Eastern Creek: Team Brazil Saturday report

It was a disappointing day for A1 Team Brasil and Tuka Rocha at the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia as the team took part in qualifying for round seven of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The team was only able to qualify on the tenth row of...

It was a disappointing day for A1 Team Brasil and Tuka Rocha at the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia as the team took part in qualifying for round seven of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The team was only able to qualify on the tenth row of the grid for the sprint race, in 20th position.

This morning's final one-hour free practice was held in very different conditions to yesterday. The day dawned hot and sunny, and Tuka took to the track hopeful of a positive practice session. He did improve his position from yesterday afternoon's final session, and closed the gap between Team Brasil to the frontrunners, and finally finished the session in 14th position, having completed 18 laps.

Unfortunately, qualifying did not go well for the team. Although Tuka consistently improved his lap times throughout the four segments, setting his fastest laps of 1:19.969 and 1:20.449 in the final two segments of the session, the lap times were not good enough to put the car further up the grid.

Tuka Rocha: "I don't know what's happening but in qualifying I was very far away, three seconds off the pace. In practice this morning we did one quick lap on old tyres, and maybe our pace on old tyres isn't so bad, but I should never be three seconds off the pace. The car has got worse since practice, and we have a lot of work to do to try to figure out what the problem is."

The A1GP qualifying format comprises four 15-minute sessions, separated by five-minute breaks. Each driver is limited to one flying lap per session and has to record at least two times. The two fastest times for each driver are then combined to form an aggregate time, from which the grid is formed.

-credit: team brazil

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Series A1GP
Drivers Tuka Rocha