Michael Ammerm?ller is confident of a brace of strong results to get Germany's season back on-track in Zhuhai this weekend - and aiming to convert pole position into victory in the sprint race.

The 21-year-old lapped two tenths of a second quicker than feature race pole-sitter Neel Jani to seize the top spot for the sprint outing - and Willi Weber's outfit's fourth outright A1GP pole. It is the squad's highest starting spot of the 2007/08 campaign to-date, and an incontrovertible shot in the arm for the defending champions, who currently find themselves languishing down in a distant eighth position in the nations' standings.

It was a particularly sweet result for Ammerm?ller himself, who entered the Chinese meeting - A1GP's maiden visit to the Zhuhai International Circuit - having twice been penalised for reckless driving last time out in Malaysia, and consequently under something of a cloud. If he was under pressure, however, it certainly did not show, as he was on the leading pace right from the off.

"It's good to start the sprint race from pole position," the GP2 refugee acknowledged. "Already the first outing went well. When I came back into the pits, we slightly changed something on the car. The DS Motorsport mechanics did a great job, and we improved our lap time considerably in the second session and claimed first place.

"For both segments we used new tyres. On old tyres I finished first again in the third session. For the last attempt, the team bolted on a set of fresh rubber. I pushed too hard, however, so my corner exits were too slow and that's why we ended up fifth on the grid for the feature race.

"I believe the most important thing, though, is to start the sprint race from pole position during the rolling start. By contrast, the standing start in the feature race as well as the pit-stops might open good opportunities to overtake."

 

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