A1 Team Germany holds top spot on Friday in Brno The Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany continues the rich vein of form that started at the opening race at the second round of the A1 Grand Prix Series in Brno. Nominated race driver Nico ...
A1 Team Germany holds top spot on Friday in Brno
The Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany continues the rich vein of form that started at the opening race at the second round of the A1 Grand Prix Series in Brno. Nominated race driver Nico Hulkenberg topped the time sheets at the end of free practice around the Czech circuit at the wheel of the powerful 520 hp A1 Grand Prix race car. He had won the opening event of the World Cup of Motorsport at the Dutch track Zandvoort only one week earlier.
During the so-called "Rookie Training" in Brno, which is reserved exclusively for series newcomers to allow them a taste of every race track, the 19-year old "star of tomorrow" from Emmerich claimed third place with a time of 1:49.542 minutes. In the second 60-minute free practice session that followed he recorded a time of 1:46.600 minutes -- the overall fastest lap. He was separated from his closest rival Sebastien Buemi from A1 Team Switzerland by 0.901 seconds.
"The circuit is quite bumpy", explained Hulkenberg after having completed 40 laps around the 5.403 kilometre track at the end of his first day of practice in the A1 Grand Prix car. "Together with David Sears' race team Supernova we systematically improved the set-up. The car developed a tendency to oversteer in two corners. We adjusted the spring preload and adapted the dampers to cope better with the bumps. I pretty relaxed about qualifying because the balance of the car is good."
A further one-hour practice session is available to the 23 national teams on Saturday, before the starting grid is decided. This is followed from 02:15 p.m. by the four-part qualifying session when one timed lap is completed by each competing nation in each segment, and which is broadcast live in German television by Premiere. The sum of the two fastest laps decides the starting position for the first of the two races on Sunday, which starts at 11:00 a.m.
Broadcast times on Premiere: Qualifying Brno Saturday, 7 October, 2:05 p.m., race Sunday, 8 October, 2:10 p.m.
-credit: team germany