South Africa has claimed a third pole position in three attempts in the latest round of the A1 Grand Prix at Brno, Adrian Zaugg surviving a last minute effort by New Zealand to claim another top spot.

Looking to extend their early championship lead this weekend, Zandvoort winners South Africa have not been top of the timesheets all weekend, but the GP2 driver changed that when it mattered by going fastest in the first of the two qualifying segments.

Initially leading Switzerland and the Netherlands, it was New Zealand, with Johnny Reid at the wheel, who proved South Africa's biggest rival for the sprint race pole position when he managed a lap of 1min 45.077secs in the second segment, placing him provisionally first as the chequered flag dropped.

However, Zaugg was yet to complete his lap and when he crossed the line soon after with a time of 1min 44.859secs, there was no disputing who would lead the way in the first race of the weekend.

New Zealand is at least in a better position than they were at Zandvoort when they only managed two low top ten finishes, although Reid will have to fight off the attentions of Great Britain, this time with Robbie Kerr at the wheel, and Ireland, who have Adam Carroll making his debut this weekend.

The GP2 race winner improved immensely in the second session to leap up the order to fourth, although his cause was aided when Netherlands' Jeroen Bleekemolen spun his car out at turn 14 and failed to set a time to improve on his eventual fifth place.

Switzerland and Germany, with Neel Jani and Christian Vietoris at the wheel, will start sixth and seventh, while Joao Urbano and Portugal were an impressive eighth on the grid.

Brazil and France round out the top ten starting positions, with China, India and Pakistan both just missing out on a spot in the single figures in 11th, 12th and 13th.



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