Jonny Reid was left to blame an error on his fourth and final run in qualifying for the seventh round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship at Eastern Creek as the reason why he was not able to hold Germany off for pole position.

Extending the good form he has shown since Sentul, Reid was always expected to challenge for pole position having set the pace in practice, the Japanese Formula Three driver duly setting about proving the point early on in qualifying when he topped the first segment and retained provisional pole position up until the final session.

However, he was powerless to stop Nico Hulkenberg's charge, the teenager proving the only driver to dip below 1min 18seconds all weekend to end the session a comfortable two tenths up on Reid.

Indeed, while Reid was pleased to claim his fifth front row starting position of the season, he admits he did not quite get the most from his car when it mattered.

"It is great to be on the front row as a team, but I am a little bit disappointed that I didn't get the top spot. Being a race driver you are competitive and that is what you aim to achieve. Nico drove well and I made a small mistake and that is the way it is.

"I was behind South Africa on the last run, so my error was there and the car stepped out slightly. That is just the way it goes and you have to take the good with the bad. I shall be fighting to win tomorrow."



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