Vive la France seems to be the motto of the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport with the DAMS-run French team topping the first of two practice session in Dubai.

France have won all but two races in the new motorsport series with the emphasis on nations rather than drivers and teams running the cars, and taking to a new circuit seems to have provided no detriment or hinder to the squad's pace with driver Nicolas Lapierre straight into action and quickest.

Second fastest time in the twenty minute session held in rapidly warming conditions on Friday morning in Dubai was set by the Swiss squad, with Neel Jani having prior experience of the circuit, but still setting a time over half a second adrift of Lapierre's.

Third fastest was the Portuguese car with Alvaro Parente at the wheel, both driver and the Carlin squad running the car cementing their gained knowledge for an impressive show straight out of the box. Fourth fastest was Salvador Duran, the young Mexican never seemingly being much of a concern when it comes to pace.

Germany, with Adrian Sutil back on driving duties, set the fifth fastest time with Ralph Firman for Ireland the sixth quickest.

Katherine Legge, the first female to drive an A1 Grand Prix car, played herself in gradually to the task at hand and set the second slowest time in the session, with only Team Pakistan's Adam Kahn going slower.

Scott Dixon took his opportunity to sample the Team New Zealand A1 GP car and set the sixteenth fastest time as he drove the squad's second chassis for its first time out on track.

Over in the Team USA car, Phil Giebler wet the twentieth fastest time, whilst the young Armaan Ebrahim showed his and Team India's continued form and set the fourteenth fastest time.

Top times
1. France 1min secs
2. Switzerland 1min secs
3. Portugal 1min secs
4. Mexico 1min secs
5. Germany 1min secs
6. Ireland 1min secs
7. South Africa 1min secs
8. Canada 1min secs
9. Brazil 1min secs
10. Czech Republic 1min secs



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