A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, CHINA- Shanghai Qualifying results and Sprint race grid

A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, CHINA- Shanghai Qualifying results and Sprint race grid

01.04.2006: A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, CHINA- Shanghai Qualifying results and Sprint race grid



A1 GP SERIES -  SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, CHINA

Shanghai – A1 Team Malaysia snatched their first pole position for the final Sprint race of the 2005/06 A1 Grand Prix season this afternoon after the flag had dropped in the last of the four Qualifying sessions. A1 Team Great Britain’s Darren Manning, who led from the word go, was denied the opportunity to head up the grid in his first A1GP race by Malaysia’s Alex Yoong. While Manning still recorded the fastest lap of Qualifying (1.51.832), Yoong pushed his aggregate time ahead of A1 Teams France and Great Britain, with a 1.51.846 flying lap after leaving the pits in the last few minutes of the session.



Darren Manning, making his debut for A1 Team Great Britain, praised the A1GP Qualifying system for the excitement that it added to the day.
‘I thought it was all over after I was quickest in the first session but this qualifying system is different, it isn’t over until the last car crosses the line. It’s a really good result for A1 Team Great Britain. I made a small mistake just before the back straight, and lost too much speed. The back straight is very long and I lost a lot of time. Without that I think I would have been even closer to Alex. I have little experience as to how the Series is run, but we are doing ok, and I will be going out to win the race tomorrow.’

First time A1GP pole sitter Alex Yoong, was pleased with his performance: ‘Today was really good, the car was brilliant, we made a couple of small improvements from yesterday. It’s a great day for A1 Team Malaysia. The team is brand new, and was only put together for A1GP, it has been a big effort for a lot of people. This will mean a lot to the people in Malaysia, which, like China, does not have a motorsport background.’



Alex Premat took to the track for the first time today, after his team mate, Nicolas Lapierre drove yesterday’s practice sessions
. ‘Just before Qualifying I managed to do a few laps during third practice. So I had to learn the set up of the car and the circuit quickly. I made a few mistakes, but for tomorrow I think it will be perfect.’

With three official practice sessions and four 15 minute Qualifying sessions completed over two days, not a single red flag has been seen all weekend. There have been a few spins including a matching pair from A1 Teams Australia and USA on turn one in the first Qualifying session and another from A1 Team New Zealand in Q3, but they each managed to get themselves back on track for the subsequent sessions.



1 Malaysia Alex Yoong 3.43.700

2 Great Britain Darren Manning 3.43.888

3 France Alexandre Premat 3.44.392

4 Mexico Salvador Duran 3.44.560

5 Indonesia Ananda Mikola 3.44.656

6 Ireland Michael Devaney 3.44.724

7 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 3.45.206

8 Czech Republic Tomas Enge 3.45.554

9 Australia Ryan Briscoe 3.45.683

10 Switzerland Giorgio Mondini 3.45.965

11 Canada Patrick Carpentier 3.46.254

12 South Africa Stephen Simpson 3.46.430

13 New Zealand Matt Halliday 3.46.455

14 Pakistan Adam Khan 3.46.458

15 China Tengyi Jiang 3.46.543

16 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 3.46.737

17 Italy Enrico Toccacelo 3.46.864

18 Portugal Cesar Campanico 3.47.489

19 USA Phil Giebler 3.47.565

20 Lebanon Graham Rahal 3.47.714

21 Austria Mathias Lauda 3.48.036

22 Germany Sebastian Stahl 3.49.171

Home racers A1 Team China and Series leaders A1 Team France are both taking advantage of a unique rule which allows teams to change drivers between Qualifying and each of the two races. A1 Team China will run with Ma Qinghua in the Sprint race and Tengyi Jiang in the Feature race while A1 Team France will run Alexandre Premat for the Sprint and Nicolas Lapierre for the Feature race. All other A1 Teams will keep their Qualifying driver behind the wheel for both races.

The Sprint race will be contested over 50 miles lasting up to 30 minutes in duration. With a rolling start at 13.30 local time, tomorrow’s race will be run over 15 laps of the Shanghai circuit. The outcome of the race determines the grid positions for the Feature race which will start at 15.00 local time with a standing start. The Feature race will be run over 100 miles (30 laps) lasting up to 60 minutes in duration.



1. A1 Grand Prix is the first opportunity in any area of motorsport for nations to compete with other nations on an equal basis. 25 national teams representing Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA race identical cars with no electronic driver aids. Performance is determined by human bravery, skill and excellence.

2. The A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai is the last race in A1 Grand Prix’s inaugural season. Circuit Park Zandvoort will host the first race in season two from 29 September – 1 October 2006. Tickets and media accreditation are available through the A1GP website.



3. For additional information about A1 Grand Prix including ticket sales and full television listings, please visit http://www.a1gp.com/

 

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