Brands Hatch: Team Pakistan Friday notes
A1 Team Pakistan prepare for season finale A1 Team Pakistan was back on track today, for the first day of the A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain. Taking part in the final round of the 2007/08 season, Adam Khan was behind the wheel of the Pakistan ...
A1 Team Pakistan prepare for season finale
A1 Team Pakistan was back on track today, for the first day of the A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain. Taking part in the final round of the 2007/08 season, Adam Khan was behind the wheel of the Pakistan car, representing his nation alongside drivers from 21 other countries.
Having completed nine rounds in eight different countries since the season opener in the Netherlands last September, A1 Team Pakistan are keen to add to their points tally in Great Britain this weekend.
Taking part in the traditional pre-race PR event, Adam Khan participated in a different type of sport earlier this week - joining drivers from ten other nations at Kent County Cricket Club near central London for a quick game of the British sport. In wet and slippery conditions, the drivers and cricketers took to the pitch, with the professional cricketers choosing to bat first.
Having taken a short break while rain suspended play, the A1GP drivers took to the crease to bat, chasing Kent's score of 48 runs.
Great Britain's Robbie Kerr, captain of the A1GP squad, opened the batting for his team in the tricky conditions. Despite some enthusiastic fielding from the drivers' team and some skilful bowling from Pakistan's Adam Khan, the Kent side managed to beat the A1GP All Stars by one run. The final score was 48-47.
Returning to a more familiar sport this afternoon, Khan was back at the wheel of his A1GP machine to take part in practice for the UK round of the season. The Pakistan driver completed 32 laps around the twisting 4km long track to set the 19th fastest time of the afternoon.
Speaking about the team's practice session Khan said, "I think we made some good progress in the practice session today. As I'm unable to take part in the rookie session I took the opportunity to walk to the other side of the track with my driver coach Danny Watts and watch some of the other drivers. It's always useful to see what the others drivers are doing and who is quickest. In the practice session this afternoon we bedded in new brakes and I reacquainted myself with the circuit. We've gathered some very useful which will help us improve tomorrow and I'm confident that we'll see quite a big improvement in our times before the qualifying sessions."
Team Manager John Allen added, "It was a useful day today, Adam was getting to grips with the circuit and we gathered lots of good data. This is a very complex and technical circuit, and I think there are a couple of corners where we are losing some time, but we've identified what improvements need to be made and should be able to make up quite a bit of time tomorrow."
A1 Team Pakistan will then take part in one more practice session tomorrow morning, before the all important qualifying session at 14.15 local time.
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