After failing to trouble the points-scorers in a disappointing feature outing in Sepang three weeks ago, Oliver Jarvis is determined to set the record straight this weekend, having annexed a front row starting spot during A1GP's inaugural visit to Zhuhai.

The recently-crowned Macau F3 Grand Prix winner had earlier put the British entry fifth on the grid for the shorter sprint race, having failed to get the best out of either the car or tyres in Q1. A big improvement in Q2 hoisted him up onto the inside of row three, whilst new rubber for the final session saw him take a full half second off his Q3 effort and seal second on the grid alongside championship leaders Switzerland for the feature.

"A fairly difficult Q1 meant we were on the back foot for Q2," the 23-year-old acknowledged, "but I pushed hard and managed to qualify fifth despite the car not being quite right. There are some passing opportunities on the track, so I will be doing my best to get a podium finish in the sprint race.

"We were much more confident going into Q3, and did a good job on old tyres which put us in a good spot. I managed to push a lot harder in Q4, getting a good lap out on new tyres to maintain our front row slot.

"The feature race is a long race - tyre degradation and brake wear could be a factor, but we're at the front and I'll be doing my best to make amends from a non-scoring feature race in Sepang last time out."

With such close times in qualifying - a single second covering the top 18 cars on the feature grid - Sunday's races look set to be equally as competitive, and the Zhuhai International Circuit does offer plenty of overtaking opportunities. A1 Team GBR is perfectly positioned to capitalise on this, as it looks to end the final round of 2007 with its second victory of the campaign and improve on the current sixth position it occupies in the nations' standings.

"Despite the slight challenges in the sprint race qualifying, Olly put in an extremely strong qualifying lap to start second for tomorrow's feature race," team principal Katie Clements affirmed. "The team is confident that our race pace will be competitive in both races, and we're aiming for two strong results to boost us up the championship table."

 

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