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Fauzy tops times again at Donington.

The new era of A1GP racing continued at Donington Park on Thursday and unlike earlier this week teams enjoyed much drier conditions as they resumed running with the 600bhp Ferrari-built and powered machines.

A1 Team Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy was quickest again - as he was on Tuesday - topping the times with a 1 minute 17.474 second lap. In the process he beat the official lap record set by Ayrton Senna in the 1993 Grand Prix of Europe.

"It was great today," said the 25-year-old, who has competed in ten races for his nation with fifth in South Africa this year being his best result. "The team did a good job to get the car together with no problems.

"Today we did a lot of laps and the more we do, the more data we are collecting. To finish fastest today and beat the lap record is a real achievement but we still need to work hard."

Jeroen Bleekemolen was next up for A1 Team Neatherlands on a 1m 17.886s - around four tenths off P1.

"The level of downforce and brakes are a lot better than before. The power doesn't seem much greater but I think that is due to the fact we have a lot more downforce now," he noted. "I don't think the top speed will be a lot higher but lap times will be a lot faster because of both the downforce and brakes."

John Martin, who has been confirmed as the main driver for A1 Team Australia for the 2008/09 season, also put in a good performance and was third on a 1m 17.896s.

Martin impressed the squad last year during his 12 A1GP races, with his best finish being a popular fifth place on home soil at Eastern Creek.

"It feels really good to be back and I'm glad I impressed them enough last year," he stated. "I like the new car so it should be a really good season."

Chris van der Drift, who competed in and was quickest in the rookie session at the Season Three finale at Brands Hatch, took to the track for A1 Team New Zealand and was fourth, followed by Adrian Zauug, who was representing A1 Team South Africa.



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Fairuz Fauzy - A1 Team Malaysia. Donington test. Sept 2008 [Pic credit: A1GP Malaysia]
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