Williams F1 test driver Narain Karthikeyan dominated the final morning of testing for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Silverstone as Team India led the way in the final pre-season testing action before the opening rounds of the campaign at Zandvoort.

Kathikeyan, who had limited track time at the first official test due to illness, clocked a sensational time of 47.809secs to break the lap record for an A1GP car around the National circuit by three tenths of a second. The previous record was held by A1 Team New Zealand driver Jonny Reid, who set the time on the first day of the test.

Kathikeyan's lap time put him fastest overall at the end of the one and half day test session to boost confidence within the team heading into the season opener.

"We did the majority of our work yesterday and a little bit this morning - we kept improving the car a lot and I think we're going in the right direction," he said. "I'm looking forward to the season-opener at Zandvoort - I believe we have a decent car and a good package and we will be front runners that's for sure."

Reid, who set the fastest lap on the first day of the test for A1 Team New Zealand, was once again on strong form on day two. He set a best lap of 47.901secs and was pleased with the team's progress ahead of the start of the new season.

"It was good," he said. "It was better than yesterday because the track was faster today with the wind and the temperature but it was also a rather challenging session. On my new tyre run there was a car spun but I was on my first flying lap and I didn't actually get to complete a second.

"It's such a short lap here so the tyres don't really come back quick enough - I think we definitely had it all there to go P1 but a bit of luck didn't fall our way. We're happy with this though and it gives us quiet confidence heading into Zandvoort."

Hot on the heels of Reid was A1 Team Switzerland's Neel Jani, who finished the session third fastest with a best lap of 47.932secs and covered an impressive 89 laps.

"Today was the first time I really worked with my new engineer and we progressed well and tried a lot of things and in the end we got a decent lap time," he said. "We have done some very good preparation for Zandvoort which was our main target for this test so I think we're in pretty good shape and I'm looking forward to it.'"

Christian Vietoris was fourth fastest for reigning champion A1 Team Germany. The 18-year-old had set the pace at last month's official test, but was content with completing expiatory set-up work yesterday before he set his quickest time on new tyres.

A1 Team Malaysia's Alex Yoong improved setting the fifth quickest time after finishing 14th on day. The 31-year-old was pleased with his and the team's performance on a new-tyre run.

Less then a tenth of a second separated the next five runners with Brazil beating South Africa, Great Britain, China, Italy and Ireland.

All but Netherlands and France set their quickest times on the final half day.

 

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