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Bleekemolen: Fauzy`s time easily within reach.

A1 Team Netherlands driver Jeroen Bleekemolen has declared himself more than happy following the second day of testing at Donington Park on Thursday.

Bleekemolen was quickest in the morning session in the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car and while he slipped to second in the afternoon, finishing the day four tenths behind Fairuz Fauzy of A1 Team Malaysia, he wasn't concerned.

Indeed despite missing out on some running time due to a leaking radiator, he reckons they can easily match the pace of Malaysia.

"We have had a very good day," said Bleekemolen. "In the morning we have been able to do a lot of running in the wet and we were fastest all the time. At the end of session 1 we also finished in P1.

"Unfortunately for us the afternoon started with a leaking radiator, causing us to lose quite a bit of track time. At 3.30 we were finally able to go out and within a few laps we were on P2, only 0.0001 seconds behind. So getting used to the car with dry conditions went really quick.

"We were able to try a lot of things though and in the end we set the fastest time on used tyres. With that we were in P2, not bad at all because the fastest, Malaysia only did one fast lap, with new tyres and the powerboost. So that time is easily within our reach.

"We did learn a lot about the car. The Ferrari is superb to drive on a dry track. Good brakes and downforce. At Zandvoort it will reach its full potential. I also tried the powerboost and this is a lot better than last year's. With the extra 60bhp you really accelerate. Working together with the new engineer really went well and I am leaving here with a good feeling!"

A1 Team Netherlands boss Jan Lammers meanwhile branded the day 'very productive'. "The team, with some new faces, was able to merge more and more today," he continued. "In the morning session we were quickest and in the afternoon we were second, just behind Malaysia.

"Also we were over one and a half seconds faster than the Superleage Formula who drove here a fortnight ago and they have over 100 bhp more.

"As far as our driver line-up is concerned we are still busy, but we are finalising on things and we will soon make some announcements. For the fans we are hoping that we can bring them more good news every week between now and the Zandvoort race."


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Jeroen Bleekemolen - A1 Team Netherlands. Donington test. Sept 2008 [Pic credit: A1GP Netherlands]
A1 Team Netherlands star Jeroen Bleekemolen at the annual Rizla Racing Day
A1 Team Netherlands star Jeroen Bleekemolen in action at the annual Rizla Racing Day
A1GP grid girls add a touch of glamour at Zandvoort in the Netherlands [pic credit: A1GP Media]
A1GP grid girls add a touch of glamour at Zandvoort in the Netherlands [pic credit: A1GP Media]
Jeroen Bleekemolen - A1 Team Netherlands [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos in action in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos on track in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos takes pole in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos during practice in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Jeroen Bleekemolen - A1 Team Netherlands [Pic credit: A1GP]
Jeroen Bleekemolen - A1 Team Netherlands [Pic credit: A1GP]
Jeroen Bleekemolen - A1 Team Netherlands [Pic credit: A1GP]
Denis Retera - A1 Team Netherlands [Pic credit: A1GP]
Denis Retera - A1 Team Netherlands [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos - A1 Team Netherlands [pic credit: A1GP Media]
Dennis Retera - A1 Team Netherlands [pic credit: A1GP Media]
Filipe Albuquerque - A1 Team Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]

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Jon Beale - Unregistered

September 13, 2008 5:31 PM

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