A1 TEAM AUSTRALIA QUALIFIES 17TH DESPITE CRASH IN PRACTICE DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - January 28, 2006: Despite a heavy crash in morning practice, A1 Team Australia's Will Davison will start 17th for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa on the...
A1 TEAM AUSTRALIA QUALIFIES 17TH DESPITE CRASH IN PRACTICE
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - January 28, 2006: Despite a heavy crash in morning practice, A1 Team Australia's Will Davison will start 17th for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa on the streets of Durban.
The crash - which happened on Davison's third lap in practice - damaged the front end of the Australian car and hampered the team's running time in dry conditions after yesterday's wet sessions. The team had to work feverishly to prepare the car for qualifying and Davison also suffered an arm injury, which will not hamper his progress in tomorrow's two races.
"I'm a little disappointed with today's result, to be honest, given we were fastest in the second session yesterday," said Davison. "The engineering crew did an amazing job to get the car back on the track and it's unlucky we were held up by a red flag in the final segment of qualifying, as that was my best lap of the day. The forecast for tomorrow is rain again, so I'm sure we're going to see a lot of action and I look forward to advancing through the field."
Team Principal, Alan Jones, took an optimistic view towards tomorrow's two races, where series leader, France, will start on pole for the opening 30 minute Sprint Race:
"It's quite unfortunate Will had the crash on his third lap this morning, however the pleasing aspect is that we went faster with every dry lap whilst trying to fine tune the car," Jones said. "The team did an amazing job to get the car ready and get him back out on the track in time for qualifying."
A1 Grand Prix's first street race, which will be held in front of a sell-out South African crowd, promises to be one of the most exciting events of the season so far, the tight nature of the circuit expected to create plenty of action.
"I think with the tightness of the track and the forecast for further wet weather, preservation will be the name of the game," Jones concluded. "With the expectation that there will be a few incidents, employing conservative tactics and staying away from trouble will be the key to recording a strong result."
The two races will be shown live into Australia by Fox Sports 2 from 10pm Sunday evening.