An 'ecstatic' Robert Wickens has victory in his sights after producing a sublime performance to seal Canada's first-ever back-to-back front row starting positions in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend in Durban.

The rookie ace - who has enjoyed an increasingly impressive season behind the wheel of the maple leaf entry, propelling Canada up into the top ten in the title standings on the back of a trio of podium finishes - proved peerless in the hot conditions, and despite having only one lap to make an impression in Q2, he remained cool and composed even amidst myriad spins and red flags. In so doing, he also became the nation vs nation series' youngest-ever pole-sitter.

"We almost had the perfect qualifying session," enthused the 18-year-old Toronto native, no stranger to street courses from his North American racing experience. "We got caught out in Q1 with the red flag which wasted a set of tyres, but I think we have a good car for tomorrow and we have an extremely good shot at winning the sprint and feature races.

"It's good to be clear for the first corner - there should be no-one I can run into from pole! I think the field's pretty responsible though; everyone knows how tight it is here.

"Overall I'm ecstatic with today's result. We've had our ups and downs, but to get Canada's first-ever pole position considering where we came from yesterday is a big deal!"

'Where we came from yesterday' refers to an electrical problem suffered by compatriot and the squad's rookie driver Daniel Morad in Friday practice, which restricted Wickens to just four laps around the challenging street circuit on the opening day. The fact he had never so much as laid eyes on the track before only serves to make his accomplishment all-the-more extraordinary.

"Robert did an amazing job today!" added team manager Simon Cayzer. "His ability to act calm under all sorts of different pressures is amazing. It was an incredible session, and to score Canada's first pole is fantastic.

"This was a brand new team at the start of the season, but we've kept chipping away. We're in a really good position for tomorrow's races, and hopefully we can win!"

 

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