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Bleekemolen tops final practice

Jeroen Bleekemolen put the Netherlands at the top of the timesheets in the final A1GP free practice session at Kyalami on Saturday morning.

The Dutch driver made the most of his previous experience of the track (he is the only driver to have raced there before) to put in a lap nearly three tenths of a second quicker than anyone else ahead of the afternoon qualifying sessions.

Team USA were one of the surprise performers of practice as Marco Andretti made use of a new set of tyres in the closing stages to jump up from the lower end of the order to go second, just ahead of Friday's pace-setters Lebanon with Daniel Morad.

Filipe Albuquerque was fourth fastest for Portugal ahead of Nicolas Prost, who rediscovered his form after going the wrong way with setup on Friday afternoon.

There had been an early start for some of the teams - as those who missed out on running on Friday due to logistical problems were given extra track time, with the first session starting at 7:40am local time.

Two of the teams who shone in those early sessions - China and Great Britain - weren't able to carry their form into the final session, as both suffered offs.

Danny Watts damaged to Great Britain car towards the end of the earlier session, and he was then the slowest of the drivers with a timed lap in the main practice.

Meanwhile China, who were looking good with Ho-Pin Tung in the additional session, suffered a setback when the GP2 racer crashed at Turn 3, meaning he had to settle for 16th.

Pos  Driver            Team           Time              Laps
 1.  J.Bleekemolen     Netherlands    1:28.128           15
 2.  Marco Andretti    USA            1:28.418 + 0.290   20
 3.  Daniel Morad      Lebanon        1:28.515 + 0.387    9
 4.  F.Albuquerque     Portugal       1:28.618 + 0.490   22
 5.  Nicolas Prost     France         1:28.702 + 0.574   20
 6.  Clivio Piccione   Monaco         1:28.754 + 0.626   17
 7.  Neel Jani         Switzerland    1:29.014 + 0.886   16
 8.  Adam Carroll      Ireland        1:29.083 + 0.955   15
 9.  Felipe Guimaraes  Brazil         1:29.251 + 1.123   21
10.  John Martin       Australia      1:29.295 + 1.167   18
11.  Earl Bamber       New Zealand    1:29.381 + 1.253   16
12.  Adrian Zaugg      South Africa   1:29.475 + 1.347   17
13.  Salvador Duran    Mexico         1:29.543 + 1.415   21
14.  N.Karthikeyan     India          1:29.813 + 1.685   15
15.  M.Ammermuller     Germany        1:29.980 + 1.852   18
16.  Ho-Pin Tung       China          1:29.994 + 1.866    3
17.  Edoardo Piscopo   Italy          1:30.031 + 1.903   14
18.  Danny Watts       Great Britain  1:30.250 + 2.122   12
19.  Zahir Ali         Indonesia      No time
20.  Fairuz Fauzy      Malaysia       No time
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