Team New Zealand's Jonny Reid will start Sunday's A1 Grand Prix sprint race at Brno from pole position after taking a clean sweep of all four qualifying segments at the beautiful Czech Republic circuit.

The driver of the stunning all-black New Zealand machine also established a new lap record at the undulating and invitingly wide 3.36-mile circuit, stopping the clocks in an impressive 1min 45.013secs in the fourth and final 15-minute qualifying segment as Reid stamped his authority on the day.

Reid, who has prior experience at the Czech circuit thanks to his tenure in the Superfund Formula 3000 Championship, set the tone for the day early on with a 1:46.676secs effort in segment one, three tenths faster than Germany's Niko Hulkenberg.

Hulkenberg was second fastest in three of the four sessions with Germany, like several other nations choosing to sit out the second segment. A 1min 45.023secs lap in segment four assured Hulkenberg of a share of the front row for the sprint race, where he will look to increase Germany's early season lead in the championship standings.

Team Malaysia's Alex Yoong was third quickest in segment four with a lap of 1:45.200secs to take third on the overall grid with Team Great Britain's Robbie Kerr giving himself a fighting chance of taking fourth overall with fourth fastest time in the final session.

Canada's James Hinchcliffe, China's Frankie Chen, Czech Republic darling Tomas Enge and Team USA's Phil Giebler completed the top eight in the final session with the disappointing Team France entry of Nicolas Lapierre only ninth.



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