Newly-crowned A1GP champion Germany notched up its sixth front row starting spot of the season at Brands Hatch today, as Nico H?lkenberg bids to sign off a dominant campaign in similarly spectacular style.

The result also means the German entry will have started all but one of the sprint races in 2006-07 from the front two rows of the grid. Much like the British team's pole position, however, it was not achieved without some heart-in-the-mouth moments.

An aborted second run when H?lkenberg went off-piste left Germany the black, yellow and red machine down in an aggregate fourth place going into the final segment. Despite another small mistake during his final effort, though, the laptime would prove enough to hoist the F3 Euroseries rookie up into second position - and perfectly poised to strike.

"It really was a fantastic feeling to drive around this sensational track with new tyres in qualifying," the 19-year-old enthused afterwards. "On the first run I managed a good solid lap on new tyres, then I aborted the second lap after I'd slid onto the grass on used tyres.

"The third attempt was good as the grip was increasing all the time. On the fourth run I inadvertently caught the shift-paddle again when I was braking on the bumps into turn eight and entered the corner in second instead of third gear. Sunday's race will be exciting from the front row, though, and I want to win again."

 

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