Far from being the understudy to highly regarded Matt Halliday, Jonny Reid proved he is worthy of a regular A1 Team New Zealand seat by blitzing qualifying for the second round of the championship at Brno, topping all four qualifying sessions on the way to the team's first pole position.

A big surprise considering he had not featured all that highly in the three practice sessions prior to qualifying, as well as suffering a rear suspension problem in the morning, Reid nonetheless fired a warning shot to his rivals by putting his 'all-black' car top of the first session out of nowhere.

However, the seriousness of his performance was marked by him topping the second session, followed by the third, meaning all he had to do was merely keep up with second place Nico Hulkenberg in the German entry during the fourth qualifying session to guarantee himself pole position.

Naturally, Reid made it four from four, the first time anyone has done that since A1 Grand Prix was introduced last year. The first time New Zealand will start a race from pole position, ahead of their first home round at Taupo in January, Reid was thrilled to have held on in an 'intense' hour.

"We had picked up some rear suspension damage in Zandvoort last week and the rear wishbone seemed to give way today; luckily in practice, not qualifying! It must have been when we were fighting hard with Brazil on the last corner.

"It was a really intense run out there this afternoon - we were waiting and waiting from the start of the session but I knew that if I got within two tenths of my best time on that lap, we'd be pretty hard to beat. Everyone in the team did a great job and we're looking forward to tomorrow."



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