While a number of drivers have found the close proximity of the walls in Durban to be a problem, Alex Premat admitted he was a fan of the street circuit after powering his way to pole position for the South African round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

The French driver proved himself as the class of the field during qualifying as he became the only driver to break the 1min 19sec barrier on two occasions to comfortably claim his first pole position in A1GP ahead of Brit Robbie Kerr who was the only other driver to set a lap time inside the 1min 18sec bracket.

A previous winner of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix, Premat wasn't troubled by the close proximity of the Durban walls and admitted his victory in that event had helped his preparations in South Africa.

?Today was good for me,? he said. ?I love the track. 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 and I had some new tyres in the second session which helped so I didn't need to change the set up at all.?



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