James Hinchcliffe insisted it has been an 'interesting' day after Team Canada secured a slot on the second row of the grid for round three of the A1GP season in Beijing.

Saturday's practice and qualifying sessions were disrupted by on-going issues with the brand new street circuit, the grid for the opening sprint race now determined by practice times from a shortened session - which had to be halted early due to a loose manhole cover.

Although he admitted he hoped to be higher than fourth had qualifying taken place as expected, a place on the second row leaves the Canadian in good shape ahead of two races where overtaking could be prove to be difficult - something the 19-year-old admitted he felt would be an issue after practice had taken place.

"It was an interesting session," he said. "My first impression of the track is that it's obviously bumpy - in fact it's the second bumpiest track I've ever driven on and you really have to define your line by where the bumps aren't! It's tight and there's not a lot of room for passing but everyone's in the same boat. Fourth is okay but I was hoping to be in the top three."



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