Ireland sets early pace in China Adam Carroll made a fantastic debut on new soil ending the day fastest for Ireland, half a second clear of his closest rival, as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport took to the Zhuhai International Circuit in China...
Ireland sets early pace in China
Adam Carroll made a fantastic debut on new soil ending the day fastest for Ireland, half a second clear of his closest rival, as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport took to the Zhuhai International Circuit in China for the first time.
After a steady rookie session this morning, including time spent Alearning the new track, Belmayne 1 Team Ireland was eager to get back Aout on track this afternoon.
Adam did not disappoint, getting straight on the pace, putting in a flying lap of 1:23.279 on lap three on fresh rubber. His time was never beaten, with only Canada getting close, 0.492s adrift. After putting in such a competitive time so early on the team was able to concentrate on race set up and making sure they were fully prepared ahead of qualifying tomorrow. The Ireland squad were in positive form after a brilliant day saw them back on top where the results reflected the hard work put in by everybody involved.
Adam Carroll: "It's been a good start to the weekend but it's only practice. I got a good time on new rubber and although I'm sure everyone will be pushing to catch up tomorrow, I'm hoping we can carry the pace all the way through the weekend. The track tarmac is quite abrasive so half way through the sessions your tyres are gone and you can't really do anything else. You can get only one or two good laps out the tyres, so the first lap should be your best. I think everything is starting to come together, we're showed some pace in the first couple of weekends although Sepang was just a hard weekend as we had a lot of teething problems and problems with my race seat, but now I'm comfortable in the car everything goes forward from there. Now I can concentrate on driving the car and it's making all the difference. I feel the issues from Sepang we can put right and be at the front all weekend. We're targeting a strong performance for tomorrow afternoon and hopefully we can be back at the front and stay there."
Dan Walmsley, Race Engineer: "I'm really happy with sessions today. The car has been good since the very first lap and we've spent most the rest of the sessions working on race set-up. It's all very positive, Adam's happy and we've resolved a lot of issues we had with the seat in the car. Overall it's a really great performance by everyone in the team and now we've just got to carry it through to qualifying."
Mark Gallagher, Team Principal: "It's great to see Ireland topping the time sheets, and by some margin. Adam showed well in the rookie test session this morning and the team knew which way to go with the set-up so when it all came together in practice it matched our expectations. I would prefer to be P1 on Sunday, but Friday is a good start."