A1 GP SERIES - A1 Team France stormed to the first championship win of "The World Cup of Motorsport".

A1 GP SERIES - A1 Team France stormed to the first championship win of "The World Cup of Motorsport".

13.03.2006: A1 GP SERIES - A1 Team France stormed to the first championship win of "The World Cup of Motorsport".



Laguna Seca, California/USA; Sunday, 12 March


At the tenth round in Laguna Seca/USA Nicolas Lapierre claimed second place in the Sprint Race which brought A1 Team France nine points. This was enough to gain the title as at the same time A1 Team Switzerland - up to that point the only remaining title rival - failed to score points in the Sprint Race.

It then could have been a dream weekend as Nicolas Lapierre was right on course of winning the 40-lap Feature Race. He was leading when three laps before the finish line a low battery caused gearbox trouble. Lapierre had to stop on the track. In the final classification, he was still ranked as 14th.

"We were here to win the championship. And we won it", said Nicolas Lapierre. "It´s a shame we were not able to take the next victory. But we cannot complain as this is the first failure out of 20 races."

Jean-Paul Driot, team principal, A1 Team France commented: "Our target was to win the title which was done already in the Sprint Race. For sure I am disappointed we did not take another win with just three laps to go. But if it had to happen then better after winning the title than before."

In spite of this elusive victory, the success story of A1 Team France in the inaugural season of A1 Grand Prix - The World Cup of Motorsport is stunning: Out of 20 races contested so far, A1 Team France with drivers Nicolas Lapierre and Alexandre Prémat grabbed 13 wins, 15 podium places and 18 finishes in the point rankings.

A1 Team France is one of 25 teams competing in the new A1 Grand Prix Series, "The World Cup of Motorsport". Before the ultimate round of the season in Shanghai, China (2 April 2006) Team A1 France leads the championship with 163 points in front of A1 Team Switzerland (121 points). Drivers Nicolas Lapierre and Alexandre Prémat are two highly talented youngsters taking turns at the wheel. A1 Grand Prix continues to make huge strides in attracting worldwide audiences in its inaugural season. After its first season races A1GP is reaching an average audience of more than 8 million viewers per race in more than 120 countries.

Do not miss the race coverage on Eurosport (France), Premiere (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Supersport (Greece and Cyprus), Sky Italia (Italy), RTP (Portugal), BSKYB Ltd (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel), SportTV (Russia), Sogecable (Spain), RTL7 (NL- achieving nearly 800,000 viewers per race with an even more  impressive market share of 16 per cent), 365 Media (Iceland) or RTE 2 Eire, SABC South Africa is also achieving impressive market share with nearly 10 per cent of all viewers tuning into A1GP.

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