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02/22/08
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Netherlands Tops Durban Friday Practice
South Africa - A1 Team Netherlands set the pace in the second of today's two free practice sessions in South Africa as round seven of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season got underway around the streets of Durban in hot and humid weather conditions.

Jeroen Bleekemolen recorded the best lap time of the day, a 1m18.738s, around the 3.28 km circuit, just over half a second off Brazil's lap record. Germany's Michael Ammermüller, who was an impressive 1.3 seconds quicker than the rest of the field at the end of the rookie practice session this morning, clocked the second fastest time of the day.

Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis, who hasn't driven an A1GP car since December 2007, and USA's Jonathan Summerton were on good form this afternoon, setting the third and fifth fastest lap times respectively. This was particularly impressive as both nations did not have the benefit of this morning's rookie session. Switzerland's Neel Jani was sandwiched between GBR and USA in fourth.

Home nation South Africa's Adrian Zaugg pleased his local fans by setting the sixth fastest time of the day despite limited track time, closely followed by Australia's John Martin in seventh. Title leaders A1 Team New Zealand and France had a tough time around the streets of Durban, finishing the session 11th and 15th respectively.

Canada's Robert Wickens only managed 10 minutes of track time and completed four laps in this afternoon's session, as the team had to repair damage sustained to the car during this morning's rookie session, when new boy Daniel Morad, the youngest driver to sign-on this season, was behind the wheel.

With concrete walls surrounding the perimeter of the tight and twisty street circuit, some of the teams and drivers ran into trouble with session-stopping incidents. A1 Team Mexico's David Garza had a big accident this morning, hitting the wall as he exited turn six. Garza was unhurt but the car was so badly damaged that the Mexican team had to sit out the second session and spend the afternoon setting up one of A1GP's spare cars for qualifying tomorrow.

The Netherlands' Jeroen Bleekemolen set the fastest time overall today and is feeling happier with the set up of the Dutch car:

'It was a lot of fun to drive. I love street circuits so it's been going really well. I won last year in Monaco with the Porsche Supercup and I won with A1GP in Beijing so I just like racing on these tracks. We have been struggling a lot with the car the last few races and it's going much better on street circuits, as it did in the past with Jos Verstappen, so I think we have a much better set up for that and it looks like we have a good chance for this weekend. We just need to work on the normal circuit set up.'

South Africa's Adrian Zaugg, who set the sixth fastest lap this afternoon, is feeling quietly confident ahead of his home event in Durban this weekend:

'We had problems with rebalancing the tires today so we just tried to do one lap at the end which wasn't too bad under the circumstances, so we're looking alright. It's very competitive and A1GP is getting more and more competitive with each season and I think the times will stay pretty close all weekend. I'm pretty confident - we'll see after qualifying on Saturday afternoon but I think we should be in good shape.'

Official Practice Session 1 - Rookie drivers and developing nations only

POS A1 TEAM DRIVER TIME S1 LAP S1 TIME S2 LAP S2 TIME GAP FIRST
1 GERMANY Michael AMMERMÜLLER 01:21.162 12 01:19.390 16 01:19.390
2 SWITZERLAND Marcel FASSLER 01:21.006 12 01:20.705 17 01:20.705 1.315
3 AUSTRALIA John MARTIN 01:21.870 17 01:20.885 13 01:20.885 1.495
4 MALAYSIA Fairuz FAUZY 01:21.502 15 01:21.144 12 01:21.144 1.754
5 SOUTH AFRICA Wesleigh ORR 01:22.456 14 01:21.254 13 01:21.254 1.864
6 BRAZIL Xandi NEGRAO 01:22.026 13 01:21.255 14 01:21.255 1.865
7 PAKISTAN Adam KHAN 01:22.980 10 01:21.442 5 01:21.442 2.052
8 ITALY Edoardo PISCOPO 01:22.548 15 01:21.642 15 01:21.642 2.252
9 FRANCE Nicolas PROST 01:23.047 13 01:21.707 14 01:21.707 2.317
10 LEBANON Khalil BESCHIR 01:24.009 10 01:21.863 8 01:21.863 2.473
11 NETHERLANDS Arie LUYENDYK 01:23.376 12 01:22.347 12 01:22.347 2.957
12 MEXICO David GARZA 01:22.384 13 01:23.239 4 01:22.384 2.994
13 PORTUGAL Filipe ALBUQUERQUE 01:22.859 6 01:22.550 8 01:22.550 3.16
14 INDONESIA Satrio HERMANTO 01:23.994 15 01:23.115 15 01:23.115 3.725
15 IRELAND Niall QUINN 01:23.484 11 01:23.401 8 01:23.401 4.011
16 INDIA Parthiva SURESHWAREN 01:24.334 6 01:24.101 12 01:24.101 4.711
17 CANADA Daniel MORAD 01:24.226 5 01:25.039 5 01:24.226 4.836
18 CZECH REPUBLIC Josef KRAL 01:26.088 9 0 01:26.088 6.698

Official Practice session 2

POS DRIVER A1 TEAM LAP TIME GAP_FIRST LAPS
1 Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN NETHERLANDS 19 01:18.738 - 23
2 Michael AMMERMÜLLER GERMANY 11 01:19.051 0.313 17
3 Oliver JARVIS GREAT BRITAIN 20 01:19.207 0.469 22
4 Neel JANI SWITZERLAND 20 01:19.303 0.565 23
5 Jonathan SUMMERTON USA 20 01:19.525 0.787 21
6 Adrian ZAUGG SOUTH AFRICA 17 01:19.567 0.829 17
7 John MARTIN AUSTRALIA 5 01:19.579 0.841 16
8 Narain KARTHIKEYAN INDIA 21 01:19.580 0.842 26
9 Filipe ALBUQUERQUE PORTUGAL 20 01:19.626 0.888 23
10 Fairuz FAUZY MALAYSIA 21 01:19.658 0.92 23
11 Jonny REID NEW ZEALAND 23 01:19.765 1.027 28
12 Bruno JUNQUEIRA BRAZIL 5 01:20.023 1.285 6
13 Adam KHAN PAKISTAN 11 01:20.058 1.32 22
14 Congfu CHENG CHINA 21 01:20.058 1.32 26
15 Jonathan COCHET FRANCE 21 01:20.271 1.533 23
16 Adam CARROLL IRELAND 18 01:20.354 1.616 19
17 Robert WICKENS CANADA 3 01:20.990 2.252 4
18 Edoardo PISCOPO ITALY 8 01:21.430 2.692 27
19 Satrio HERMANTO INDONESIA 13 01:22.230 3.492 22
20 Khalil BESCHIR LEBANON 3 01:22.469 3.731 10
21 Josef KRAL CZECH REPUBLIC 21 01:22.727 3.989 28
22 David GARZA MEXICO 0 0

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