Christian Vietoris confirmed Germany's status as one of the hot pre-season A1GP favorites by sealing a front row starting slot for Sunday's feature race in Holland, backing it up with sixth spot for the shorter sprint.

With a new qualifying format for 2007/08, German F3 regular Vietoris will be making only the second start of his A1GP career following a highly impressive debut in Mexico back in March, when he also began from the front row of the grid. Having been given the nod to compete for his country on a full-time basis this season, the 18-year-old clearly does not intend to waste his opportunity.

Despite having to abort what was potentially his quickest lap during Q1 due to a red flag, Vietoris managed to set the fourth-quickest time in Q2 to haul himself back up the order to sixth on the sprint race grid. A consistent top three runner throughout the two feature race qualifying sessions, the man from G?nnersdorf then went even better to clinch second place - and with it Germany's best-ever starting position in Zandvoort, the circuit that kick-started their title charge twelve months ago.

"The sprint qualifying was extremely tough," Vietoris confirmed, "because the interruption caused the tyres to cool off and lose a lot of grip. We also had to combat vibration in the brakes. That's why we swapped all of the discs and brake pads after the second session, which was time-consuming.

"Hats off to the David Sears Motorsport team for the great job they did. Thanks to their efforts, I was able to start the next session. Everything then ran much smoother, which you can see from the results. I'm really happy about starting in row one for the feature race - that's a nice foundation for the weekend."



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