Taupo: Team Pakistan Friday report

Steady progress for A1 Team Pakistan in New Zealand A1 Team Pakistan took part in the first day of track action at the A1GP Taupo, New Zealand today. Nur Ali, again representing his country in the World Cup of Motorsport, improved throughout...

Steady progress for A1 Team Pakistan in New Zealand

A1 Team Pakistan took part in the first day of track action at the A1GP Taupo, New Zealand today. Nur Ali, again representing his country in the World Cup of Motorsport, improved throughout the day to take nearly eight seconds off his best time in the day's first practice session. Under blazing sunshine and blue skies, the green and white Pakistan car completed a total of 61 laps around the recently renovated track, over 13,000 km its homeland.

The A1GP car is not the only speed Ali has experienced this week. The Karachi born driver also took part in a pre-race PR event on Lake Taupo, which saw the A1GP drivers complete timed runs on jet skis around a marked course. The drivers attracted a crowd of curious locals as well as a group of Maori dancers who gave the drivers a traditional New Zealand welcome.

Back on the race track, the A1GP drivers soon found that the Taupo track will prove a challenge throughout the weekend. Ali commented, "The track was quite slippery already by the first session, the other support races had already been on the circuit and there was some debris. The track is generally very winding and narrow. If you go off-line at all, you immediately find a lot of dirt and it's very dusty. Towards the end of the first session, it almost felt like the car was on ice.

"After bedding in brakes in the first half of this morning's session, we were able to make some changes and improve our time quite considerably. In practice this afternoon it got very slippery and I went off together with most of the field. I think we need to play smart this weekend, and if we stay on track we will stand a good chance of picking up some places."

The A1 Team Pakistan car will undergo preparations this evening before taking to the track again for the final practice session tomorrow morning and the four segment qualifying session in the afternoon.

Having recorded the team's best finish of the season at the last race in Indonesia, Ali will be hoping to improve on that in A1GP's most southern race of the season.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali