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03/02/09
a1gp
Pakistan targets Portugal return
A1 Team Pakistan has set its sights on a return to A1GP racing action in the Algarve in Portugal on 12 April.  A fortnight ago the team tested their new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car, running more than 150 laps at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom, South Africa, but elected not to race in Kyalami.

Seat holder and driver for the team, Adam Khan, was behind the wheel and was pleased with the progress the team made over the course of the test session.

“It’s been a long wait for me to have a car which I could safely and comfortably fit, but it’s been worth it,” he said. “I really enjoyed the handling of this new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car, and I was gaining confidence throughout the test. It was a very smooth running test and with the excellent reliability we had, we were able to quickly move on to developing our performance.

“Unfortunately we’re a long way behind the other teams now, as they have completed five race weekends and that’s given them plenty of time to understand the complexity of the car, its handling characteristics and setup development. We elected not to contest the South African round, but we’ll be racing again at the next round in Portugal.”

A1 Team Pakistan Team Manager, Les Jones said: “This initial test was very productive and I’m very pleased with what we’ve achieved. Our test program with Adam was the focus for the three days. Adam and engineer John (Gentry) have quickly established a good working relationship, which is a very important aspect of any top motor racing team.

“The whole team worked very hard to pull the program together this week and their efforts were rewarded with excellent mechanical reliability.”

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