Eastern Creek: Team Pakistan Friday report

A1 Team Pakistan prepare for qualifying in Australia A1 Team Pakistan took part in practice at the A1GP Sydney, Australia today, alongside 21 other nations from around the globe. The 3.9 km long circuit, situated 40km from the beautiful city of...

A1 Team Pakistan prepare for qualifying in Australia

A1 Team Pakistan took part in practice at the A1GP Sydney, Australia today, alongside 21 other nations from around the globe. The 3.9 km long circuit, situated 40km from the beautiful city of Sydney, will host A1GP's second ever race in Australia, although it will be a first for A1 Team Pakistani driver, Nur Ali.

Track action kicked off today under wet conditions, with a fine mist of rain falling on the track. With streams of spray rising from the A1GP cars, conditions were slippery and visibility poor as Nur Ali got to grips with this complicated circuit. The weather was better for the final practice session of the day, as Ali improved his time dramatically to close the gap to A1 Team India.

Commenting on his first day at the Eastern Creek circuit, Ali said "This morning was quite frustrating, because the rain hampered our development programme a bit, and I wasn't able to learn the circuit quite as well as if it had been dry. For the final session this afternoon, it totally dried out and I was able to really focus on the track.

"I'm really pleased with how it went this afternoon, the team are happy with my progress and I've given them some good feedback to work on. I'm feeling really confident and comfortable in the car now and think we can make up a couple of seconds tomorrow which will move us up a few places. Hopefully it won't be raining, and we can carry on progressing and put on a good show for the team and the country of Pakistan."

As part of the build up to A1GP's seventh race of the season, Nur Ali took part in the traditional pre-race PR event yesterday in Sydney Harbour. Ali, joined by drivers from 14 other nations, took at trip on a jet boat across the city's infamous backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

One of the most multicultural locations that the A1GP circus visits, Sydney has a strong Pakistani community that is showing its support of the Karachi born driver. Ali commented, "I've already met some members of the Pakistani community, who are really enthusiastic about the team and A1GP. It's a great feeling to have encouragement from my fellow country men when I'm so far away from home. I'm hoping to see some green and white flags in the grandstands over the weekend."

A1 Team Pakistan will complete one more practice session tomorrow at 11.00 local time, before taking to the track for a four segment qualifying session, which will begin at 14.15. The results of qualifying will set the grid for the 20 minute Sprint race on Sunday, which will be followed by a longer 70 minute Feature race.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali