A1GP: Juggernaut Jani scores double pole

By Andy Darley

CalendarSaturday, November 24th, 2007

 
 

Swiss driver Neel Jani destroyed the opposition to score a double pole for A1GP’s Malaysian races, while Britain’s Oliver Jarvis managed a solid second and third.

Jarvis, fresh from his win in the F3 Macau Grand Prix, had been fastest in Friday practice but Jani, who impressed Brits on Pole’s writing team at the A1GP Silverstone test in August, was clearly the class of the field during qualification itself.

Jani, whose Champ Car season for PKV Racing was somewhat underwhelming, has form for his country at Sepang where the circuit suits his driving style – last season he took a win and a fourth place.

This year he was an unruffled fastest by a couple of tenths during qualifying for the sprint race, set a time good enough for pole early on in the feature race qualifying, then topped it with a last lap that destroyed the rest of field by almost a second.

“The car was perfect – we kept improving it, but even for me the last lap was a surprise,” he said. “I was trying to take it easy, so maybe that’s the secret to going faster!”

Oliver Jarvis – though overshadowed by Jani – could make a claim to be ‘best of the rest’, having taken second in the feature qualifying and third in the sprint.

Earlier, during Friday’s free practice, he had made the most of his final week classified as a rookie by dominating all three sessions.

He said then: “It was fairly fantastic. But tomorrow (Saturday) is when it really counts and the guys will sit down tonight and analyse the data. Hopefully we will come back even stronger.

“I would have liked a bit more pace early on in the session with the new tyres but I’m very happy with the lap time set at the end despite the age of the tyres.”

Driving for Ireland, Adam Carroll qualified 13th for the sprint and seventh for the feature race.

Sprint qualifying

Pos Driver Team Time  
1 Neel Jani Switzerland 1:49.003  
2 Loic Duval France 1:49.072 + 0.069
3 Oliver Jarvis Great Britain 1:50.677 + 1.674
4 M. Ammermuller Germany 1:49.976 + 0.973
5 Robert Wickens Canada 1:50.560 + 1.557
6 Jonny Reid New Zealand 1:50.677 + 1.674
7 Sergio Jimenez Brazil 1:50.326 + 1.323
8 Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1:50.362 + 1.359
9 Cheng Cong Fu China 1:50.601 + 1.598
10 J. Bleekemolen Netherlands 1:49.874 + 0.871
11 J. Summerton USA 1:52.872 + 3.869
12 Ian Dyk Australia 1:51.732 + 2.729
13 Adam Carroll Ireland 2:06.063 +17.060
14 N. Karthikeyan India 1:50.700 + 1.697
15 João Urbano Portugal 1:51.452 + 2.449
16 M. Jourdain Mexico 1:52.834 + 3.831
17 Erik Janis Czech Republic 1:52.597 + 3.594
18 Enrico Toccacelo Italy 1:51.239 + 2.236
19 Alex Yoong Malaysia 1:52.415 + 3.412
20 Chris Alajajian Lebanon 1:50.871 + 1.868
21 Satrio Hermanto Indonesia 1:52.614 + 3.611
22 Adam Khan Pakistan 2:28.584 +39.581

Feature qualifying

Pos Driver Team Time  
1 Neel Jani Switzerland 1:48.425  
2 Oliver Jarvis Great Britain 1:49.324 + 0.899
3 M. Ammermuller Germany 1:49.293 + 0.868
4 Loic Duval France 1:48.807 + 0.382
5 J. Bleekemolen Netherlands 1:49.694 + 1.269
6 Sergio Jimenez Brazil 1:50.000 + 1.575
7 Adam Carroll Ireland 1:49.248 + 0.823
8 Cheng Cong Fu China 1:49.644 + 1.219
9 Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1:49.637 + 1.212
10 Jonny Reid New Zealand 1:49.600 + 1.175
11 N. Karthikeyan India 1:49.797 + 1.372
12 Robert Wickens Canada 1:49.642 + 1.217
13 J. Summerton USA 1:49.818 + 1.393
14 Ian Dyk Australia 1:50.912 + 2.487
15 Alex Yoong Malaysia 1:50.102 + 1.677
16 Erik Janis Czech Republic 1:50.020 + 1.595
17 João Urbano Portugal 1:50.163 + 1.738
18 Chris Alajajian Lebanon 1:50.178 + 1.753
19 Enrico Toccacelo Italy 1:50.408 + 1.983
20 Satrio Hermanto Indonesia 1:51.335 + 2.910
21 M. Jourdain Mexico 1:50.869 + 2.444
22 Adam Khan Pakistan 1:51.670 + 3.245

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