

Luyendyk will continue to provide feedback during the rookie sessions throughout the year for Team Netherlands' quest for the World Cup of Motorsport.

-credit: al

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Series A1GP
Drivers Arie Luyendyk