Adrian Zaugg set the fastest lap on new tyres during the second 15-minute qualifying segment to take pole position for the Sprint race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez in Mexico City on Saturday.

It is the 22-year-old's fourth pole position of the season and his marker - a 1 minute 20.315 seconds puts South Africa in a good position ahead the opening race of the eighth round in the 2007-2008 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

"The new tyres actually make things a lot easier for you - the car is a lot more stable and a lot easier to drive over the bumps. It wasn't actually very difficult to get a good time," he reflected.

"The times are very close so each and every little error will cost you a position. We tried to aim to go out late because usually the track is at its best at the end of the session."

New Zealand's Jonny Reid, who topped the time sheets in Q1, meanwhile will line up alongside South Africa on the front row in second position, just 0.082 seconds slower, on a 1m 20.397s.

USA's Jonathan Summerton was also on fine form, leaping up the order in Q2 to qualify third. The 19-year-old American will be joined on the second row by current title leader Neel Jani, who qualified the Swiss car in fourth place.

GBR's Oliver Jarvis and Canada's Robert Wickens will start the Sprint race from fifth and sixth places, while Ireland's Adam Carroll and Brazil's Bruno Junqueira will line up behind them on the fourth row of the grid in seventh and eighth places respectively.

Mexico's David Garza will start the Sprint race from a disappointing 21st position after a frustrating qualifying session for his home event, while France's Jonathan Cochet, currently lying second in the championship and in need of a decent points haul this weekend, will also start near the back in 16th.

"I'm bitterly disappointed. It was all looking great this morning [in practice]," said Cochet. "The car's balance was good and I only lost the fastest time right at the end. This afternoon, nothing went as planned.

"I had problems with a set of brake pads: the outside wheels were locking up in some corners. Then I probably didn't get the best out of the new tyres. It was my first time driving on them, and with just one flying lap per segment, it was quite a difficult challenge."

 

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