Nico Hulkenberg has set his sights on a fifth win in A1 Grand Prix after claiming his and Germany's second consecutive pole position in qualifying for the seventh round at Eastern Creek.

Tightening the grip on his A1 rivals, Hulkenberg waited until the third and fourth segments to challenge Super Nova counterparts New Zealand for pole position, making the most of the ever-improving track conditions to secure a two tenth buffer over Jonny Reid on aggregate.

Furthermore, Hulkenberg was the only driver of the weekend to dip below the 1min 18 seconds barrier to not only secure a second straight pole after Taupo, but also his seventh consecutive top five starting position.

Now Hulkenberg is eager to use his pole position to score a fifth win of the season and extend an increasingly comfortable championship lead. Nonetheless, the 18-year-old is refusing to get complacent, pointing out his three nearest rivals in the standings will be closest to him on the grid.

"I'm happy to be on the pole position once again. In the first attempt, I didn't go quite to the limit. I spoiled my second attempt on used tyres when I was a bit too ambitious and run wide onto the grass. In the third attempt, we managed to set the best lap time on new tyres.

"For the final run, I knew where the limits were. The track was getting faster and faster thanks to the rubber on the tarmac, so I managed to improve my time once again.

"On Sunday, the four leading teams of the championship will start from the first two rows so the fans can expect a lot of tension."



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