Thunderous rain and blustery winds have failed to dampen the spirits of A1GP Team Pakistan as it prepares for the South African round of the World Cup of Motorsport in Durban this weekend.

The only street circuit on the inaugural A1 Grand Prix calendar poses a special challenge to the competing teams, with the clockwise layout containing a mix of fast straights, tight chicanes and a sweeping left-hander around the Suncoast Casino, causing many to remark on its similarity to the similarly coastal circuit at Long Beach.

"We walked the course today to make a note of anything which might cause our driver, Adam Khan, a problem," engineer Rob Cresswell revealed, "We made a note of anything untoward - such as raised manhole covers, sharp kerbs, road markings or adverse cambers - so that he can at least be forewarned and should be able to stay out of trouble."

The team reported no problems with its machinery, despite the engines only being fired up for the first time since the series last appeared, in Dubai, six weeks ago, and the mechanics duly set about preparing a 'best-guess' set-up in preparation for untimed practice.

"We're fairly limited by the regulations in what we can change," Cresswell explained, "but, as we have no data for previous running on the circuit, we have to base our initial set-up on similar characteristics found at other tracks, and then take it from there."



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