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Bleekemolen on top again at Brands

Jeroen BleekemolenJeroen Bleekemolen continued to set the A1GP pace at Brands Hatch on Saturday morning, despite missing half of the session after spinning into the gravel.

The Dutch driver, who was fastest on Friday, immediately went quickest in the final practice session, but as he pushed on to improve his time even further, he spun at Druids and brought his track time to an end.

Despite the setback, Bleekemolen remains confident for the rest of the weekend, as the Netherlands bids for its third race win in as many events on Sunday.

"We shouldn't get distracted by this," he said. "There's no damage to the car and we're looking very strong. I just had some oversteer, which can happen when you are pushing for the limits."

Indonesia sprung the surprise of the session by going second quickest with Satrio Hermanto, as he benefited from a fresh set of tyres to jump up the order.

JR Hildebrand continued his impressive form ahead of his race debut for Team USA by going third quickest, just ahead of Narain Karthikeyan, who brought out the red flags with an off at the final corner.

The three title contenders heading into this weekend's season finale all finished the session close together, just behind Monaco's Clivio Piccione in fifth.

Neel Jani, who had a difficult Friday for reigning champion Switzerland, gradually improved through the session and eventually went sixth, ahead of his two title rivals Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal) and Adam Carroll (Ireland), despite a trip through the gravel at Stirlings.

The session was cut short by 11 minutes when Michael Ammermuller crashed exiting the same corner shortly after, meaning that several teams missed out on a final chance to hone their qualifying set-ups.

Pos Driver                Team             Time          Gap
 1. Jeroen Bleekemolen    Netherlands      1m12.804s
 2. Satrio Hermanto       Indonesia        1m12.895s  +0.091
 3. JR Hildebrand         USA              1m12.915s  +0.111
 4. Narain Karthikeyan    India            1m12.996s  +0.192
 5. Clivio Piccione       Monaco           1m13.039s  +0.235
 6. Neel Jani             Switzerland      1m13.191s  +0.387
 7. Filipe Albuquerque    Portugal         1m13.434s  +0.630
 8. Adam Carroll          Ireland          1m13.435s  +0.631
 9. Nicolas Prost         France           1m13.480s  +0.676
10. Daniel Morad          Lebanon          1m13.579s  +0.775
11. John Martin           Australia        1m13.683s  +0.879
12. Earl Bamber           New Zealand      1m13.739s  +0.935
13. Salvador Duran        Mexico           1m13.979s  +1.175
14. Felipe Guimaraes      Brazil           1m14.044s  +1.240
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi     Italy            1m14.052s  +1.248
16. Michael Ammermuller   Germany          1m14.109s  +1.305
17. Dan Clarke            Great Britain    1m14.227s  +1.423
18. Franky Cheng          China            1m14.449s  +1.645
19. Alan van der Merwe    South Africa     1m14.524s  +1.720
20. Aaron Lim             Malaysia         1m14.745s  +1.941
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