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05/02/09
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Dramatic morning for Dutch  A1 Team Netherlands continued to set the pace in free practice at Brands Hatch, despite managing just five complete laps in Saturday morning practice.

Jeroen Bleekemolen set a superb lap of 1m 12.804 seconds, before spinning the Dutch car out at Druids hairpin.

“I was just pushing a little bit too hard,” Bleekemolen admitted. “I had some oversteer and I made a mistake. I was trying to find limits and the tires are getting older but I made a mistake. But I won’t get distracted by this. We should be strong for this afternoon.”

His lap was just 0.091 seconds quicker than a surprise second place holder – Satrio Hermanto of Indonesia.

Hermanto used his one practice PowerBoost lap to set the time, testing it ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying, where teams get to use one such lap in any of the four qualifying sessions.

USA’s good weekend continued with John Hildebrand setting the third fastest time, ahead of India’s Narain Karthikeyan and Monaco’s Clivio Piccione. Switzerland’s Neel Jani was the quickest of the championship challengers, right ahead of Portugal’s Filipe Albuquerque and Ireland’s Adam Carroll.

The session was curtailed by two big accidents - the first to Karthikeyan, and the second to Germany’s Michael Ammermuller, who crashed heavily on the exit of Stirlings.

Results

Pos

A1 Team Driver Time Gap Laps
1 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen   1'12.804 5
2 Indonesia Satrio Hermanto   1'12.895   0.091 20
3 USA J.R. Hildebrand   1'12.915   0.111 21
4 India Narain Karthikeyan   1'12.996   0.192 8
5 Monaco Clivio Piccione   1'13.039   0.235 13
6 Switzerland Neel Jani   1'13.191   0.387 21
7 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque   1'13.434   0.630 16
8 Ireland Adam Carroll   1'13.435   0.631 10
9 France Nicolas Prost   1'13.480   0.676 19
10 Lebanon Daniel Morad   1'13.579   0.775 17
11 Australia John Martin   1'13.683   0.879 21
12 New Zealand Earl Bamber   1'13.739   0.935 17
13 Mexico Salvador Durán   1'13.979   1.175 20
14 Brazil Felipe Guimarães   1'14.044   1.240 23
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi   1'14.052   1.248 18
16 Germany Michael Ammermüller   1'14.109   1.305 15
17 Great Britain Dan Clarke   1'14.227   1.423 18
18 China Cheng Cong Fu   1'14.449   1.645 18
19 South Africa Alan van der Merwe   1'14.524   1.720 22
20 Malaysia Aaron Lim   1'14.745   1.941 21

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