Team Canada continued its preparations ahead of the eagerly-anticipated new A1GP season by impressing once again on the second day of testing at Silverstone.

Although the squad ended the day only 13th out of the 20 teams present, it was sixth fastest in the afternoon to back up a strong showing on Wednesday when rookie James Hinchcliffe had posted the fastest time in session two. Together with team-mate Sean McIntosh, the duo spent much of Thursday concentrating on longer, race-simulating runs rather than chasing outright lap times.

"I was out on older tyres initially this afternoon to see what kind of feeling they'd give off respective to the handling of the car and set-up," commented McIntosh, already a winner in A1GP's debut season in 2005-06 and currently riding high in the World Series by Renault.

"On top of that I was just dialing back into driving this car having been used to racing the World Series by Renault car during the regular season. As always it would have been nicer to have spent longer in the car but it was good to get back to it in preparation for the new season, and good to get a run on new tyres during my driving stint and see where we can improve to get the maximum from them."

New boy Hinchcliffe had surprised many, not least of whom himself, with third-quickest time overall on Wednesday in only his second time in the car and first visit to Silverstone.

"The biggest thing for me was to continue to integrate myself with both the car and the team and I think I did a good job with that," the 19-year-old Champ Car Atlantic ace said.

"Yesterday's focus was more on speed and qualifying pace which obviously went pretty well. Today's objective was to work on some longer runs.

"My first few laps were to get a good base set-up on the car then they sent me out with full fuel and old tyres to have a really good run to see how everything handled in those conditions.

"We practised pit-stops as well to work towards everyone being as prepared as possible for when the season starts at Zandvoort. Overall I think the team's happy with what we accomplished over the past couple of days."



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