Oliver Jarvis will start eighth on the grid for his debut in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport after qualifying on the streets of Beijing was cancelled for safety reasons.

Jarvis was unable to get any serious track time in the A1 Great Britain entry on Friday when issues with the hairpin on the tight and twisty circuit in the Chinese capital forced the scheduled practice sessions to be abandoned.

Modifications had been made overnight to the original layout, which allowed the teams to take to the track for the first practice session on Saturday and Jarvis was eighth on the timesheets when the red flag was brought out due to loose manhole covers on the circuit.

With the need to ensure that the covers won't come loose, running for the day was again abandoned and the grid set from practice times - leaving the debuting Briton on the fourth row of the grid for his first rolling start.

"It started out as a good solid session and I wasn't pushing too hard," the F3 runner-up said. "The worst aspect of practice was clearly the manhole covers which don't seem to be able to take the force of the cars, but it's a good circuit and certainly different and challenging for the drivers, although I definitely would have liked more track time here before having to race!"

Team Principal John Surtees was happy with how Jarvis performed in the shortened session, although he admitted that the team would have been higher had the day progressed as normal.

"Oliver did a good job in practice and was just starting to get underway!" he said. "He came up to eighth before practice stopped and no doubt would have climbed higher. There are certainly no complaints about the performance of the car or the driver here, though we may have some complaints about the preparation of the circuit.

"It's disappointing for the team not to show our true potential but it's important that the race takes place tomorrow."

 

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