After leaving his rivals trailing in his wheeltracks in qualifying for A1GP's sprint outing in Shanghai, Neel Jani then went on to add the feature race top spot to his resum? - his second double pole of the season.

The Swiss star's dominance this time was almost identical to that which he had displayed in the earlier session - just shy of half a second - and once more he had the joy of seeing his nation's chief rivals for the crown start some way down the grid. Jonny Reid was again the best-placed of them behind the wheel of Black Beauty, but even the Kiwi ace was more than a second adrift of the championship leader back in seventh spot, with Robbie Kerr eighth for Great Britain, Adrian Zaugg ninth in the South African entry, France's nightmare continuing as Franck Montageny barely scraped into the top ten - albeit a significant improvement on his lowly 18th place earlier on - and Michael Ammerm?ller just 13th for defending title-holders Germany.

Jonathan Summerton in the 'We The People' machine will this time line up on the front row of the grid alongside Jani, with sprint race front row sitter Filipe Albuquerque consistently impressive in third for Portugal. Ireland's Adam Carroll shot up to join his fellow A1GP rookie on the second row of the grid by seizing fourth spot in the closing moments of Q4.

Narain Karthikeyan was again impressive in fifth for India, with fellow ex-grand prix ace Alex Yoong alongside him in the Malaysian entry. Fans' favourite CongFu Cheng suffered dismal fortunes on home soil, however, qualifying only 15th for the sprint race and a disastrous 20th for the longer feature, after grappling with suspension-related technical problems session-long.

Jani's performance - the seventh pole of his A1GP career and his second double of the 2007/08 campaign after that which he registered in Malaysia back in November - has seen the 24-year-old overtake Zaugg to steal the series record for pole positions, and it could not have come at a better time.

"The team did a great job," the former GP2 and Champ Car ace enthused afterwards. "We were struggling a little bit for the first run in qualifying, but then we made a change and from then on we had fantastic pace.

"We don't know about the weather for tomorrow - it might rain which could change everything. If I get a good start there is nothing to worry about, though, and I think the guys next to me are sensible and they don't want to go out either. I don't need to win at the moment; I just need points and that's what I'm going for. If I can win, even better!"

"This is only my third race, so I'm quite happy to be starting second and third and I think we did a good job," added a thrilled Albuquerque. "I thought I had got pole for the sprint but Neel was just way too fast, so I think P2 was the best we could do.

"Then for feature qualifying I was behind Wickens and he made a small mistake and I couldn't put my lap together, but still third is ok with those mistakes. I'm happy to be on the first row in the sprint race, and if I have a chance to overtake Neel I will definitely go for first place. We're nowhere in the championship, so I don't care about the points - I just care about the win!"

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