The recent two-and-a-half day A1 Grand Prix test in the south of France provided a great opportunity for Team Pakistan to work through different programmes in preparation for next month's season-opener at brands Hatch - and helped convince the team that regular runner Adam Khan could trouble more experienced drivers.

The Super Nova-run squad ran through a series of set-up ideas, designed to fine-tune and develop the new Lola-built car ready to start the coming race season on good form. Buoyed by Khan's times at an unfamiliar Paul Ricard, where the youngster finished ninth fastest of 19 runners - the entire team felt that it could cause something of a shock to the expected hierarchy.

"After three days of extensive testing, Adam ended up ninth fastest in the final day, and we are confident that he is capable of running in the top ten in the first race at Brands Hatch," Super Nova boss David Sears commented "He did a excellent job of developing the new car, and covered a lot of mileage, which him in good stead for next month."

The test was not entirely trouble-free for the team, which suffered a rash of gearbox problems early on, but Khan reckoned that, without the downtime, he could have gone faster still.

"I struggled for the first two days due to the gearbox problems but, on the final morning, we found a lot of improvements, which is really good," he said, "I believe that, if we'd have found these a day or two ago, we'd have been higher up than the ninth position we got today.

"Overall though, I'm pretty pleased with how it's gone and all credit to the team, who have been doing a brilliant job. I'm now preparing for Brands Hatch by training and, hopefully, with some more F3000 testing in Italy next week."



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