A1 GP to Rectify Lack of TV Timing

A1 Grand Prix organisers have promised to rectify the timing glitches that ruined the television coverage of yesterday's qualifying at Brands Hatch

A1 GP to Rectify Lack of TV Timing

The first A1 GP qualifying session was held yesterday, with live broadcast in many countries around the world. However, television viewers complained that the session was impossible to follow because no times were displayed when cars crossed the finish line, there were no split times shown as cars went round their laps, and the coverage missed some cars on their hot laps.

But A1 GP broadcast director Richard Dorfman said that this wasn't a problem with the new series' format, but rather a problem with the timing and graphics equipment - and this will be resolved for the next qualifying session in a fortnight's time, at Lausitz.

"We had a problem with building the new software, and it crashed," Dorfman told Autosport-Atlas. "We have already rectified the problem, and I can promise it won't be like this at the second round. When you have a new system like this, you have problems and we had growing pains in qualifying.

"We wanted to have split and graphics which explained everything to the viewer, but the system crashed and we had to type the times in manually. We wanted times when the cars crossed the line."

Dorfman further added that the new on-screen display system will already be in use during today's races, stating: "When the viewer watches this afternoon's races, they will be extremely surprised with the graphics on screen. You will see the splits, you will see the gaps between cars."

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