SERGIO PEREZ TAKES SIXTH SPOT IN THE SECOND ROOKIE PRACTICE IN THE A1 SERIES AT BRNO Salvador Duran has a short run in practice BRNO, Czech Republic (October 6, 2006) - This Friday was the first day of activity in the A1GP World Cup of ...
SERGIO PEREZ TAKES SIXTH SPOT IN THE SECOND ROOKIE PRACTICE IN THE A1 SERIES AT BRNO
Salvador Duran has a short run in practice
BRNO, Czech Republic (October 6, 2006) - This Friday was the first day of activity in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the 5.41-Km (3.36-mile) Brno circuit. There, Mexican driver Sergio Perez started testing for the A1 Team Mexico and in the first practice for rookie drivers only, his best lap was at 1'51.226 and in the second session he improved his time, setting a lap of 1'50.090 to take sixth spot.
About his performance during the day in the Czech Republic, Perez commented: "In the first practice I only went out to test the new (brake) discs. So, at the beginning I could not push because of that, I had to get them up to temperature. The other competitors set their best times basically with new tyres. Later, I was able to go faster. For the second session I went out with other new parts for the brake system and my car had good tyres on - not new, but still good enough. Almost everybody had used tyres; maybe the only driver with new tyres was the French one, who at the end was fastest.
Overall, I feel very happy. Each time I go out I adapt myself more to the car; I need more laps, but we are already among the fastest rookie drivers. I think we are going in the right direction. It's just a matter of time to do even better. This time the team did not ask me to be conservative. That boosted my confidence. At the beginning the car was kind of nervous and we made some changes, but it developed more understeer. Therefore, Salvador (Duran) and the team will have to work further on this."
Sergio participated on Thursday in a truck race as part of the public relations activities around the race weekend. Perez finished second, while the winner was the Czech Republic driver. "It was fun, Salvador supported me a lot and he helped me, because the vehicle did not have much power. We had a great time."
For the last practice session of the day, Salvador Duran was seventh fastest with a 1'48.424 lap time. Regarding his performance he said: "On the second lap we did our time. Something was wrong with my gear box and before getting my pit box, it broke. It was a pinion what was broken, with this I lost my third gear and then the session ended for us. I could not go out to the track again; we will do so until Saturday's practice session prior qualifying. In fact, I did only one fast lap, it was not the best lap. I think I could go faster later. The car developed a lot of understeer. It's not good enough, but we have time to improve its balance."
This Saturday, October 7 the action continues with a further free practice session and four 15-minute qualifying segments that will determine the grid for Sunday's Sprint race. On Sunday, the Sprint race and the Feature race will be broadcast live from Brno, Czech Republic at 7 a.m. (Mexico Central Time) on SPEED channel and Televisa will broadcast on channel 4, both races (tape delayed) at noon (Mexico Central Time).
-credit: A1 Team Mexico