Sepang: Team India Saturday report

A1 TEAM INDIA COMPLETES QUALIFYING FOR A1GP WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT, SEPANG, MALAYSIA 25 November 2006 - A1 Team India continued to make good progress today at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. At the track where Armaan Ebrahim took...

A1 TEAM INDIA COMPLETES QUALIFYING FOR A1GP WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT, SEPANG, MALAYSIA

25 November 2006 - A1 Team India continued to make good progress today at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. At the track where Armaan Ebrahim took his first victory in Formula BMW Asia, the 17 year-old driver put the Indian car on the tenth row of the grid. The team benefited from a number of set up changes made overnight, to finish 19th in the morning's practice session. While some A1GP teams set quicker times by running on new tyres, A1 Team India choose to conserve their new rubber for the all important qualifying session.

Under slightly cloudy conditions, A1 Team India took to the track in the afternoon for the four flying lap' runs, of which the best two times aggregated set the team's grid position. Commenting on his performance in qualifying, Ebrahim said, "Conditions were good on track today, I had a really good first lap, but then on my second flying lap I was blocked by the USA car which I think lost us about half a second. Unfortunately I made a couple of mistakes on my third hot lap and on my fourth attempt, we were running on old tyres which lost us time. Tomorrow I will be hoping to make up plenty of positions in the Sprint race to give us the best possible starting position for the Feature race."

Yohann J Setna, Seat holder for A1 Team India added, "Armaan did a good job on his first qualifying lap and was actually 2.8 seconds quicker than his best time this morning. His second lap was even quicker, but he was held up quite badly by another car. I think that lap would have put us up a couple of positions on the grid. He should pick up some places tomorrow in the Sprint race as he tends to be good at rolling starts. Armaan is very much a racer and drives better in a racing situation when he is being challenged rather than on one qualification lap."

A1 Team India will now prepare for the 20-minute Sprint race which will take place at 03.00 GMT tomorrow. The grid for the 70 minute Feature race will be made up from finishing positions in the Sprint race. The Feature race, which includes a mandatory tyre-change pit stop will begin at 07.00 GMT.

-credit: team india

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