Ireland 2nd fastest in A1GP South Africa practice Durban, South Africa, 23 February 2007; A1 Team Ireland's Richard Lyons today set the 2nd fastest time in practice for Sunday's A1GP of South Africa, the 27 year old from Hillsborough confident...
Ireland 2nd fastest in A1GP South Africa practice
Durban, South Africa, 23 February 2007; A1 Team Ireland's Richard Lyons today set the 2nd fastest time in practice for Sunday's A1GP of South Africa, the 27 year old from Hillsborough confident that there is more to come from the car after challenging France for the top slot and pushing championship leader Nico Hulkenberg of Germany down to third.
Team Ireland's day started steadily with Lyons experiencing his first ever practice session on a street circuit, setting the 6th fastest time in the first part of Rookie Testing and running 2nd in the second part until stopping to make changes to the car's set up. In official practice Lyons made the most of his car's performance over the bumpy but spectacular Durban track to set the 2nd quickest time on his first flying lap.
Richard Lyons; 2nd in Practice, 1m19.179
"It was a slightly scrappy lap but it worked out fine and there's more speed to come. The track is very bumpy in places so we are having to run the car to cope with that, but I think we've started off pretty well here and just need to keep working for tomorrow when it matters in qualifying. The track is good fun to drive but mentally demanding because it requires complete concentration to stay away from the walls and get the most performance out of the car."
Gary Anderson, Technical Director
"The track here is bumpier that I expected so we have to run the car quite soft to cope with the conditions. We know what we want to do with the set-up and Richard will also find more time as the track conditions improve and he gains more experience around here."
Mark Gallagher, Team Principal
"It's been a good start to the weekend but we have to remain focused getting the result we want in qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday. Once again the organizers here in Durban have done a fantastic job with this track - probably one of the best street circuits in the world, and certainly one of the best locations."
-credit: team ireland