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February 20, 2009
A1GP: Morad Quickest in Kyalami Practice

Daniel Morad posted the fastest time during Friday practice at Kyalami in South Africa (Photo: A1GP)
Daniel Morad posted the fastest time during Friday practice at Kyalami in South Africa
(Photo: A1GP)

The fifth event of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season got underway in Gauteng, South Africa on Friday (February 20), with A1 Team France setting the early pace in the rookie session, before A1 Team Lebanon’s Daniel Morad posted a 1:30.816 lap to end the day quickest overall in the hot Kyalami sunshine.

16 years after his father won in Kyalami, Nicolas Prost was the first to turn a wheel, kicking off the weekend’s action in Gauteng, South Africa. The 27 year-old was the first to go faster than the lap record set by Mauro Baldi in a Ferrari 3338 SP in 1998 and over three-seconds quicker than the time of 1:36.390 set by Nigel Mansell in an ‘old’ Formula 1 car in 1993.

The second car out on track was A1 Team Germany, getting its first running of the season, with Michael Ammermüller behind the wheel. It was however Prost who ended the rookie session quickest with a time of 1:33.149.

Reigning champion Switzerland was first out on track in the final practice of the day, but it was Lebanese-Canadian Morad who emerged quickest, recording a time 0.496s faster than anyone else in the final minutes of the session.

Local driver Adrian Zaugg ended the day sixth with a time of 1:31.881.

Five cars did not make it onto the Kyalami track for these two sessions due to a technical issue beyond the teams’ control. With Kyalami sitting 2000-feet above sea level, A1GP has had to introduce new parts to the cars’ fuel systems to combat the high altitude. Unfortunately, the additional parts were not available to be fitted in time to these five cars. Equivalent running time will be allocated to these teams tomorrow morning to maintain the level playing field.

A1 Team Pakistan will not be competing in Kyalami. The team’s entry to Season Four has been delayed so the first time its seat holder, Adam Khan, was able to drive its new Powered by Ferrari car was this week at a test at South Africa’s Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom. The team was happy with the test, but Khan will now concentrate on preparing for the remainder of Season Four, Season Five and his role with the ING Renault F1 team.

Also missing is A1 Team Korea which is being restructured. However the team has recently announced a new driver, Kyoung-Woo Lee, who is in Kyalami to see the series at close quarters. Once all the various parts of this restructuring are in place A1GP looks forward to welcoming the team back on track.

Some teams loved it and some teams hated it but the PowerBoost ‘joker’ has been reinstated for Saturday qualifying. The functionality of the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car allows for the PowerBoost button to be available for an entire lap of Qualifying, and teams will be allowed to use it for one of their four flying laps. The PowerBoost button gives an extra 60bhp on application, so the ability to use it throughout a lap is likely to make a significant difference to the car’s capability.

As in Taupo, the Sprint race in South Africa will have a standing and not a rolling start after a great deal of consideration was given to the change implemented in New Zealand. Both these changes will remain a feature for the remainder of Season Four.

A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
Round #9 - Rookie Practice Results
February 20, 2009
Kyalami - Gauteng, South Africa

Pos.NationDriverFast Time
1.FranceNicolas Prost1:33.149
2.New ZealandEarl Bamber1:33.576
3.GermanyMichael Ammermuller1:33.888
4.AustraliaAshley Walsh1:34.001
5.PortugalAntonio Felix Da Costa1:34.305
6.SwitzerlandAlexandre Imperatori1:34.579
7.South AfricaGavin Cronje1:34.615
8.NetherlandsDennis Retera1:34.642
9.MonacoHubertus Bahlsen1:38.434
10.MalaysiaAaron Lim1:40.531

A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
Round #9 - Practice Results
February 20, 2009
Kyalami - Gauteng, South Africa

Pos.NationDriverFast Time
1.LebanonDaniel Morad1:30.816
2.GermanyMichael Ammermuller1:31.312
3.IrelandAdam Carroll1:31.500
4.NrtherlandsJeroen Bleekemolen1:31.536
5.PortugalFilipe Albuquerque1:31.627
6.South AfricaAdrian Zaugg1:31.881
7.SwitzerlandNeel Jani1:31.889
8.AustraliaJohn Martin1:31.983
9.MonacoClivio Piccione1:32.035
10.New ZealandEarl Bamber1:32.039
11.FranceNicolas Prost1:32.326
12.MalaysiaFairuz Fauzy1:32.676
13.IndiaNarain Karthikeyan1:32.745
14.ItalyEdoardo Piscopo1:33.099
15.IndonesiaZahir Ali1:34.032
16.BrazilFelipe GuimaraesNo-time
17.ChinaHo-Pin Ting No-time
18.Great BritainDanny Watts No-time
19.MexicoSalvador Duran No-time
20.USAMarco Andretti No-time

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