A1 Team Netherlands was left chasing the ideal set-up at Eastern Creek after a solid performance in the three practice sessions ahead of the seventh round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Eastern Creek.

Rookie driver Renger van der Zande had his first taste of the Australian circuit during the two rookie sessions, which were held in wet and drying conditions at the challenging circuit near Syndey.

In the first half of the session, which was held in the wet, van der Zande set the thirteenth fastest time and with the second 25 minutes run on a fast drying track, van der Zande was able to improve his best time to finish third fastest amongst the rookie brigade.

"It went well I think," he admitted. "In the rain we could improve our set-up. At first this did not show in the first half. We were there in the beginning, but I went in quite early and after that others managed to improve quite a bit. For the second segment we made some good changes. In the very last lap I managed to set my fastest time, the track more dry and faster and faster, I had no traffic or yellow flags. So, our improvement showed in the end, though a bit last minute."

With a dry track for the third and final session, Jeroen Bleekemolen headed out for his debut on the circuit - finishing the one hour session with the eighth fastest time.

"The first run went reasonably well, of course I did not know the track and we were in eighth straight away, which isn't too bad," he said afterwards. "Everyone in front of me has driven here at least once. We do need to get much more from the car though, because after that we could not do decent times. We really will have to work, otherwise we will fall behind.

"The track is nice, there is a lot of elevation and you are kept busy all the time. There is almost no time to ease off a bit, although the straight is quite long, the rest is hard work. I think that overtaking might be more difficult here. The first corner is by far the fastest we have had in A1 so far. I did not take if flat yet, but it will surely be flat in qualifying and maybe also in the races. It is a challenging turn."

 

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