GERMANY, RUSSIA AND INDONESIA JOIN A1 GRAND PRIX AT PAUL RICARD TEST Le Castellet, 24 August - Germany, Indonesia and Russia will join A1 Grand Prix today as the Series' embarks on its second team test session at the world-famous Paul Ricard...
GERMANY, RUSSIA AND INDONESIA JOIN A1 GRAND PRIX AT PAUL RICARD TEST
Le Castellet, 24 August - Germany, Indonesia and Russia will join A1 Grand Prix today as the Series' embarks on its second team test session at the world-famous Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in Le Castellet, France.
The seat holder behind A1 Team Germany will be announced at an on-site press conference tomorrow (Thursday 25 August), while details of the seat holders for A1 Teams Indonesia and Russia will follow shortly.
The addition of the three new teams means that 20 A1 race cars representing Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA will be seen on track for the first time.
Keeping a close eye on the second official team test session, A1 Grand Prix Founder, President and Chairman, Sheikh Maktoum said: 'The first shakedown held at Silverstone at the beginning of August saw the competitive spirit of the Teams emerge as the top 10 drivers all recorded fastest lap times within one second of each other. The Teams have had the opportunity to fine tune their cars and with the addition of another five Teams excitement and anticipation is building for a successful test session and a competitive Series.'
A1 Grand Prix will release official timing results at the end of each day's testing (Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August 2005).
Notes to Editors 1. A1 Grand Prix is the first opportunity in any area of motorsport for nations to compete with other nations on an equal basis. Up to 25 national teams will race identical cars with no electronic driver aids. Performance is determined by human bravery, skill and excellence. 2. To date, A1 Grand Prix has officially announced 23 of the 25 national teams that will race in the inaugural season of the World Cup of Motorsport. 3. Following the summer sun around the globe, A1 Grand Prix will deliver 12 weekends of exciting racing action outside of the traditional motorsport season, kicking-off at Brands Hatch in the UK on 25 September 2005 before travelling to Germany, Portugal, Australia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia or Singapore, South Africa, Mexico, both east and west coast USA and China. Full details of the provisional race calendar can be found at www.a1gp.com. <pre> PAUL RICARD A1GP TEST - DAY 1 - WED. 24TH AUG
Morning Times 1 Brazil 1:24:973 Nelson Piquet jr. 2 Portugal 1:25:432 Alvaro Parente 3 GB 1:25:771 Robbie Kerr 4 Nederland 1:26:040 Jos Verstappen 5 Australia 1:26:058 Will Power 6 Mexico 1:26:087 Salvador Duran 7 Pakistan 1:26:139 Adam Khan 8 South Africa 1:26:177 Thomas Scheckter 9 Ireland 1:26:202 Ralph Firman 10 Switzerland 1:26:221 Romain Grosjean 11 Lebanon 1:26:477 Basil Shaaban 12 France 1:26:539 Christophe Bouchut 13 New Zealand 1:26:600 Jonny Reid 14 Malaysia 1:27:006 Fairuz Fauzy 15 India 1:27:978 Karun Chandok 16 USA 1:28:789 Scott Speed 17 Germany 1:30:316 Timo Scheider 18 Russia 1:39:368 Nikolay Fomenko