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11/24/07
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Jani leads Practice 3 in Malaysia
Malaysia - A1 Team Switzerland dominated the third and final official practice session at Sepang International circuit this morning, setting the scene for an incredibly close and exciting qualifying session this afternoon.

Champ Car driver Neel Jani, who masterfully converted his pole position to a win in last year's Sepang Sprint race, set the pace early on and went on to record a blisteringly quick lap of 1m49.176s on used tires, 40 minutes into the hour long session.

The Swiss racer was closely followed by France's Loic Duval, who clocked the second fastest time ahead of India's Narain Karthikeyan, with just over half a second separating the top three.

Despite spinning off the track into the gravel at the start of the session, GBR's Oliver Jarvis finished fourth fastest while USA's Jonathan Summerton and A1GP debutante Germany's Michael Ammermüller impressed the crowd by setting the fifth and sixth fastest times respectively.

South Africa's Adrian Zaugg was classified seventh while Brazil's Sergio Jimenez, who has been on strong form all weekend despite this being his first experience of the Sepang circuit, set the eighth quickest lap time of the morning.

Local hero Alex Yoong was obviously a lot happier with the set up of the Malaysian car, pleasing the home crowd by ending the session 10th fastest.

Current championship leader New Zealand's Jonny Reid was confined to the garage for much of the session due to a problem with second gear, but the team remain confident that the issue will be resolved in time for qualifying, which starts at 14.15 this afternoon.

Current championship leader New Zealand's Jonny Reid ended the session 16th, having been confined to the garage for much of the hour due to a problem with second gear, but the team remain confident that the issue will be resolved in time for qualifying, which starts at 14.15 this afternoon.

Official Practice Session 3

POS DRIVER A1 TEAM TIME GAP FIRST LAPS
1 Neel JANI SWITZERLAND 01:49.176 15
2 Loic DUVAL FRANCE 01:49.468 -0.292 18
3 Narain KARTHIKEYAN INDIA 01:49.711 -0.535 23
4 Oliver JARVIS GREAT BRITAIN 01:49.806 -0.630 19
5 Jonathan SUMMERTON USA 01:49.879 -0.703 17
6 Michael AMMERMÜLLER GERMANY 01:49.900 -0.724 18
7 Adrian ZAUGG SOUTH AFRICA 01:50.158 -0.982 21
8 Sergio JIMENEZ BRAZIL 01:50.167 -0.991 18
9 Erik JANIS CZECH REPUBLIC 01:50.289 -1.113 14
10 Alex YOONG MALAYSIA 01:50.466 -1.290 20
11 CongFu CHENG CHINA 01:50.477 -1.301 8
12 Robert WICKENS CANADA 01:50.482 -1.306 20
13 Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN NETHERLANDS 01:50.510 -1.334 19
14 Ian DYK AUSTRALIA 01:50.651 -1.475 23
15 Chris ALAJAJIAN LEBANON 01:50.706 -1.530 17
16 Jonny REID NEW ZEALAND 01:50.918 -1.742 5
17 Adam CARROLL IRELAND 01:50.981 -1.805 20
18 Enrico TOCCACELO ITALY 01:51.311 -2.135 18
19 Satrio HERMANTO INDONESIA 01:51.315 -2.139 21
20 Joao URBANO PORTUGAL 01:51.421 -2.245 13
21 Michel JOURDAIN MEXICO 01:51.429 -2.253 20
22 Adam KHAN PAKISTAN 01:51.745 -2.569 20

Nominated drivers for Qualifying - A1GP Sepang, Malaysia (round 3 of 10)
A1 TEAM DRIVER
Australia Ian Dyk
Brazil Sergio Jimenez
Canada Robert Wickens
China CongFu Cheng
Czech Republic Erik Janis
France Loic Duval
Germany Michael Ammermüller
Great Britain Oliver Jarvis
India Narain Karthikeyan
Indonesia Satrio Hermanto
Ireland Adam Carroll
Italy Enrico Toccacelo
Lebanon Chris Alajajian
Malaysia Alex Yoong
Mexico Michel Jourdain
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
New Zealand Jonny Reid
Pakistan Adam Khan
Portugal Joao Urbano
South Africa Adrian Zaugg
Switzerland Neel Jani
USA Jonathan Summerton

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