Michael Ammerm?ller showed he is determined to make up for his Malaysian indiscretions by soaring to a comfortable pole position for the sprint race in China this weekend.

Despite demonstrating strong form in Sepang three weeks ago, the former GP2 ace was penalised from one of the races - costing defending champions Germany a rostrum finish - and excluded from the other for having made what was deemed to be avoidable contact with Robert Wickens and Erik Janis.

He bounced back in fine style on A1GP's inaugural visit to the Zhuhai International Circuit, by seeing off the challenge of practice pace-setter Adam Carroll to seize the top spot for Sunday's shorter sprint outing.

"We did a good job to get first place in qualifying," 21-year-old Ammerm?ller enthused of his maiden pole position in only his second competitive appearance in the series, "and it's a great result for the whole team. We were struggling a bit in free practice but then we got a really good car, and we were quite dominant in first qualifying."

Despite battling braking issues, Neel Jani eventually wound up second for current championship leaders Switzerland, after a superb last lap charge demoted Carroll back down to the second row of the grid, alongside local favourite CongFu Cheng. Oliver Jarvis in the British entry and the returning Tomas Enge for the Czech Republic completed the top six.

Sunday's sprint race will begin at 11am local time, with the 70-minute feature event due to get underway four hours later.

To see the sprint race qualifying times and positions in full, click here

 

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