After seeing Switzerland secure pole for the last two events on the A1GP calendar, normal service was resumed on the streets of Durban after Alex Premat blasted to top spot for the championship leading French team.

With the wet conditions from Friday a distant memory, Premat was by far the quickest man on track - being the only person to set two laps below the 1min 19secs mark to record an aggregate time of 2mins 36.841secs.

"Today was good for me, and I love the track," Premat enthused, "I won Macau, so I don't struggle on this type of circuit.

"I managed to do two really good times. This morning's session in the dry was enough to find a good set-up. I had some new tyres in the second session which helped and I didn't need to change the set up at all."

Britain's Robbie Kerr secured a place on the front row after also dipping below the 1min 19secs on one occasion.

"It's an interesting track, with a really tight first corner, but it will be interesting to see if people will be able to go into it two-by-two on the first lap tomorrow," Kerr said.

"The red flags definitely affected us today, and it's a shame, but it's just one of those things. I'm really looking forward to the race, we have a good position, but we'll have to see what happens."

Title hopefuls Switzerland line up on the second row with Neel Jani only just edged out by Kerr, with Jos Verstappen fourth for Team Holland.

"The race is a different story - I took the last two poles but didn't win," a wary Jani admitted, "Qualifying was average - I made a few mistakes on the new tyres but still managed to put in a good time. The wind also picked up towards the end of qualifying and the track got a bit slower, but our position isn't too bad for tomorrow."

There was disappointment for Ralph Firman, who saw his chances of fighting for a place on the front row severely hampered by two red flags in the final 15 minute session - firstly when Phil Giebler spun in the Team USA car and, barely seconds after the green flags flew again, when Mathias Lauda repeated the feat. As a result, Firman had to settle for a place on row three alongside Tomas Enge, who had been quickest in the first session, but dropped back after brushing the wall and damaging his suspension in session two.

New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and Malaysia will all start inside the top ten, while Ananda Mikola - who was fastest in the opening practice session on Friday - secured an impressive eleventh place for Indonesia, despite ending qualifying in the wall after outbraking himself on his final hot lap.

Team Pakistan failed to set a time in qualifying after driver Adam Khan was taken to hospital for medical checks following an accident in the final practice session earlier in the day.

Despite the regulation allowing teams to switch drivers between qualifying and the sprint race, all have decided to retain their qualifying selection and there will be no driver changes on race day.

 

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