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20 teams complete pre-season test at Silverstone

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31/08/2006

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport today completed another successful day of testing at the Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain. A1 Team Germany set the fastest lap time of the day with Niko Hülkenberg at the wheel, while A1 Team Great Britain took second spot on the time sheet with Darren Manning in the car. Johnny Reid for A1 Team New Zealand secured the third quickest time.

It was a day of firsts for 19-year-old Hülkenberg, one of the youngest drivers in the A1GP field, as he made his A1GP debut and his first-ever appearance at Silverstone. The 550bhp A1GP car is also the most powerful car the winner of the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC championship has driven in his short career. "This has been a great experience for me," Hülkenberg said. "I really enjoyed driving the car and especially using the paddle shift. I was able to get used to it quickly despite the fact the fastest car I have driven before is in F3. This is my first visit to Silverstone and I really like the track a lot. I don't know what the future holds, but I would love to be in Zandvoort as my home is very close to the Dutch border; the track is just an hour away."

Under grey, overcast skies A1 Team Great Britain's Darren Manning was just 0.312 seconds slower than Hülkenberg. The Englishman, who raced for his country at the 2006 season finale in Shanghai, commented, "Obviously I enjoyed today as it brought back great memories of my races for A1 Team Great Britain in China last year. I think everyone is looking forward to the second season and it would be great for the team to score its first win as early as possible."

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