Despite a misfire problem in the only dry practice session of the weekend for the A1 Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico, Czech Team driver Tomas Enge was still able to qualify in a promising sixth place at the Parque Fundidora circuit.

Friday's running was wet, meaning that Saturday's dry hour-long practice session ahead of qualifying would seemingly be crucial for teams getting a set-up, but Enge turned that idea on its head by his flawless drives in the final qualifying sessions

The day had started with the misfire meaning that Enge had only completed eight laps in the hour long practice, and only had the 20th fastest time in the field of 22. This meant a strategy for the squad of using the first two of the four flying lap qualifying sessions were used to get setup right for the second two.

The strategy was a risk, but one which paid off. "Our grid position is for me quite a positive surprise after difficulties in the morning," explains Enge. "We had gone to qualifying basically without running in the dry and I had expected to be between 10-15 places.

"However, the team did a great job in setting up the car and I was able to get a good feeling in the first two qualifying runs. We saved new tyres for the last two runs and managed to jump into the third row. I am confident that we will be competitive tomorrow and just hope to stay out of any trouble in the races."

 

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