After a show-stopping drive in front of his home fans in Zandvoort, Jeroen Bleekemolen found himself struggling somewhat more in qualifying for the second round of the championship at Brno, the A1 Team Netherlands car claiming twelfth on the grid.

Targeting a place inside the top ten, Bleekemolen found himself struggling with the set-up of his car around the long and sweeping Czech circuit, ending up almost three seconds away from pole position when the aggregate times are taken into account.

Indeed, Bleekemolen was disappointed with his qualifying position, but was looking ahead of the two races and the possibility of improving on Netherlands' fifth place in the standings.

"I had hoped to be well inside the top ten," he said. "It is basically still trying to find the right set up. We are not there yet and so we will have to continue working on that. This morning on used tyres it went reasonably well during the free practice.

"In tomorrow's races there is a lot that can happen of course. We do have the potential, especially in the Feature race, to move further forward. I am looking forward to doing that."

Furthermore, team boss Jan Lammers rued a mistake in setting up the car as being the reason why they were so far off the pace but, like Bleekemolen, is expecting a better showing in the race.

"We are still little over a second behind the fastest time, now we will have to understand why. Furthermore our third run during qualifying was not ideal," Lammers said, "We tried something but that proved to be a step backwards. Otherwise, we might have been further up the grid. The fourth run was better. We will just have to work on this.

"Tomorrow, the prizes can be won, fortunately we do have two races to move forward by working intelligently, not pushing too hard and getting the most out of the skills of the team, also during the pit-stop. For now, we will have to suffice with this."

 

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