A1 Team GBR lines up sixth ahead of A1GP opener Qualifying, Round 1 -- A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Circuit Park Zandvoort, Holland Zandvoort, Holland (September 30, 2006) -- A1 Team Great Britain continued to run amongst the pace-setters...
A1 Team GBR lines up sixth ahead of A1GP opener
Qualifying, Round 1 -- A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Circuit Park Zandvoort, Holland
Zandvoort, Holland (September 30, 2006) -- A1 Team Great Britain continued to run amongst the pace-setters today with Darren Manning piloting the British entry to a sixth place qualifying effort ahead of the opening round of the new season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, including a Sprint and Feature race tomorrow, Sunday 1st October, at Circuit Park Zandvoort, Holland.
Second fastest in yesterday's official practice, Manning (31), a former BAR-Honda Formula One test driver, headed into this afternoon's qualifying session armed with three new sets of Cooper tyres for the four timed laps used to set the grid for tomorrow's 20-minute Sprint race, the fastest two laps from each driver counting for the aggregate time. A flying third lap, a 1m27.770s, looked good to land Manning the pole if it was backed up in the fourth run but a 1m28.310s lap time followed after a slight error to place A1 Team Great Britain sixth for the first Sprint race of the new A1GP season.
Pole went to A1 Team South Africa with Formula Renault Euro Cup regular Adrian Zaugg behind the wheel.
A1 Team Great Britain Team Principal, John Surtees:
"Well sixth place isn't quite what we expected following yesterday's encouraging performance. Darren's first run on old tyres was impressive and he was ahead of the game in his third run but a little sideways action on his final run cost what could well have been pole position but all it's really done is just give him a little more work to do tomorrow in the race!"
"The track was getting quicker and quicker and I banged in a good third run. I just clipped the kerb at the chicane on my final run, got sideways, and that messed up the end of what would have been an even better lap. It's a bit disappointing but the main thing is that we're still up there with the front-runners and should be good when we get to go racing tomorrow."