Team Great Britain has continued preparations for the upcoming A1GP season after the latest test session at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.

Having tested the car for the first time at Silverstone earlier this month, the team continued to work on learning the A1GP machine with Alex Lloyd having his first chance to drive the car during the course of the test.

Lloyd and Robbie Kerr completed 224 laps of the circuit during the two and a half days, with Kerr driving on day one to evaluate changes made since Silverstone before both drivers had time behind the wheel on day two - Kerr being selected to take part in a rehearsal of the series' rolling start.

"The testings gone well and we found some time on old rubber," he said. "We've got an idea of where to go with the car. I'm happy with that. The rolling start was good - really interesting. Obviously it was for show but it was quite interesting to see how people behaved. It felt like we were in race mode."

Lloyd was then able to complete four hours of testing alone today and admitted he was pleased to have been able to get out on track in the A1GP car.

"It's been good for me to get in the car and get a feel for what the A1GP car's like," he said. "Today went a bit better than yesterday in terms of time but with the harder tyres it was frustrating not to be able to put faster times in. We did a long run to practice the maximum race distance - about 25 minutes which is how long the brakes and tyres will need to last in a race and that went very well. It was encouraging that we managed to stay at the same pace through the whole run. From that respect it's been productive and we've gone through all the things on set-up and found what we need to look at."

Team principal John Surtess also declared himself pleased with the way the test had gone, and said he was encouraged by the pace the team had displayed.

"Technically it's been a continuation of putting the team together and also fully evaluating the car," he said. "We haven't gone out to do a pure out and out speed type arrangement because Paul Ricard is a circuit where it's very good to evaluate and understand the car but it often doesn't relate to other circuits. And so the big thing has been getting people to gel.

"Robbie did part of the testing and in fact it's very unfortunate that on two set of new tyres which of course were for performance once he got a red flag come out and then once got stopped by someone getting into trouble. Certainly the data showed we were right on the pace so that's encouraging. Today with Alex it's largely been taking on working with harder tyres and also high fuel loads. Now we have to evaluate exactly what has happened and make certain that the best ingredients come right for the race."

 

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