Joao Urbano believes he has finally given Team Portugal the lift it deserves, after registering his finest qualifying performance to-date in Taupo.

The 20-year-old will begin the feature outing in New Zealand from the third row of the grid, a real shot in the arm for a nation that has thus far struggled in A1GP's third campaign, with just two points notched up from the opening eight encounters leaving the squad down in 17th position in the championship standings.

Urbano qualified 14th for the shorter sprint race, but sixth spot for the 70-minute feature marks Portugal's highest starting position for 15 races.

"This finally puts a smile on everyone's faces," he enthused. "We made some changes in the car after the second qualifying and it car was much better. We improved it and the time came from that.

"Our goal is still to finish in the points tomorrow. From sixth, if things go well, we will try to get a top five [result]. That is the main goal, but it is always difficult here."



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