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DATE News (chronologically)
04/10/09
a1gp
New Zealand set early pace  A1GP
A1 Team New Zealand’s Earl Bamber got his weekend in the Algarve off to a good start, by topping the timesheets in the opening rookie session. Bamber lapped the new Autodromo Algarve circuit in 1m 34.147 seconds, as the track dried from morning rain.

France’s Nicolas Prost was second quickest, half a second behind with a similar margin back to Switzerland’s Alexandre Imperatori.

The major talking point of the session was that it was stopped for a lengthy period after a huge accident befalling Brazilian female Ana Beatriz.

She went straight on at the first turn, scrubbing off little speed before heading into the tires head first. The safety cell of the A1GP Powered by Ferrari car stood up well to the crash, and Beatriz was able to walk from the car unaided, without serious injury.

However, the rest of the car was badly damaged in the incident and the tire barriers took time to repair before the session could restart.

The session was then prematurely ended, after a spin to new USA rookie Robbie Pecorari.

With teams still exploring the limits of the circuit, the general expectation is that times are going to continue to tumble in this afternoon’s practice session.

Results

Pos

A1 Team/Driver Time Gap
1 New Zealand Earl Bamber 1'34.147 0.000
2 France Nicolas Prost 1'34.676 0.529
3 Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori 1'35.240 1.093
4 Germany André Lotterer 1'35.472 1.325
5 Netherlands Dennis Retera 1'36.730 2.583
6 Ireland Niall Quinn 1'37.561 3.414
7 USA Robbie Pecorari 1'37.955 3.808
8 Malaysia Aaron Lim 1'39.151 5.004
9 South Africa Cristiano Morgado 1'39.335 5.188
10 Lebanon Jimmy Auby 1'39.999 5.852
11 Indonesia Zahir Ali 1'40.007 5.860
12 Portugal Armando Parente 1'40.064 5.917
13 Brazil Ana Beatriz 1'40.334 6.187
14 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1'40.493 6.346
15 India Parthiva Sureshwaren 1'41.359 7.212
16 Monaco Hubertus Bahlsen 1'42.782 8.635
17 Great Britain Dan Clarke 1'47.549 13.402

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