Hinchcliffe tops the timesheets for A1 Team Canada at Silverstone Silverstone, England -30th August 2006 - A1 Team Canada wrapped the first day of official A1GP World Cup of Motorsport pre-season testing by topping the time-sheets at...
Hinchcliffe tops the timesheets for A1 Team Canada at Silverstone
Silverstone, England -30th August 2006 - A1 Team Canada wrapped the first day of official A1GP World Cup of Motorsport pre-season testing by topping the time-sheets at Silverstone, England courtesy of a fine performance from Toronto's James Hinchcliffe. The 19-year-old rookie, driving on Silverstone's 2.249-mile International Circuit for the very first time today, enjoyed a solid afternoon behind the wheel of A1 Team Canada's A1GP car, setting a flying lap of 1m10.738s to close the first day of testing eighth hundredths of a second faster than former F1 driver Jos Verstappen of A1 Team Netherlands.
Vancouver's Sean McIntosh was first out on track this morning, back in A1 Team Canada colors for the first time since his victory for the team back in Round 8 in Indonesia last February. Currently a front-runner in the World Series by Renault, McIntosh was quickly back up to speed in A1GP as 20 nations participated in the first of two days of pre-season testing.
Hinchcliffe took over from McIntosh just before lunch and returned for the entirety of this afternoon's running under near-perfect conditions at Silverstone. The Champ Car Atlantic Series race winner picked up the circuit quickly then set to work further learning the A1GP car following his maiden test last month at Pembrey. Armed with a fresh set of tires Hinchcliffe bagged the fastest lap of the afternoon as the session drew to a close. Both drivers are scheduled to be back in action tomorrow.
"Sean put down a good baseline this morning and this afternoon I started off on an older set of tires to see if we could work on set-up based on the end of a race. We were pretty happy with the progress made so decided to slap on a new set of tires to see what we could do. That run went well, we made some changes and went faster again. Towards the end we decided to run another new set and I found a space on the track and put in the quickest time. Everyone's happy with the outcome of the day, not least myself as it was my first day at the track and only my second time in an A1GP car!"
"I had a few good runs over the course of the morning but new tires definitely make the difference. It was great to be back working with the team and ultimately we were on the pace throughout the day which bodes well with the new season rapidly approaching. I'm looking forward to some more running tomorrow and continuing to work through our pre-season test program."
The second season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport kicks off before a sell-out crowd on the 1st October with Round 1 hosted at Circuit Park Zandvoort in Holland - www.a1gp.com