Kiwi Jonny Reid sets the pace in Mexico City, lapping Black Beauty fastest.
March 24, 2007, 12.20pm. New Zealander Jonny Reid has set the fastest lap of the day in practice for this weekend’s A1GP race meeting in Mexico City.
Reid set the time in Black Beauty in the closing minutes of practice session two.
“We just went out casually going through our normal programme making sure everything was right for the race,” he said.
“Then we got on with the job and realised the car was not quite on the pace. We just tuned in and sorted the problem and got (fastest time).
“We were pretty pleased.”
Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is a challenging track and only A1 Team Brazil's Bruno Junqueira has raced there before.
Reid said the track “is very challenging, especially in the final turn as there’s no margin for error. You have to compromise entry speed and exit speed in the final turn (which) is a lot like the Parabolica at Monza, and that is a similar corner which I have driven before so I enjoy that.
“Also I think the S complex is very challenging with the high kerbs, as it is all about where you place the car. The bumps are another challenge, so it is all about positioning the car and getting the power down and putting a lap together.”
A1 Team Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis was fastest in the first session, in only his second full weekend of driving in A1GP.
“This was my first time at the circuit and also only the second time I’ll be doing the whole weekend so I’m looking forward to that. It’ a fantastic track – one of those circuits where you have got to get into the groove.
“It’s quite a bumpy circuit and that does add another challenge. I won’t say you can miss the bumps, but there are some better lines you can take through them to keep the car a little bit better settled.”