Taupo: Team Germany Friday notes

A1 Team Germany starts new year in positive mood A1 Team Germany headed by Seat Holder Willi Weber kicked off the first race weekend in 2008 in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport with a series of strong performances. In Friday's free practice ...

A1 Team Germany starts new year in positive mood

A1 Team Germany headed by Seat Holder Willi Weber kicked off the first race weekend in 2008 in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport with a series of strong performances. In Friday's free practice sessions, Christian Vietoris from Gonnersdorf in Germany left his mark during the fifth round of the series in New Zealand with fourth place in the combined Rookie sessions, complemented by fourth place in the second free practice.

The German team that has tasted its first victory of the season on the previous race meeting in December adapted well to the 3.5 kilometre Taupo circuit on New Zealand's North Island. Lapping the track in 1m17.577s, Christian Vietoris achieved the third best time in the first Rookie session behind Ireland's Adam Carroll and Australia's John Martin. In the second part of the Rookie session, he backed up his performance in finishing third again (1m17.444s), his times adding up to fourth overall in the combined classification.

In the afternoon, a time of 1m15.986s equalled fourth place again in the field of the 22 nations. Christian Vietoris was prevented from further progress on Friday by several factors. "Generally, it is good to be back. I have to get used to the car again and it feels better every lap. I still don't feel the new tyres perfectly so we didn't make the most of a set of fresh rubber in the afternoon. Also, the track was extremely dirty and many drivers had a few moments or even spins. The car didn't feel bad at all, but we are still working on the braking balance", reported the 18 year-old German driver. "I'm sure we have a good chance of sorting that out in the remaining free practice session on Saturday before we enter qualifying."

Commenting on the the track located in a unique landscape nearby a picturesque lake and a volcano, Christian Vietoris added: "Taupo is unique, and everybody enjoys the atmosphere over here at temperatures of 28 degrees centigrade. The twelfth corner has been changed quite significantly since last year. Instead of a fourth-gear bend, we now negotiate the corner in second gear. It's nearly a chicance. I enjoy it, but I somewhat doubt that it will cause more overtaking. This is why Saturday's qualifying that determines the starting orders for both the sprint and feature races on Sunday will be crucial. We look to build on our performances and to get a decent position on the grids."

Broadcast times on Premiere: Race Sunday, 20 January, 2:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m. (repeat).

-credit: germany/speedpool.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Adam Carroll , Christian Vietoris , John Martin