Zandvoort: Team Ireland qualifying report

Carroll qualifies Team Ireland 3rd for A1GP opener Zandvoort, Holland, Team Ireland's Adam Carroll ended a highly competitive first day of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season by qualifying his bright green A1GP...

Carroll qualifies Team Ireland 3rd for A1GP opener

Zandvoort, Holland, Team Ireland's Adam Carroll ended a highly competitive first day of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season by qualifying his bright green A1GP 'Powered by Ferrari' car in third place for tomorrow's opening round of the series in Zandvoort Park, Holland.

The 25 year old from Portadown fought a close battle with the Dutch team throughout the day and for much of the one hour qualifying Team Ireland headed the time sheets before The Netherlands, New Zealand and Malaysia dropped him to fourth in the closing minutes. Blocked by traffic early on his final qualifying run, Carroll managed to complete three successive qualifying laps on his Michelin tyres to pip Malaysia for third, finishing 0.022s behind A1 Team New Zealand and 0.338s off the pole sitting Team Netherlands car of Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Team Ireland's strong start to the season came after a successful test at Snetterton on Thursday which saw Carroll complete 65 trouble free laps in the dramatic looking new A1GP car, but the Irish squad had to work long hours preparing the car for today's sessions. The car once again ran faultlessly today, underlining the reliability of the new car with its 600bhp Ferrari V8 engine.

"I am very happy with today's result as we can really look forward to a good race tomorrow and we know we are right on the pace," said Carroll. "On my final qualifying run I decided not to go for it straight away and build up to a quick lap on my second flying lap, which had worked already for us during the session, but this time I hit traffic and had to abort the lap. I decided to go for it again with a third lap and it was good, even if the rear tyres did start to feel like they were going off. The team has done a fantastic job with the new car and we'll see what tomorrow brings."

"Today's performance was good to see and of great credit not only to Adam Carroll but to the whole team who have worked extremely hard to build, test and prepare the new car in recent days," said Team Principal Mark Gallagher. "It is also significant that A1GP and its new technical partners have provided us with such a quick, exciting and yet reliable car. Our goal for tomorrow is obviously to build on today's qualifying performance with a top three finish in both the Sprint and Feature Race if that is possible. The Dutch crowd will be fantastic, as usual, so we are looking forward to it."

Joining Gallagher for today's opening practice and qualifying sessions were A1 Team Ireland's new co-owners Teddy Yip, John Hynes and David Kennedy, the trio enjoying a competitive start to their investment in Ireland's World Cup of Motorsport entry.

-credit: ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Adam Carroll , Jeroen Bleekemolen , David Kennedy