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    The 1st round will be in Brands hatch, the same Sunday of the Brazillian F1 GP.

    I think our Team Aus' driver is Will Davison. (former AMSF backed driver and Minardi test driver) and currenly driving in British Formula3 championship.

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    The Aus Team (unlike other teams) hasn't got a website yet, so there is still speculation over team members and drivers, but with only a few weeks to go till round one I guess we will find out soon enough.

    Who is excited about the A1 GP series?
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    I thought that Alan Jones was the frachisee and that his son Christian was to be the driver. This scenario put me off the concept a little because nepotism was the winner. If Davison drives then at least talent gets a chance.
    I'm open-minded, but hopeful it will provide entertaining racing in the off season of F1. If it fosters talent, then it could be an excellent breeding ground for up and coming F1 drivers.
    PS what is the local tv coverage going to be, do you know?
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    here are the lap times at a test recently (may have been at Paul Ricard)

    Fastest lap times - Wednesday 24 August 2005
    1 USA 1.24.559 - SCOTT SPEED
    2 BRAZIL 1.24.973 - NELSON PIQUET JR
    3 FRANCE 1.25.095 - NICOLAS LAPIERE
    4 GRAT BRITAIN 1.25.281 - ROBBIE KERR
    5 MEXICO 1.25.296 - SALVADOR DURAN
    6 PORTUGAL 1.25.377 - ALVARO PARENTE
    7 NEW ZEALAND 1.25.536 - JONNY REID
    8 IRELAND 1.25.687 - RALPH FIRMAN
    9 AUSTRALIA 1.25.692 - WILL DAVISON
    10 MALAYSIA 1.25.717 - ALEX YOONG
    11 NETHERLANDS 1.25.751 - JOS VERSTAPPEN
    12 PAKISTAN 1.26.139 - ADAM KHAN
    13 SWITZERLAND 1.26.147 - ROMAIN GROSJEAN
    14 SOUTH AFRICA 1.26.177 - THOMAS SCHECKTER
    15 GERMANY 1.26.440 - TIMO SCHEIDER
    16 LEBANON 1.26.477 - BASIL SHAABAN
    17 INDIA 1.27.978 - KARUN CHANDOK
    18 INDONESIA 1.28.430 - ANANDA MIKOLA
    19 CHINA 1.29.377 - TENG JIANG
    20 RUSSIA 1.32.760 - NIKOLAY FOMENKO

    As you can see Will Davidson for Team Aus recorded 9th fastest lap.
    but the top 10 are all within a second of each other.

    I hope he does end up being the Driver for Australia, it would be exciting.

    interesting to see he was quicker then Alex Yoong and Jos Verstappen (both ex-FormulaOne drivers)
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    Does anybody know if or when it will be televised, I am looking forward to it. There was a practice session last week with all the countries. Will D was mid field, with USA clearly the team to beat.
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    Yoong faster than Verstappen? Very strange.

    I'm still sceptical about the series.
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    Here are some more laptimes from recent testing.

    Apparently there are 4 drivers for Team Australia at the moment, but this will become just 2 drivers when the series begins.

    Will Power
    Will Davison
    Alan Jones's Son
    and a 4th driver

    Hopefully Will Power will be our main driver. He should do very well


    24/25/26 August - Fastest times overall

    1 USA 1.24.177 SCOTT SPEED
    2 FRANCE 1.24.392 ALEX PREMAT
    3 IRELAND 1.24.561 RALPH FIRMAN
    4 BRAZIL 1.24.574 NELSON PIQUET JR
    5 NEW ZEALAND 1.24.590 JONNY REID
    6 SWITZERLAND 1.24.617 NEEL JANI
    7 NETHERLANDS 1.24.646 JOS VERSTAPPEN
    8 PORTUGAL 1.24.738 ALVARO PARENTE
    9 MALAYSIA 1.24.987 FAIRUZ FAUZY
    10 LEBANON 1.25.012 KALIL BESCHIR
    11 GREAT BRITAIN 1.25.104 ROBBIE KERR
    12 GERMANY 1.25.211 TIMO SCHEIDER
    13 MEXICO 1.25.296 SALVADOR DURAN
    14 AUSTRALIA 1.25.312 WILL POWER
    15 PAKISTAN 1.25.374 ADAM KHAN
    16 SOUTH AFRICA 1.25.509 STEPHEN SIMPSON
    17 INDONESIA 1.26.291 ANANDA MIKOLA
    18 INDIA 1.26.579 KARUN CHANDHOK
    19 RUSSIA 1.26.805 ROMAN RUSINOV
    20 CHINA 1.27.113 TENG YI JIANG

    Fastest lap times - Friday 26 August 2005

    1 IRELAND 1.24.561 RALPH FIRMAN
    2 SWITZERLAND 1.24.617 NEEL JANI
    3 NETHERLANDS 1.24.646 JOS VERSTAPPEN
    4 NEW ZEALAND 1.24.800 MATT HALLIDAY
    5 FRANCE 1.25.012 NICOLAS LAPIERRE
    6 PORTUGAL 1.25.067- ALVARO PARENTE
    7 AUSTRALIA 1.25 312. WILL POWER
    8 BRAZIL 1.25.378 NELSON PIQUET JR
    9 PAKISTAN 1.25.472 ADAM KHAN
    10 SOUTH AFRICA 1.25.509 STEPHEN SIMPSON
    11 MALAYSIA 1.25.620 FAIRUZ FAUZY
    12 MEXICO 1.25.626 SALVADOR DURAN
    13 GREAT BRITAIN 1.26.268. ALEX LLOYD
    14 INDONESIA 1.26.291 ANANDA MIKOLA
    15 USA 1.26.424 COLIN FLEMING
    16 LEBANON 1.26.496 BASIL SHAABAN
    17 INDIA 1.26.579 KARUN CHANDHOK
    18 RUSSIA 1.26.805 ROMAN RUSINOV
    19 CHINA 1.27.113 TENG YI JIANG
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    I'm looking forward to this - My normal lull in watching car's go round and round on TV will not happen this year

    I hope that Christian Jones doesnt get the drive. Otherwise it looks like he's only got it because his old man's running the team. From the testing times I saw when he was driving he wasnt that fast either!
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    I like the concept so I hope it works out.

    I remember years ago, it would have been in about 1996, Bernie Ecclestone had an idea to make F1 an Olympic sport with each country supplying a car and driver - which is what A1 is addressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gti138
    I hope that Christian Jones doesnt get the drive. Otherwise it looks like he's only got it because his old man's running the team. From the testing times I saw when he was driving he wasnt that fast either!
    yeah Will Power seems to be quicker then Will Davison, and both 'Wills' are much quicker then Christian Jones.

    Hopefully both Wills will be the drivers
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    Quote Originally Posted by n b j
    yeah Will Power seems to be quicker then Will Davison, and both 'Wills' are much quicker then Christian Jones.

    Hopefully both Wills will be the drivers
    I think that they both deserve a break in international motorsport. As they havent had much luck (or the budget) in the past this series may be the springboard to something better!
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