"It's a mini N?rburgring Nordschleife," reckons A1 GP Team Germany driver Adrian Sutil after completing his first day's running at the Australian circuit of Eastern Creek.

Sutil, nominated to compete the entire race-weekend for A1 Team Germany, made steady progress throughout the two Friday practice sessions to finish his day's work in eighth place overall, lapping the circuit in 1min 21.984secs.

It was a new track for Sutil, and one that certainly impressed.

"Learning a new circuit is a challenge I've always relished," he said. "And this one is no different, particularly as the track is driven anti-clockwise. The tricky combination of both fast and slow corners and elevation changes made the set-up difficult.

"The track is really amazing; I would say it's a mini N?rburgring Nordschleife! All the A1 Grand Prix cars get light over one of the crests which makes great spectating. I'm optimistic about our chances here and I'm looking forward to qualifying on new tyres. It should be a real challenge," said the 22-year old German.

Good job the Australian round of the A1 GP is not taking place at Mount Panorama, otherwise Sutil might get really excited.



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