A1GP GB top Friday in Sepang

Great Britain Top Friday Practice In Malaysia

Sepang, Malaysia Round three of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport got underway at the Sepang International Circuit this morning with Frances Nicolas Prost starting the day as the quickest rookie and Great Britains Danny Watts ending the day quickest overall in Malaysia.

A1 Team France got off to a flying start in the rookie session with Nicolas Prost topping the timesheets right at the end of the session. His time of 1-minute 50.679s was nearly half a second quicker than anyone else.

Great Britains Danny Watts was second quickest, ahead of Earl Bamber on his return for New Zealand. Indias Armaan Ebrahim was fourth, just beating home nation Malaysia, who had Aaron Lim behind the wheel to start the day.

Chengdu was mostly about bumps rather than turns but this track is really amazing, said Prost. I was really looking forward to coming here because it's one of the nicest tracks in the world, and I think it was the first time we could get the real potential out the car, especially in the quick corners. Turns 5 and 6, the quick left and right, in particular were pretty good.

In hot and humid conditions, Great Britain topped the timesheets in the afternoons official practice session. Watts time of 1m 50.038s set on his second flying lap couldnt be bettered during the hour practice.

Due to a gearbox problem, A1 Team Switzerland didnt make it out on track during this mornings session, but the lack of track time didnt hinder Neel Jani. Last season, Jani had the perfect weekend claiming both pole positions and converting them into wins, so it was no surprise that after doing only nine laps today, he clocked a time of 1m 50.110s, just 0.072 adrift of Watts.

A1 Team Indias Narain Karthikeyans time of 1m 50.187s in the final minutes of the session was, just 0.149s from pole while Loc Duval took over the wheel of the French car to finish the day fourth-quickest.

With the extra running I got this morning I was always going to be there or there abouts, said Watts. I think looking at the times, the top ten are very close and there's hardly anything in it. It will be the same story tomorrow so it will be very tight at the top.

Home nation Malaysia ended the day tenth. Fairuz Fauzy said: There is a bit of pressure, but its good pressure. The last lap was a good run. We managed to do a bit of work on the car, as at the beginning of the session I was struggling with grip, especially on low speed corners. I was struggling to get the front to turn in and I got massive under steer. I was a second off the pace to begin with but during the session we did change the car and the last lap was a good one only six tenths off the fastest.

Official Practice Session 1 Rookie drivers and developing nations only Part 1

POS/ A1 TEAM/  DRIVER/  TIME/  GAP FIRST/  LAPS1 GREAT BRITAIN  Danny WATTS 01:51.096 - 112 FRANCE  Nicolas PROST 01:51.764 0.668 103 INDIA  Armaan EBRAHIM 01:52.739 1.643 144 NEW ZEALAND  Earl BAMBER 01:52.933 1.837 95 NETHERLANDS  Dennis RETERA 01:53.221 2.125 86 USA  John R. HILDEBRAND JR. 01:53.423 2.327 107 MALAYSIA  Aaron LIM 01:53.589 2.493 118 IRELAND  Niall QUINN 01:53.676 2.58 79 BRAZIL  Felipe GUIMARAES 01:54.126 3.03 710 PORTUGAL  Armando PARENTE 01:54.236 3.14 1111 ITALY  Stefano COLETTI 01:54.921 3.825 812 SOUTH AFRICA  Gavin CRONJE 01:55.043 3.947 1013 AUSTRALIA  Ashley WALSH 01:55.400 4.304 214 INDONESIA  Zahir ALI 01:56.058 4.962 915 LEBANON  Daniel MORAD 02:00.672 9.576 316 KOREA  Jin Woo HWANG 117 SWITZERLAND  Alexandre IMPERATORI 0

Official Practice Session 1 Rookie drivers and developing nations only Part 2

POS  A1 TEAM/  DRIVER/  TIME/  GAP FIRST/  LAPS1 FRANCE  Nicolas PROST 01:50.679 - 132 NEW ZEALAND  Earl BAMBER 01:51.240 0.561 113 GREAT BRITAIN  Danny WATTS 01:51.319 0.64 124 MALAYSIA  Aaron LI 01:51.815 1.136 135 ITALY  Stefano COLETTI 01:51.839 1.16 146 LEBANON  Daniel MORAD 01:52.008 1.329 107 INDIA  Armaan EBRAHIM 01:52.205 1.526 88 USA  John R. HILDEBRAND JR. 01:52.325 1.646 129 NETHERLANDS  Dennis RETERA 01:52.603 1.924 1110 SOUTH AFRICA  Gavin CRONJE 01:52.747 2.068 1311 PORTUGAL  Armando PARENTE 01:53.272 2.593 912 AUSTRALIA  Ashley WALSH 01:53.277 2.598 1113 KOREA  Jin Woo HWANG 01:54.49  3.82 1114 INDONESIA  Zahir ALI 01:54.903 4.224 1015 BRAZIL  Felipe GUIMARAES 02:14.510 23.831 216 IRELAND  Niall QUINN 017 SWITZERLAND  Alexandre IMPERATORI  0

Official Practice session 2

1 GREAT BRITAIN  Danny WATTS 2 01:50.03 - 132 SWITZERLAND  Neel JANI 8 01:50.110 0.072 93 INDIA  Narain KARTHIKEYAN 12 01:50.187 0.149 144 FRANCE  Loic DUVAL 10 01:50.277 0.239 155 NETHERLANDS  Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN 9 01:50.363 0.325 166 PORTUGAL  Filipe ALBUQUERQUE 19 01:50.404 0.366 207 IRELAND  Adam CARROLL 16 01:50.559 0.521 168 NEW ZEALAND  Earl BAMBER 10 01:50.583 0.545 179 MONACO  Clivio PICCIONE 20 01:50.61 0.58 2110 MALAYSIA  Fairuz FAUZY 22 01:50.620 0.582 2211 LEBANON  Daniel MORAD 3 01:50.962 0.924 1512 CHINA  Ho Pin TUNG 16 01:51.291 1.253 2213 USA  Marco ANDRETTI 17 01:51.358 1.32 1814 SOUTH AFRICA  Adrian ZAUGG 14 01:51.439 1.401 2115 BRAZIL  Felipe GUIMARAES 3 01:51.520 1.482 1416 AUSTRALIA  John MARTIN 14 01:51.642 1.604 1917 MEXICO  David GARZA 9 01:51.775 1.737 1918 ITALY  Edoardo PISCOPO 14 01:51.954 1.916 1419 INDONESIA  Satrio HERMANTO 15 01:52.406 2.368 21