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French team fastest in Durban practice
Durban, South Africa - Having flown overnight from a GP2 test at the Paul Ricard track in the South of France, A1 Team South Africa’s main driver, Adrian Zaugg made his long awaited return to A1GP at his home race in Durban, South Africa this morning after a three race break as he recovered from surgery on a forearm injury.

Adrian flew in this morning and headed straight to the track for the first practice session of the Durban race weekend. Despite suffering a broken drive shaft on the first lap out, A1 Team South Africa recorded the 13th fastest lap of the morning session and 10th fastest lap of the afternoon session.

‘It felt as if I arrived just five minutes before the session, but I had enough time to start on time and get prepared in the car so that was okay. It was just a drive shaft that broke on my first lap but in motorsport things like that happen. Then I pushed a bit too much later, missed my braking and hit the wall, so we had to retire and I was only able to do one lap in the rookie session. The track is really fantastic and lots of fun to drive. It is a bit bumpy but everybody has the same problems and so this is not something I need to worry about’, Zaugg commented.

A1 Team France’s Loic Duval set the fastest time of both sessions, putting his experience of street circuits at Pau, Monaco and Macau to good use. Commenting on the Durban track, Duval said: ‘This morning I spent learning the track and this afternoon unfortunately we had some mechanical problems at the beginning and many red flags, but the car is quite good. I didn’t do a really, really good lap but the time looks fine so it was okay. Now we have to take care about the German, South African and New Zealand teams, but everything is all right. Durban looks a really nice track and it was good fun to drive today.’

Unfortunately the final practice of the day was cut short when a small section of track curbing at turn seven broke up. The organizers are now repairing the area and foresee no further problems over the weekend. After a further free practice session at 11.00 in the morning, Qualifying for the Sprint race will take place with four 15 minute sessions between 14.15 and 15.30.

Official Practice Session 1 – Rookie drivers and developing nations only
  A1 Team Driver  Time No. Laps
1 France  Loic Duval 1.19.836 12
2 India  Narain Karthikeyan 1.20.120 24
3 China  Ho Pin Tung 1.20.746 26
4 Switzerland  Marcel Fassler 1.20.924 24
5 Italy  Michele Rugolo 1.20.947 24
6 Netherlands  Renger van der Zande 1.20.966 23
7 USA  Jonathan Summerton 1.21.097 22
8 Singapore  Christian Murchison 1.21.409 18
9 Great Britain  Oliver Jarvis 1.21.443 23
10 Ireland  Richard Lyons 1.21.448 18
11 Portugal Alvaro Parente 1.21.550 7
12 Australia  Ian Dyk 1.21.678 19
13 South Africa  Adrian Zaugg 1.21.684 2
14 Canada  Kevin Lacroix 1.21.943 26
15 Czech Republic  Filip Salaquarda 1.22.924 14
16 Lebanon  Allam Khodair 1.23.066 16
17 Indonesia  Moreno Soeprapto 1.23.809 16
18 Brazil  Luiz Razia 1.27.261 5
19 Pakistan  Nur Ali  1.27.264 16

A1 Team Portugal were permitted to take part in one of the two sectors that made up practice session one to shakedown their car.

Official Practice session 2 (14.00 – 15.00)
  A1 Team Driver  Time No. Laps
1 France  Loic Duval 1.18.620 5
2 Ireland  Richard Lyons 1.19.179 11
3 Germany  Nico Hulkenberg 1.19.350 10
4 Czech Republic  Tomas Enge 1.19.358 6
5 Netherlands  Jeroen Bleekemolen 1.19.441 14
6 Switzerland  Neel Jani 1.19.583 14
7 Indonesia  Ananda Mikola 1.19.739 14
8 India  Narain Karthikeyan 1.19.772 15
9 China  Ho Pin Tung 1.19.779 7
10 South Africa  Adrian Zaugg 1.19.888 13
11 Brazil  Bruno Junqueira 1.19.902 14
12 Portugal  Alvaro Parente 1.19.918 5
13 New Zealand  Matt Halliday 1.19.932 14
14 Malaysia  Alex Yoong 1.20.154 14
15 USA  Jonathan Summerton 1.20.288 15
16 Italy  Enrico Toccacelo 1.20.308 15
17 Australia  Karl Reindler 1.20.809 8
18 Mexico  Salvador Duran 1.20.828 11
19 Canada  James Hinchcliffe 1.21.137 13
20 Lebanon  Allam Khodair 1.21.240 14
21 Great Britain  Robbie Kerr 1.21.256 9
22 Pakistan  Nur Ali 1.24.317 16
23 Singapore  Christian Murchison - -

A1 Team Singapore did not set a time in the afternoon practice session as they continued to work on the car after an incident in the morning session where the car sustained damage after spinning off and hitting the wall.

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