Jonny Reid has targeted New Zealand's first win in A1 Grand Prix after claiming the nation's second pole position of the year in the fifth round of the championship at Sentul, Indonesia.

Matching the pole position he managed in Brno, Reid's achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that he did not compete for the team at Sentul last season and barely featured throughout the practice session.

Nonetheless, Reid belied his lack of circuit knowledge to prove in contention for pole position through the four sessions going into the final segment in third overall. However, Reid's final lap would also prove the fastest time of the session, an effort that would ultimately be good enough for overall pole position when aggregate times were taken into account.

"It's quite hard work in today's qualifying due to the weather conditions, but I'm glad to be on the pole position, and looking forward to the race," he said

Still, Reid remains wary of the challenges he faces in the race, particularly in light of his previous attempt in the Czech Republic where he collided with Germany's Niko Hulkenberg off the line and failed to finish.

However, while Reid was again not very complementary of his Super Nova compatriot after another clash in Malaysia, he insists the problems with Hulkenberg are behind him and that he can be confident for the race.

"It was an unfortunate situation, I think we both have misjudged the circuit corner but we have been moving on and will focusing on winning the race tomorrow."

A1 Team New Zealand Bob McMurray also lauded Reid, particularly after he could only manage 16th fastest in practice when Chris van der Drift crashed in the rookie sessions, leaving the team with minimal data.

"Jonny didn't fret about his situation yesterday, took his time to learn the track and then achieved what he said he would do in focusing hard and qualifying well," McMurray said.

"From 16th in the first practice to 7th in the second hit-out today and now to qualify on pole, that's an incredible effort. He should feel proud that he's come back from so far behind to lead the pack.

"We couldn't be happier. Now we just have to focus on translating that car speed into points so we can continue to climb up the championship table."

 

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