Rookie driver Marcel Fässler was in action this morning at Brands Hatch. The sky was grey and overcast with a cool 13 degrees temperature. Between the two rookie sessions he covered 25 laps. In the afternoon the temperature was slightly higher but sill cool, and Sebastien Buemi clocked an eighth fastest
time in the first official practice session with 1.16.381 as Robbie Kerr (GB) was fastest overall with 1:15.086, +0.575s ahead of second fastest, the Indian Narain Karthikeyan.
Marcel Fässler commented, "It was hard work learning this track. But it is beautiful and interesting. I like it. Too bad I won't see more of it. In the rookie practice session I worked mainly on getting the braking fine tuned. The car seems well prepared. There is little to change on the set-up in my opinion. However, I would have liked to do some more laps that would have been useful to our program for the rest of the weekend."
Sebastien Buemi:" I feel all right for this first session with my eighth fastest time. There were lots of red flags, and we are missing a lot of running time. I did my fastest lap in the 27th lap out of 28. It is not the fastest we could have done. If we had not been stopped by Great Britain's Robbie Kerr I could have progressed. The Britain's pace who had laps quicker than the rest of the field is striking. He ended up more than half a second quicker than A1 Team India. Let's see how the morning goes for us tomorrow before the qualifying session. I am confident that the car is progressing well."
Max Welti, Team Principal added: "Both drivers - Marcel Fässler and Sebastien Buemi - have worked very hard. The track is quite tricky but it is clear that Sebastien is very strong mentally and his success in F3 benefit his driving this week-end."
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The eleventh and final round of the 2006-07 A1GP takes place at Brands Hatch this weekend. After free practice on Friday, A1 Team France’s driver Jean-Karl Vernay clocked the third fastest time during the rookie session (1.16.611). Loic Duval was third quickest for A weiter >>
A1 Team Lebanon began the final weekend of A1GP racing at Brands Hatch today, with the opening sessions of practice at the Kent circuit. In the morning Allam Khodair, driver for the team, was 14th fastest of the rookie drivers, with his first experience of the track. In the afternoon sessi weiter >>
Jan Charouz will drive for A1 Team Czech republic at Brands Hatch this weekend, earning his second race drive with the team.
The 19-year-old has only driven one race meeting so far in A1GP, recording a 10th –place finish at the inaugural A1GP meeting in September 2005, also at Brands Hatch.
"I really like the track but it’s kind of hard because it is so narrow," weiter >>
... this weekend for the final race of the season
Team principal Max Welti is confident that his fast young drivers, rookie Marcel Fässler and Sebastien Buemi will be fighting at the front all weekend.
The race at Brands Hatch is the last of the second A1 season running from September to April and visiting five continents ¬ North and South America,Europe, A weiter >>
Round 11 A1GP BRANDS HATCH
Brands Hatch this weekend marks the 11th and final round of the A1GP season. A1 Team France has scored 60 points so far this season. Jean-Karl, Vernay who made his debut in Mexico earlier in the season will resume rookie session duties on Friday while Loic Duval returns to the race cockpit. Since his last A1GP outing, Duval has race weiter >>
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 11 - Brands Hatch, UK
Bruno Junqueira will return to the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for Team Brazil in the final round of the 2006/07 championship at the Brands Hatch circuit in the United Kingdom. After racing for the team in Durban and Mexico, Bruno missed the Shanghai race due to a clash with his Champ Car commitmen weiter >>
A1 Team Lebanon, one of the national teams competing in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport team has expanded its support for young Lebanese motor racing talent, running two cars in the Formula Renault Eurocup with Carlin Motorsport this summer for Lebanese drivers, Joe Ghanem and Alex Khateeb.
Ghanem developed a passion for racing from his father, Samir Ghanem, famed as wi weiter >>
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport completed its tenth round of competition this season in Shanghai today, with A1 Team Lebanon finishing in 14th position in the Feature race, the team’s best performance since Beijing last year.
The team took 18th place in the Sprint race earlier in the day. The mai weiter >>
A1GP CHINA - SHANGHAI
Sebastien Buemi finished the sprint race in fourth position missing the podium and achieving the goal he had set to himself finish in the points. In the 40-long feature race, Buemi was classified 9th.
Sebastien Buemi commented, "The sprint race was n weiter >>
'Canada's Sean McIntosh raced to sixth on his A1GP return' - Jakob Ebrey Photography
Sean McIntosh capped his return to the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport with a brilliant drive for Canada from the rear of the field to sixth place at the checkered in Round 10’s Feature race, hosted on Sund weiter >>
Round 10: A1GP China
It was a Sunday of mixed emotions for A1 Team France's Jean-Karl Vernay at the Shanghai circuit. In the first race he fought a fierce battle with Canada until he was hit and both cars went out of the race at the end of the seventh lap.
