Taupo: Team Pakistan Saturday report

A1 Team Pakistan set for the A1GP Taupo, New Zealand A1 Team Pakistan was back on track today, qualifying for tomorrow's Sprint race. On a circuit that proved tricky for many drivers, Ali put the car on the 11th row of the grid for the first of...

A1 Team Pakistan set for the A1GP Taupo, New Zealand

A1 Team Pakistan was back on track today, qualifying for tomorrow's Sprint race. On a circuit that proved tricky for many drivers, Ali put the car on the 11th row of the grid for the first of Sunday's races. Representing his nation, Ali completed four flying laps around the brand new circuit, situated minutes from the majestic Lake Taupo on New Zealand's North Island. With weather conditions remaining dry and sunny, the drivers have yet to contend with the wet track conditions that have characterised A1GP's last two races in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Speaking about his qualifying performance, Ali said, "In the morning's practice session we improved our times quite dramatically compared to yesterday's times. I felt quite comfortable in the car and there were still places we could make up some time. So I was expecting us to go even better this afternoon, but unfortunately it didn't turn out like that. A lot of the drivers had issues with the track during qualifying, with even the most experienced drivers going off. It's a bit frustrating, we didn't improve the way I wanted to, I went off a couple of times, but that's what happens sometimes when you are trying to push hard. I went into a couple of corners a little too hot and lost the rear end of the car.

"Now I'm just going to clear my mind and focus on a new day tomorrow. We'll be back fighting, a lot of people have been going off track, so if we stay focused and put in some consistent times, there could be places to make up in the races. Most importantly, we'll be out there representing Pakistan in the World Cup of Motorsport."

Bobby Issazadhe, Team Manager of A1 Team Pakistan, added "This track is very technical and unfortunately Nur has not had the opportunity to gain any more experience since the last race in Indonesia, some six weeks ago.

The circuit is very demanding, there are some slow corners, which require accelerating hard in low gears, so I think Nur is having to learn a new style of driving to cope with that. Hopefully he has learnt from his mistakes today and will improve again in the Sprint race and learn a bit more, which will help us in the Feature race."

Together with nations from around the globe, A1 Team Pakistan will complete a 20 minute Sprint race, which will start at 22.00 GMT. Finishing positions from the Sprint race will decide starting positions for the longer 70 minute Feature race, to complete a demanding afternoon which requires the highest level of fitness from Nur Ali. It's not only the driver who is under pressure on race day.

A1 Team Pakistan will have to complete a mandatory tyre change during the Feature race which must take place between laps eight and 20 with a maximum of seven mechanics permitted to change all four tyres. The stop must be as quick as possible to get the A1 Team Pakistan car back on track for the final race to the finish line.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali