The A1 Grand Prix car broke the official lap record for the Dubai
Autodrome by five seconds when it was put through its paces during two
days of intense testing last week.
Test driver Robbie Kerr was at the wheel and covered 700 kilometres on
Wednesday and Thursday (26th and 27th January). I was very impressed
by the time I was able to set on what was a very dirty track. The car
just got quicker and quicker, and the engine is very crisp and clean.
We still have some fine tuning on the car, but there are very few
things that need changing. From the way it handles, I am certain we
should have some very close racing, he said.
Series founder, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum,
was delighted with the outcome of the test. We are dedicated to
producing a solid racing car, and the work completed over these two
days is ensuring we do this. The test in Dubai was part of an ongoing
schedule that means when we hand over the cars to the seat holders we
will have ironed out any technical gremlins. We have done about 5,000
kilometres in testing to date and will continue this program on behalf
of the seat holders, so when they take delivery of the cars they will
be the highest possible spec, he said.
The test was run under the watchful eye of Global Operations Manager,
John Wickham, and his comment was: At the beginning of the test we
started out on a dirty track with very little grip. We gradually
worked our way through a very comprehensive test program. On the final
afternoon we ran a race simulation with the car out on the track for
about an hour, during which Robbie made one pit stop. We received
excellent feedback from Robbie, and he was setting very consistent
The event was also an opportunity to raise money for the Tsunami
Relief Fund. Testing was open to members of the public, with the
ticket proceeds going to the charity. Spectators were able to view the
car on the track, as well as up close in the pit lane. I am delighted
that the people of Dubai have embraced A1 Grand Prix and turned out to
help us raise money for the Tsunami victims. We feel we have a social
and moral obligation to do this. I would also like to thank the
sponsors who helped make this event possible, IMGG (Ilyas and Mustafa
Galadari Group), Dubailand, The Media Factory and Dubai Autodrome,
said Sheikh Maktoum.
A1 Grand Prix
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