Ireland off to Flying Start in Mexico Mexico City: Irish rookie, Niall Quinn got Belmayne A1 Team Ireland off to a flying start finishing second in first practice in Mexico City. With a wet session in Australia and the confines of the street...
Ireland off to Flying Start in Mexico
Mexico City: Irish rookie, Niall Quinn got Belmayne A1 Team Ireland off to a flying start finishing second in first practice in Mexico City.
With a wet session in Australia and the confines of the street circuit in Durban, this was the first chance the young Dublin racer had to really stretch his legs. The bumpy surface makes handling difficult for the drivers and the high altitude means thinner air which also effects the car and driver but Niall set about the 4.42km track putting in consistently good lap times and helping the team set the car up for the weekend ahead.
He got his time down to a 1m 24.132s in the first half of the rookies only session which provisionally put him P1. After outbraking himself and cutting the chicane his quicker time was therefore disallowed but he still ended a credible fourth. In the second half of the hour session he continued working to get his time down even further, finding time in the second sector to move closer to Italy in P1. By the chequered flag Niall was P2 with a 1m 23.103s lap, with the fastest Sector 3 time and just 0.293s off Italy in P1.
Portadown's Adam Carroll will now takeover driver duties for the rest of the weekend.
Niall Quinn: "That was the first time I could really push the car and really let my hair down so I am really happy with the result. P2 is great and my lap was not too far off quickest. I'm really happy!"
Dan Walmsley, Race Engineer: "We were really keen to start the weekend on a good footing and Niall has continued his development with us really well today. It's given him the opportunity to push as the circuit is a lot more open than Durban and it was wet in Australia so it's his first real crack in the car in the dry. He has been absolutely fantastic and his feedback has been solid. We've made some good changes to the car and he was unlucky not to get the fastest time overall. P2 is a good start for the weekend; we just need to make sure we continue the momentum through qualifying and into the races."
Mark Gallagher, Team Principal: "Niall has done everything we asked him to do since he joined Team Ireland earlier this season. Finally we have allowed him to have a proper run at it today instead of doing bedding in work for Adam and he's done a superb job. We're very pleased with him and it's good for the team as it sets us up for the weekend. The information he has been able to provided Dan with will be invaluable later on so all in all it's very good."