MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. MAKES CONSISTENT PROGRESS AT BRNO CIRCUIT He was sixth fastest in Saturday practise Michel Jourdain Jr. made consistent progress this Saturday when he was sixth fastest during morning practise, and was 15th and 13th for...
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. MAKES CONSISTENT PROGRESS AT BRNO CIRCUIT
He was sixth fastest in Saturday practise
Michel Jourdain Jr. made consistent progress this Saturday when he was sixth fastest during morning practise, and was 15th and 13th for the starting grids for the Sprint race and the Feature race, respectively, for Round 2 of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport which will be held this Sunday at the 5.40-Km. (3.36-mile) of Brno, in Czech Republic.
On Friday night it rained, but it was so cold that it took longer than expected to dry out the track for the Saturday (morning) practise, which was held on a relatively damp and slippery surface. However, Michel Jourdain Jr. on new rubber was sixth with a lap of (1'47.691).
Qualifying saw a dry, cold and sunny day. For the first segment Jourdain Jr. went out on used tyres and his best lap was of 1'50.044 for the 20th spot. Later, for the second segment he was on new tyres and set a time of 1'46.901 to achieve the 15th place for the Sprint race grid.
For the third segment, the Mexican driver went out on used tyres and was 17th fastest (1'47.710), and for the final segment, Jourdain Jr. set his best lap-time on new rubber at 1'46.204 that gave him the right to start from the 13th place in the Feature race.
About his performance, Michel Jourdain Jr. commented: "I did well during qualifying if you take into consideration that I did not have driven a car of this type in such a long time. In addition, there are here a lot of drivers who have been driving this A1 car for a long time, they are with a team they race for during the year [in other series], who come from the GP2 series or they race in the World Series by Renault. Therefore, I think everything went well. Although, I definitely think that I need more seat time. I think that we surpassed a little bit the expectations, but we have to see on Sunday how we do."
On the other hand, Executive Vice-President of the A1 Team Mexico Julio Jauregui said: "In the team we are very happy because Michel surpassed our expectations. We knew that it was going to be difficult due to the time that has passed Michel without driving formulas. The car has a good setting and Michel has adapted quickly to the car. That's why we think that probably we can get some points. The doors are open in the future for Michel and it's up to him, if he wants to return to race for us."
For the Sprint race, A1 Team South Africa driver Adrian Zaugg will start from pole (1'44.859), followed by New Zealander Jonny Reid (1'45.077) and Great Britain's Robbie Kerr (1'45.163). For the Feature race, A1 Team Netherlands driver Jeroen Bleekemolen will start from pole (1'44.649). Adrian Zaugg (1'44.872) and Robbie Kerr (1'44.872) rounded out the top-three.