STEPHEN SIMPSON/Team South Africa pulled off a last second flying lap of 1:22.078 in the fourth and final A1GP qualifying session at Parque Fundidora in Monterrey Mexico to nail the first-ever pole position for his team.

All day Simpson has been swapping top spot with ALEXANDRE PREMAT/Team France and NEEL JANI/Team Switzerland, who will start Sunday's A1GP Sprint Race in second and third place, respectively. Simpson's sizzling time gave him the best aggregate time of the 22 drivers.

Simpson's time was 0.953 second ahead of runner-up Premat. And as they say so often. The crowd went wild - at least in the pits of Team South Africa.

Simpson said "I feel really good. The whole team has worked hard for this and I'm happy I was able to deliver the goods."

Young GRAHAM RAHAL/Team Lebanon didn't play the waiting game in the pits for the first of four short qualifying runs. While all the other drivers sat it out waiting for the dirty track to be cleaned up by traffic, Rahal went out. Rahal moved up the charts with each session, starting twenty-first fastest and twelfth fastest in the last session. Overall, he qualified sixteenth, the best starting position for Team Lebanon. And the team continues to be impressed with his

BRYAN HERTA/Team USA was much faster at the end of qualifying, with a personal best time of third set in the last session. Herta will start fifth, behind ENRICO TOCCACELO/Team Italy.

This weekend marks the A1 Swan Song for Jani, as he is moving up to Formula One as Friday driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso. His first official F1 track session is in two weeks in Bahrain.

Saturday's qualifying sets the grid for Sunday's A1GP Sprint race, which is up to 45 minutes in length. The results from that race set the grid for the A1 feature race, which is up to an hour long.

 

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