Matt Halliday admits he feels he has been left on the sidelines for too long after recording a front row starting position in the eighth round of A1 Grand Prix at Durban, the New Zealander's first outing in three months.

Having proved one of the surprise front runners in A1 GP's inaugural season, Halliday was looking to carry that form into this year but has been forced to watch team-mate Jonny Reid get the nod over him on several occasions after hitting a patch of form that has included seven podiums in eight races.

Nonetheless, Halliday returns to competition for the first time since the third round in Beijing at Durban as the team try to make use of his experience around the tricky street circuit. It is a gamble that has duly paid off after Halliday stormed to second place on the grid, even if he had been on provisional pole position going into the final qualifying segment.

Indeed, while Halliday accepts Reid's form was always going to make it hard for the team to welcome him back, he nonetheless claims his qualifying result is a taster of what he can achieve.

"It was tough to start A1GP this year having missed all the testing and just turning up at Zandvoort where I wasn't quite prepared enough. Jonny has done a good job, but I know what I can do and I didn't get the chance because he was doing a good job.

"I just needed to wait, but it was unfortunate as I didn't expect to wait for five rounds to get back into the car. I think this shows everyone I can do the job. It was frustrating to just miss the pole but we shall make sure we fight tomorrow."

 

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