A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, CHINA

A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, CHINA

01.04.2006: A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, CHINA



OFFICIAL PRACTICE SESSION RESULTS

Shanghai – The closing round of A1 Grand Prix’s inaugural season got underway today with 22 A1 race cars taking to the impressive Shanghai International Circuit for two Official Practice sessions.

Fastest of the day was A1 Team France’s Nicolas Lapierre who will split the weekend’s driving with team mate Alex Premat. Commenting on the track and the team’s performance, Lapierre said: ‘It’s a very difficult track for the driver and for the car so we had to work a lot today but at the end of the day we had a good time. We put in a good distance and we have to wait and see tomorrow what Alex can do. The track was not easy at the beginning as there are a lot of corners and it’s a very technical track but now I really like it because I think we will see a good race on Sunday.’

A1 Team Great Britain, who will be defending their current third place position in the championship standings, has opted for new driver Darren Manning this weekend. Speaking of his first time in an A1 race car, Manning said: ‘Obviously the day’s gone very well, it’s my first time in the car and first time on the track. It helped me being on a totally brand new circuit so the other drivers were learning the circuit as I was also learning how to drive the car. It’s nice to be in the press conference after my first time out so I hope I can keep it up for the rest of the weekend.’

Commenting on the Shanghai circuit, Manning continued: ‘It’s my first experience of this amazing circuit. It’s got everything you could want as a driver – it’s got some slow technical corners and some very high speed corners. It’s going to be very good for the racing and it’s going to be very physical. Because the track doesn’t get used very much, conditions just keep getting better and better, it’s going to be interesting stuff.’


Winner of the last race at Laguna Seca, A1 Team Mexico’s Salvador Duran recorded the fastest lap in the first session but initially struggled in the second: ‘It was a difficult day’, he said. ‘In the morning we were very fast in the beginning. In the afternoon we made a big change to the car which was difficult but we worked on the set up and luckily had enough time to put in a decent time at the end of the session. I’m very happy now as we now have a competitive car for tomorrow.’

Official Practice Session 1

1 Mexico Salvador Duran 1.52.513 20

2 Malaysia Alex Yoong 1.52.721 16

3 France Nicolas Lapierre 1.52.733 17

4 Ireland Michael Devaney 1.52.919 9

5 Canada Patrick Carpentier 1.52.989 18

6 Australia Ryan Briscoe 1.53.229 21

7 Great Britain Darren Manning 1.53.314 20

8 South Africa Stephen Simpson 1.53.452 13

9 New Zealand Matt Halliday 1.53.508 21

10 USAPhil Giebler 1.53.546 18

11 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1.53.560 16

12 Indonesia Ananda Mikola 1.53.626 17

13 Pakistan Adam Khan 1.53.662 19

14 Switzerland Giorgio Mondini 1.53.966 21

15 Lebanon Graham Rahal 1.54.001 22

16 Czech Republic Tomas Enge 1.54.125 19

17 Portugal Cesar Campanico 1.54.264 18

18 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 1.54.841 20

19 Italy Enrico Toccacelo 1.54.868 20

20 China Qinghua Ma 1.55.087 12

21 Austria Mathias Lauda 1.55.095 10

22 Germany Sebastian Stahl 1.56.833 21





Official Practice session 2 (16.00 – 17.00)

1 France Nicolas Lapierre 1.51.972 19

2 Great Britain Darren Manning 1.52.079 19

3 Mexico Salvador Duran 1.52.321 21

4 Australia Ryan Briscoe 1.52.355 19

5 Malaysia Alex Yoong 1.52.371 21

6 Ireland Michael Devaney 1.52.376 19

7 Canada Patrick Carpentier 1.52.388 22

8 China Tengyi Jiang 1.52.436 23

9 South Africa Stephen Simpson 1.52.477 16

10 Indonesia Ananda Mikola 1.52.701 20

11 New Zealand Matt Halliday 1.52.703 19

12 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1.52.858 19

13 Czech Republic Tomas Enge 1.52.960 23

14 Italy Enrico Toccacelo 1.53.052 22

15 Switzerland Giorgio Mondini 1.53.066 19

16 Pakistan Adam Khan 1.53.200 16

17 Portugal Cesar Campanico 1.53.423 23

18 USA Phil Giebler 1.53.564 20

19 Austria Mathias Lauda 1.53.918 24

20 Lebanon Graham Rahal 1.53.951 22

21 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 1.54.073 15

22 Germany Sebastian Stahl 1.56.172 20

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