A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, CHINA- Practice 3 and driver nomination for qualifying

A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, CHINA- Practice 3 and driver nomination for qualifying

01.04.2006: A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, CHINA- Practice 3 and driver nomination for qualifying



DRIVER NOMINATIONS FOR QUALIFYING

Shanghai - Half the field topped the timing sheet this morning in the last official practice session of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Shanghai International Circuit, China. With France, USA, Great Britain, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Australia, South Africa and Indonesia all spending time at the top of the table, this was one of the most competitive sessions in the first A1GP season.

A1 Team Indonesia put in the fastest lap of the session with a time of 1.52.418, clearly demonstrating how the first A1GP season has seen the development of some of the less well known motorsport nations. Competition will be intense this afternoon as the Teams battle for Sprint race grid positions in a series of four 15 minute Qualifying sessions.



Official Practice Session 3

1 Indonesia Ananda Mikola 1.52.418 21

2 Great Britain Darren Manning 1.52.423 16

3 Mexico Salvador Duran 1.52.762 16

4 Canada Patrick Carpentier 1.52.930 19

5 France Alexandre Premat 1.53.001 15

6 Czech Republic Tomas Enge 1.53.008 21

7 Ireland Michael Devaney 1.53.093 13

8 Malaysia Alex Yoong 1.53.183 16

9 Australia Ryan Briscoe 1.53.448 19

10 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 1.53.481 20

11 South Africa Stephen Simpson 1.53.516 16

12 China Tengyi Jiang 1.53.518 20

13 New Zealand Matt Halliday 1.54.088 22

14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1.54.135 20

15 Switzerland Giorgio Mondini 1.54.221 18

16 Italy Enrico Toccacelo 1.54.268 18

17 Portugal Cesar Campanico 1.54.445 16

18 Austria Mathias Lauda 1.54.462 22

19 Lebanon Graham Rahal 1.55.201 18

20 Germany Sebastian Stahl 1.55.229 20

21 USA Phil Giebler 1.55.528 14

22 Pakistan Adam Khan 2.05.872 13

 



Nominated drivers for Qualifying - A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Shanghai International Circuit, China

Australia Ryan Briscoe

Austria Mathias Lauda

Brazil Christian Fittipaldi

Canada Patrick Carpentier

China Tengyi Jiang

Czech Republic

Tomas Enge

France Alexandre Premat

Germany Sebastian Stahl

Great Britain Darren Manning

Indonesia Ananda Mikola

Ireland Michael Devaney

Italy Enrico Toccacelo

Lebanon Graham Rahal

Malaysia Alex Yoong

Mexico Salvador Duran

Netherlands Jos Verstappen

New Zealand Matt Halliday

Portugal Cesar Campanico

South Africa Stephen Simpson

Switzerland Giorgio Mondini

USA Phil Giebler

Qualifying consists of four 15 minute sessions with a 10 minute break between each. Only one driver per A1 Team is allowed to take part in Qualifying but that driver must have completed at least three timed laps in an Official Practice session. Each driver is limited to three laps - effectively one "flying lap" - per session and must record at least two times, an aggregate of which will determine that A1 Team's position on the grid for Sunday's Sprint race (18 laps). The grid for the Feature race (36 laps) will be determined by the outcome of the Sprint race.

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.



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.

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

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