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India wins dramatic season finale
A1 Team India secured its second win of the season when Narain Karthikeyan took victory in the A1GP season finale at Brands Hatch this afternoon.
India was involved in a race-long battle with Robbie Kerr of home nation Great Britain, who notched up another home race podium after a strong drive. The decisive moment was the second mandatory pit stop, when India was stationary for less time than Great Britain, and Karthikeyan was able to snatch the lead.
From that point on, Karthikeyan was able to control the race and take India’s second win of the season.
‘I made a good start,’ Karthikeyan said. ‘Robbie tried to go round the outside but I defended that move. When we came out of the first pit stop I had a coming together with Adam Carroll – I didn’t see him because I had a moment and he tried to go up the inside and I hit him. But anyway, it was a great result for A1 Team India and after the final pit stop my car was mega.’
Kerr was disappointed with finishing second, and just missing out on that elusive home Feature race win. He had already won the Sprint race earlier in the day to the delight of the home crowd.
‘It was a fantastic weekend for GBR, it was just a shame we couldn’t pull the second win off,’ Kerr said. ‘Narain and I were so equal and after the first pit stop we thought we had done enough. Then unfortunately the second pit stop didn’t quite go our way, but it’s a team sport and we all worked hard. It’s just one of those things.’
Newly crowned A1GP champion A1 Team Switzerland’s Neel Jani joined India and GBR on the podium in third position while China’s Congfu Cheng finished in a superb fourth place after a great weekend at a circuit he knows well.
Fifth was taken by Franck Montagny, helping France to fourth place in the championship, followed by the Netherlands’ Jeroen Bleekemolen in a solid sixth.
New Zealand’s Jonny Reid did just enough to secure second in the championship behind Switzerland, who took the title honours after this morning’s Sprint race. Reid carved his way through the pack from 17th to seventh during the course of the 48-lap race, partly due to swift work in the pits from the New Zealand crew.
Portugal’s Filipe Albuquerque snatched seventh from the Kiwi with just four laps remaining, demoting Reid to eighth at the chequered flag. It was still enough to take second in the championship, beating GBR by just one point in the final standings.
Indonesia’s Satrio Hermanto crossed the line 10th to score his nation’s first point this season. Hermanto put in a superb effort to hang onto the final points-paying position, after last-lap pressure from the Czech Republic and South Africa.
Ireland’s Adam Carroll, who was on course for another podium finish after a sterling drive to third in the Sprint race this morning, crossed the line 13th to secure sixth in the final championship standings.
Carroll got a great start and ran in third for the first part of the race, before losing his car’s front wing and being forced to pit for repairs outside the compulsory pit stop windows. The Northern Irish star was clearly pushing hard after rejoining in 18th on lap 20, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 44.
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Switzerland win first A1 GP title, SA fifth
Switzerland's Neel Jani wrapped up the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport with fourth place in Sunday's sprint race in the series' tenth and final round at Brands Hatch in Great Britain.
South Africa achieved their goal of finishing the competition fifth out of the 22 competing nations in what was the most competitive and closely contested A1 season so far.
There were ten different winning nations in the 20 races, with South Africa taking two victories. Great Britain (Robbie Kerr) won the Sprint race from pole position - a feat the team also achieved in the final round of last season - closely followed by USA (Jonathan Summerton) and Ireland (Adam Carroll).
South Africa's Adrian Zaugg was seventh after starting seventh.
India (Narain Karthikeyan) won the 70-minute feature race in the afternoon from pole position with Great Britain second and new champions Switzerland third.
Kerr came close to giving his nation the unique distinction of being the first to win both home races on the same day, when he led India after the first round of compulsory pit stops.
However, Karthikeyan, an acknowledged Brands Hatch expert like Kerr, regained the lead with a great team performance in the second compulsory pit stop and went on to give India their second win of the season.
Zaugg, at the wheel of South Africa's Vulindlela, again started seventh (a down-on-power engine hampered the team's efforts in Saturday's qualifying) and was up to third on the road when he made his first pit stop.
A slick and quick pit stop was marred when a jack was left under the car and was dragged down the pit lane as Zaugg accelerated away.
As a result, the team were given a 'drive-through penalty', which effectively dropped them out of contention.
Zaugg didn't give up and pushed hard throughout the remainder of the race, moving up from 17th place after the 'drive through' to finish 11th, hard on the heels of Indonesia (Satrio Hermanto) and just out of the points.
"We're delighted to have finished fifth overall in the championship," said Mike Carroll, general manager of A1 Team South Africa.
"This was our objective from the start of the season in September last year and the team has worked well together to achieve this good result. While this is a team effort, we have to acknowledge the performance of our driver.
"This season, for the first time, we had the same driver throughout and this clearly was an advantage. Adrian has developed into once of the top drivers in A1.
"Only Neel Jani of new champions Switzerland scored more pole positions (six to Adrian's four) and only Switzerland and championship runners-up New Zealand (Jonny Reid) scored more wins (four each to South Africa's two). We were one of only six countries to win more than one race."
Next season, which starts at a new venue, Mugello in Italy, will feature a brand new A1 car powered by Ferrari and with a new chassis designed in collaboration with Ferrari.