Brno: Team Ireland qualifying report

Tough qualifying sees Ireland 18th on Czech grid Brno, Czech Republic, 7 October 2006: Ireland's Michael Devaney will start tomorrow's Czech A1GP event from 18th on the grid after his A1 Team Ireland car struggled for pace throughout qualifying...

Tough qualifying sees Ireland 18th on Czech grid

Brno, Czech Republic, 7 October 2006: Ireland's Michael Devaney will start tomorrow's Czech A1GP event from 18th on the grid after his A1 Team Ireland car struggled for pace throughout qualifying at the Brno circuit. Despite the best efforts of the drivers and team during practice Ireland's grand prix car was unable to find the pace necessary to challenge the leading contenders for tomorrow's second round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Pole position went to Team New Zealand's Johnny Reid from Germany's Nico Hulkenberg with Malaysia's Alex Yoong and Great Britain's Robbie Kerr completing the top four.

Michael Devaney, 18th in Qualifying - Aggregate: 3m35.306s Fastest Lap: 1m47.374s

"We've had the same problem all weekend - just not quick enough even though the car now feels quite good to drive and that is down to us just not finding the way to get the car to work around here. It's very frustrating because there is no way we should be two and a half seconds off the pace, but we just have to accept that we haven't found the step we need and that's been the problem."

Andy Miller, Technical Director

"Our lack of pace is a puzzle because we have made a number of changes which have solved various problems for Michael but for some reason the set-up has not translated into time out on the track. The race, is course, a different matter and I think we can be quite consistent, but ultimately starting so far back gives us a lot of work to do if we are to score points tomorrow."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal

"We are not competitive here and following on from last weekend in Zandvoort we seem to have started the season generally off the pace in spite of the team and drivers using their best efforts. On the plus side the car has run trouble free throughout practice and qualifying, and we simply have to continue to analyze the car's performance and make improvements wherever we can. It would be great finish tomorrow's Feature Race in the points, and that has to be our objective from such a lowly grid position."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong , Robbie Kerr , Michael Devaney , Nico Hulkenberg