Durban: Arie Luyendyk's blog 2008-02-23

Friday Rookie Session Summary: In the morning Arie Luyendyk jr went out first for A1 Team Netherlands during the Rookie session. In the two times 25 minute session Luyendyk jr. finished in 11th place. Arie suffered from traffic quite a bit ...

Friday Rookie Session Summary:

In the morning Arie Luyendyk jr went out first for A1 Team Netherlands during the Rookie session. In the two times 25 minute session Luyendyk jr. finished in 11th place. Arie suffered from traffic quite a bit during the second segment and was not able to get a clear lap in for the most part of the session. The Rookie session had to be stopped twice with a red flag. First there was a minor brush with the wall by the Czech Republic, then Mexico almost wrote off their car completely. Just as Arie had a clear lap and was pushing hard to improve his time, it went wrong for the A1 Team Netherlands Rookie. A small bump on the circuit caused him to miss the turn, touching the tyre barrier with the nose of the car. This remained without serious consequences however. With some assistance from the marshals Luyendyk jr was able to drive back to the pits himself. The only damage being a broken front wing.

Arie Luyendyk enjoyed going out on track; "It was really great to take to the streets of Durban today, rookie session 1 the track was incredibly dirty and it took a lot of time to get up to speed on the tricky circuit. In the end we made a lot of progression with the stability of the car under the brakes. In the first part of the session in was really hard to control the rear locking, then we made some adjustments and it improved tremendously. Rookie session 2 was pretty hectic and traffic held me up the first half of the practice. Once I had a clear lap I was a bit too aggressive and made light contact with the barrier. Luckily though the team changed the nose in time for a single flying lap that placed me 11th for the session. It's a shame because the track time I missed was vital, every lap on the street circuit I was getting faster. I am very pleased though with the progression of the car through the changes we made and I think this will be a great weekend for Team Netherlands!"

-credit: arieluyendyk.com

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