Sepang - A1GP - Practice
A1 Team Great Britain dominated today's free practice sessions at Sepang circuit in hot and humid conditions, as round three of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season kicked off in Malaysia.
23-year-old Oliver Jarvis set the pace,
clocking an outstanding lap of 1m49.459s on worn tyres around the 5.54km circuit, slashing New Zealand's lap record of 1m53.343s which was set by Jonny Reid at last year's A1GP Sepang event in November 2006.
Jarvis was pleased with his team's start to the weekend but is adamant there is still work to be done and is targeting a strong qualifying performance tomorrow afternoon.
"It was a reasonable day," he said. "I would've liked a bit more pace early on in the session with the new tyres but I'm very happy with the lap time set at the end - for the age of the tyres it was fairly fantastic. But tomorrow's when it really counts and the guys will sit down tonight and analyse the data and hopefully we'll come back even stronger tomorrow."
Switzerland's Neel Jani, whose driving style suits the smooth and flowing Sepang circuit, finished the day second fastest, just under half a second off the British car.
Jani took over from Rahel Frey who was in the Swiss car this morning for the rookie session. Frey set the 13th quickest time and became the fifth female to drive an A1GP car during a race weekend.
France's Loic Duval set the third fastest time of the day while the fourth spot was taken by current championship leader New Zealand's Jonny Reid, closely followed by China and defending champion Germany in fifth and sixth place respectively.
Home nation Malaysia's Alex Yoong had a difficult session this afternoon and was not able to improve on 17th place due to the session being yellow flagged when Pakistan's Adam Khan spun off towards the end of the hour.
A1GP Sepang practice times
POS A1 TEAM DRIVER TIME
1 GREAT BRITAIN Oliver JARVIS 01:49.459
2 SWITZERLAND Neel JANI 01:49.911
3 FRANCE Loic DUVAL 01:50.094
4 NEW ZEALAND Jonny REID 01:50.320
5 CHINA Congfu CHENG 01:50.471
6 GERMANY Michael AMMERMÜLLER 01:50.641
7 BRAZIL Sergio JIMENEZ 01:50.753
8 CANADA Robert WICKENS 01:50.909
9 INDIA Narain KARTHIKEYAN 01:50.989
10 NETHERLANDS Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN 01:51.006
11 SOUTH AFRICA Adrian ZAUGG 01:51.010
12 IRELAND Adam CARROLL 01:51.174
13 PORTUGAL Joao URBANO 01:51.266
14 USA Jonathan SUMMERTON 01:51.304
15 AUSTRALIA Ian DYK 01:51.387
16 ITALY Enrico TOCCACELO 01:51.513
17 MALAYSIA Alex YOONG 01:51.668
18 CZECH REPUBLIC Erik JANIS 01:51.830
19 LEBANON Chris ALAJAJIAN 01:52.076
20 MEXICO Michel JOURDAIN 01:52.201
21 INDONESIA Satrio HERMANTO 01:52.926
22 PAKISTAN Adam KHAN 01:52.993