Brno: Team Ireland Friday report

Ireland battles to find Brno set-up Brno, Czech Republic, 6 October 2006: Ireland's Michael Devaney and John O'Hara worked hard today to find the right set-up for the challenging Brno circuit, the Irish A1GP team on a steep learning...

Ireland battles to find Brno set-up

Brno, Czech Republic, 6 October 2006: Ireland's Michael Devaney and John O'Hara worked hard today to find the right set-up for the challenging Brno circuit, the Irish A1GP team on a steep learning curve at the Czech Republic track. The rookie practice session saw O'Hara make steady improvements to his times throughout, although his session ended with a harmless spin at the first corner. Devaney was also able to make progress with both his understanding of the circuit and the car's set-up, setting his best time on lap 18 out of 22 on used tyres while ten of the drivers in front of him set their quickest times in the first few laps of the session whilst still on new tyres.

John O'Hara, 1st 'Rookie' Practice: 1m52.478s, 14th position

"This is a really enjoyable circuit to drive and I tried to learn as much as possible in the one hour session. We've been struggling under braking and the car has a bit too much oversteer and that ruins our speed through the corners. Unfortunately I was right behind the German car at the end and made a small mistake and spun off, but the car was fine and we didn't lose any track time today which was important."

Michael Devaney, 2nd Practice: 1m49.536, 14th position

"We are not yet quick enough around here and the main problem is that we cannot carry the speed through the turns which is pretty important as there are lots of long, constant radius and 90 degree corners. There's no doubt we started making some progress with the set-up, but we have some way to go before we can challenge the front runners which includes drivers who have a lot of previous knowledge of this track."

Andy Miller, Technical Director

"Both the drivers were learning the track today and we had to let that take effect before worrying too much about the car. We can see where the problems lie and are trying to make the car more stable into and through the turns. Towards the end, on quite old tyres, we were beginning to get on the pace and if we can make a bit further progress with the set-up overnight hopefully we can get into the top 10 tomorrow."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Michael Devaney , John O'Hara