A1 Team Lebanon's best qualifying performance in A1GP

A1 Team Lebanon's best qualifying performance in A1GP

05.10.2008: A1 Team Lebanon's best qualifying performance in A1GP

A1 Team Lebanon celebrated the team’s best qualifying performance of its A1GP career in Zandvoort, Netherlands today. Daniel Morad, making his debut for the team in the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car, posted tenth quickest lap to line up on the fifth row of the grid for tomorrow’s season opening round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Powered by Ferrari.

A1 Team Lebanon used the valuable practice time this morning for Morad to become comfortable in the car, and with his first visit to the Zandvoort circuit he also needed to learn the track and its characteristics. Mixed weather conditions presented the team with a damp track, although it soon began to dry as the A1GP cars notched up the laps. At the end of the first session the Lebanese team were ninth fastest of the 12 cars running. In the second session the team continued to work on the preparations for this weekend’s races.

Although not focusing on improving their lap times, the team finished eighth quickest of the 13 cars out on track for this practice period. The afternoon qualifying at the Zandvoort circuit was altered for this weekend, as a number of the cars had been unable to participate in morning practice. The one-hour session allowed all teams as much track time as they wanted, with no restriction on the number of laps each car could complete.

The times were used to determine the grid for the Sprint race. The Sprint race results will determine the Feature race grid. A red flag after 14 minutes of track time interrupted the early part of the qualifying session, but after a few minutes of red flag stoppage to clear the track of a stranded Korean car, the session resumed. The Lebanon team continued with their preparations and as Morad gained confidence with the car, and worked with the engineers to improve its handling, his lap times tumbled. With 11 minutes of the session remaining the Australian car spun off the track causing a red flag.

The final ten minutes became a shoot out for the Sprint race grid positions, with Morad finishing the session with tenth quickest lap.

Morad summed up his session saying, "I’m happy with this afternoon’s qualifying, especially bringing Lebanon its best qualifying performance so far in A1GP. I’m still getting used to the car, so I think there is much more to come over the coming season, but with the limited track time I’m pleased. We ran early, gambling on possible rain to keep us high in the time sheets, but it didn’t quite turn out that way. With a fifth row grid slot we should be able to move up the grid in the Sprint race, but I think we’re all expecting rain, so this will bring another challenge."

Billy Karam, A1 Team Lebanon Ambassador, adds, "The team has made a great start to this season today. I think Daniel has lots of potential, and I’m very optimistic for the future. The changes that the team have made over the summer are already proving that Lebanon has the capability to challenge for World Cup of Motorsport points, and we look forward to the races tomorrow."

A1 Team Lebanon will be back out on track tomorrow for the two races at Zandvoort.

The morning Sprint race will start at 11.00am local time and the Feature race at 15.00 local time.

In Lebanon fans can enjoy all the action, with a tape delayed showing of all the action of race day, with the Sprint race shown at 12.30am GMT and the Feature race live at 14.00.

 

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05.10.2008 / MaP

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