Ireland are chasing much needed points in the seventh round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship at Eastern Creek and with a qualifying position of ninth place, their objective has been made slightly easier to achieve.

Unfulfilled potential has been Ireland's buzzword since the beginning of the season, driver Richard Lyons in particular battling for points in Taupo before being struck by increasingly frequent mechanical niggles to leave Ireland towards the bottom of the standings with just a single point to their name.

Nonetheless, the addition of Gary Anderson to the team as chief engineer is undoubtedly beginning to have an effect on their performance, culminating on Lyons securing the team's second top ten starting position in a row.

An impressive performance following a pair of unspectacular results in practice, Lyons believes Ireland have finally found a solution to their problems and is now targeting a strong finish in both races.

"After the problems we had in practice this morning I think we did well to get back up into the top 10 as it gives us a reasonable chance of a decent result tomorrow. My third qualifying run was good but on the last run I lost the rear of the car slightly at Turn 2 and that cost me a bit.

"We have missed a small amount of time here and there which would make a big difference in terms of our overall position, so we just have to keep working to get everything right."



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