A1 Team Czech Republic - A1 Grand-Prix of Nations California/USA - SUNDAY – Good starts, bad finishes

A1 Team Czech Republic - A1 Grand-Prix of Nations California/USA - SUNDAY – Good starts, bad finishes

13.03.2006: A1 Team Czech Republic - A1 Grand-Prix of Nations California/USA - SUNDAY – Good starts, bad finishes



A1 Grand Prix / Monterey – Laguna Seca, California, USA

The Czech team left Laguna Seca empty handed after Tomas Enge managed to gain many places in the first half of both races but did not finish any of them.

The race day brought two races in different conditions but they unfortunately had they same pattern for the Czech Republic team. The sprint started in the damp conditions and Enge was able to move forward from 14th place on the grid. He was running seventh in the last few laps but Matt Halliday spun on the last lap and Enge hit Ralph Firman who had to brake unexpectedly. The impact damaged the front of the car and the Czech car was classified only 18th. The feature race was run in the dry and Enge once again started moving to the front. The pitstop was well timed and even better executed just when the safety car was deployed after Stephen Simpson’s crash. The Czechs were running ninth when the car picked oversteer. Enge tried to fight but the car handling did not allow him good exits from the corners and he was loosing places. The situation was getting worse and he lost the control six laps from the end.

Tomas Enge: "Put it this way it was not our weekend. It sometimes happens. It is shame that it happened here because I really like the track. The day did not start badly and we found solutions for some problems that had occurred in the qualifying. Things were looking good in the sprint and I managed to overtake a few people and got into top 10. Unfortunately, New Zealand’s car spun on the last lap, Ireland car braked heavily just in front of me in order to avoid him and I was unable to avoid a contact. We had a good start again in the feature race and a great pitstop. I was in the top 10 again but the car suddenly oversteered a lot and I was loosing places. I just wanted to finish the race but it was getting worse and finally I lost control. We have to check the data what happened with the car. All in all, weekend to forget."

Antonin Charouz, seat holder: "Needles to say that I am very disappointed. We really thought that we could have scored some nice results here. It seems that something happens to us all the time."

– Lucie Cervena, A1 Team Czech Republic -
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