Ireland Takes Sprint Victory at Brands Hatch

Ireland Takes Sprint Victory at Brands Hatch

04.05.2009: Event:A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain (Round 7 of 7) A1 Team Ireland and Adam Carroll moved one step closer to the team’s maiden title after taking victory in this morning’s Sprint race at A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain.

Event:A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain (Round 7 of 7)



A1 Team Ireland and Adam Carroll moved one step closer to the team’s maiden title after taking victory in this morning’s Sprint race at A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain.

India’s Narain Karthikeyan finished second with Mexico’s Salvador Duran taking the final podium position.

Irelandgot a good start but Mexico had a better run into Paddock Hill, taking the lead around the outside through the first corner. Ireland settled into second from USA, Portugal, India and Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Australia’s John Martin took advantage of a mistake by Switzerland’s Neel Jani to take eighth place before the mandatory pit stop window opened.

Indiamade the decision to pit early alongside Lebanon, Germany and Malaysia.  A lap later Mexico and Ireland made their way into the pits but after an incredibly quick stop by the Irish team, Adam Carroll regained the lead with India taking second.

John R Hildebrand continued his good weekend form in his first race for A1 Team USA today by moving up to third after the pit stops, pushing Mexico down to fourth. Monaco’s Clivio Piccione had problems leaving the pits, rolling to a stop at the pit lane exit.

On lap nine the order was Ireland from India, USA, Mexico, Portugal, Netherlands, Australia and Switzerland.

Duran was then able to capitalise on a mistake from Hildebrand at the final corner which gave the Mexican a good run to take third into the first corner.

Carroll now had a 3.867-second lead from India but still kept the fans on the edge of their seats kicking up the dust showing no sign of easing off the pace.

On lap 15 Lebanon’s Daniel Morad lost the back end and spun into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend with New Zealand’s Earl Bamber also going into the gravel to avoid hitting the Lebanese car, leaving both cars out the race.

Carroll took victory with a comfortable 7.230-second margin over India. Mexico’s Duran settled for the final podium position.

A1 Team Brazil did not make the start after being unable to repair the car in time for this morning’s Sprint race. The team is still working hard and hopes to have the car ready in time for this afternoon’s Feature race.

Portugal’s Filipe Albuquerque finished fifth with Switzerland’s Jani taking a single point for eighth. Ireland now leads the championship with 97 points from Switzerland (89) and Portugal (86).

Irelandneeds to finish fifth or better in this afternoon’s Feature race to guarantee them the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport title.

“It’s never easy,” said Ireland’s Adam Carroll. “Sprint races are always quite strange, they’re tougher than the Feature race for some reason. I could see Mexico pushing very hard so just let then get on with it and hoped the boys would come up with the goods in the pit stop and they did. It’s a relief for this race to be over and once this afternoon is done we can relax.”

India’sNarain Karthikeyan said:
“it was difficult after a small mistake in qualifying as we should have been further up the grid. The car is working well so I think we are looking good for another podium this afternoon.”

Mexico’s Salvador Duran said:
“I did a small mistake put still the team did a great job and put me out in a podium position. To achieve a podium is great for us and it’s a developing project for next season.”

Sprint Race Qualifying Result


Pos A1 Team   Driver   Laps  Time  GapFirst
1 IRELAND Adam CARROLL 18 22:32.704 -
2 INDIA Narain KARTHIKEYAN 18 22:39.934 7.23
3 MEXICO Salvador DURAN 18 22:45.044 12.34
4 USA John R. HILDEBRAND JR. 18 22:45.393 12.689
5 PORTUGAL Filipe ALBUQUERQUE 18 22:45.722 13.018
6 NETHERLANDS Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN 18 22:46.487 13.783
7 AUSTRALIA John MARTIN 18 22:47.912 15.208
8 SWITZERLAND Neel JANI 18 22:54.924 22.22
9 FRANCE Nicolas PROST 18 22:55.649 22.945
10 ITALY Vitantonio LIUZZI 18 22:59.766 27.062
11 GERMANY Michael AMMERMULLER 18 23:04.651 31.947
12 INDONESIA Satrio HERMANTO 18 23:05.863 33.159
13 GREAT BRITAIN Daniel CLARKE 18 23:06.245 33.541
14 CHINA Congfu CHENG 18 23:07.667 34.963
15 SOUTH AFRICA Alan VAN DER MERWE 18 23:13.192 40.488
16 MALAYSIA Aaron LIM 18 23:14.232 41.528
17 LEBANON Daniel MORAD 13 16:51.416 5 Laps
18 NEW ZEALAND Earl BAMBER 13 16:51.675 5 Laps
19 MONACO Clivio PICCIONE 8 10:53.522 10 Laps
  BRAZIL Felipe GUIMARAES 0    

Fastest lap: A1 Team Ireland set the fastest lap (1m12.276s) of the Sprint race with a speed of 184.4kph on lap 8.

2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport points standings    
  

 Pos  A1 Team  Points  Worst*

1 Ireland 97 0
2 Switzerland 89 4
3 Portugal 86 0
4 Netherlands 69 6
5 France 46 0
6 Malaysia 43 1
7 New Zealand 36 0
8 Australia 32 0
9 Monaco 27 0
10 Great Britain 24 0
11 USA 24 0
12 India 19 0
13 South Africa 19 0
14 Brazil 18 0
15 Italy 15 0
16 Mexico 14 0
17 Lebanon 8 0
18 China 7 0
19 Korea 4 0
20 Indonesia 3 0
21 Germany 2 0

* Current worst number of points from an event. The final points' standings will be calculated by dropping the worst result.


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