Speaking about the accident, weiter >>
- 'Great Britain's Robbie Kerr Celebrates his Chinese Sprint Victory' - Jakob Ebrey Photography
Robbie Kerr steered A1 Team Great Britain to its second consecutive A1GP World Cup of Motorsport victory today as the Burbage racer capitalized on his first pole position of weiter >>
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 10 - Shanghai, China
It was an action-packed afternoon in Shanghai at the penultimate round of the 2006/07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, with thrilling on track action, no less than three safety car periods, and the crowning of Germany as the champio weiter >>
China, Shanghai - A1 Team France qualified seventh for the sprint race with Jean-Karl Vernay at the wheel for the second time this year.
Following a trouble-free final practice session on Saturday morning A1 Team France was upbeat ahead of qualifying. In that session Vernay put his car in seventh place on the grid with an aggregate time of 3:11.525 for the start of his fi weiter >>
In the final practice session at the magnificent Shanghai circuit in China on Saturday morning, A1 Team Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi finished third fastest with a time of 01:36.405 and covered 24 laps. Later on in qualifying he put his car sixth on the grid for tomorrow's sprint race.
The weather conditions were dry but slightly overcast in the morning with occasional su weiter >>
– ‘Canada’s Sean McIntosh gets set for A1GP qualifying’ – Jakob Ebrey Photography
Sean McIntosh returned A1 Team Canada to the top-ten in qualifying for the first time since January’s sixth round in New Zealand as he posted the ninth fastest time from 22 nations at the Shanghai International Cir weiter >>
A1 Team Lebanon continued with race preparations for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport races in Shanghai today. This morning all the teams took to the track for a final practice session and in the afternoon the qualifying session was held under cloudy skies and a cool track temperature.
Allam Khodair, driving for the team this weekend will line up in 19th place on the nin weiter >>
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 10 - Shanghai, China
A1 Team Brazil will line up on the eighth row of the grid for tomorrow’s A1GP Grand Prix of Nations sprint race at the Shanghai International Circuit in China. Vitor Meira qualified in 15th position for the team in his first A1 four-part qualifying session, and after only getting around half of the available weiter >>
- 'Kerr gives his pole-winning performance in China the thumbs up' - Jakob Ebrey Photography
A sublime performance from Robbie Kerr in China today netted A1 Team Great Britain its first pole position of the season ahead of Round 10 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motor weiter >>
The tenth round of the 2006-07 A1GP takes place at Shanghai (China Ho-Pin Tung) this weekend and A1 Team France's Jean-Karl VERNAY was on the pace from the very start, finishing On only his second A1GP race weekend, third fastest time completing in 1.35.680 during the first practice session on Friday.
Rookie driver Marcel Fässler was in action this morning on a dry Shanghai circuit setting a seventh fastest time in 1.37.581 and covering 22 laps. The weather was dry and warm and drivers were surprised with the mist floating over the track.
Later, Stebastien Buemi completed 25 laps and clocked the 7th fastest time in the first official practice session. His best lap 1.36 weiter >>
- 'Canada's Kevin Lacroix pictured at the Shanghai International Circuit, China' - Jakob Ebrey Photography
A1 Team Canada enjoyed a solid Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit, China as practice took place ahead of Sunday’s tenth, and penultimate, round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Mo weiter >>
The A1GP Series nears the conclusion of its second season, with the penultimate round taking place in Shanghai this weekend. The opening day of racing comprised two rookie practice sessions and a further hour of practice in the afternoon.
Allam Khodair, driving for A1 Team Lebanon this weekend, enjoyed strong running in the rookie sessions, but was unlucky in the afterno weiter >>
'Great Britain's Oliver Turvey (left) and Robbie Kerr (right) pictured in Shanghai' - Jakob Ebrey Photography
Robbie Kerr kept Great Britain firmly at the head of the 22 competing nations as he set the fastest practice time on Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit, China ah weiter >>
The penultimate round of the 2006/07 A1GP World Cup of Nations got underway today at the Shanghai International Circuit with two free practice sessions, however, technical problems in both sessions limited running for A1 Team Brasil, leaving the squad with a lot to do in tomorrow’s final one-hour practice session, prior to qualifying.
This morning’s rookie practice sessi weiter >>
– ‘Kevin Lacroix continues in his rookie role for Canada’ – Jakob Ebrey Photography
The Shanghai International Circuit in China plays host to the penultimate round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend, 13th-15th April, with A1 Team Canada seeking to use the event weiter >>
'Robbie Kerr graced the podium in South Africa in his last A1GP start' - Jakob Ebrey Photography
They say in motorsport you’re only as good as your last result in which case A1 Team Great Britain arrives in China this week ahead of Round 10 of the 2 weiter >>
The second season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport draws to a close with the penultimate round in Shanghai, China this weekend and A1 Team Lebanon will be represented in this tenth round of the unique nation versus nation motor racing championship.
Allam Khodair will be racing for the team this weekend, with Khalil Beschir attending as reserve driver. Shanghai will be weiter >>
Two races to go before end of the 2007 season for A1GP GP France. The team has scored 57 points in the championship. Jean-Karl Vernay who made his debuts in Mexico on Sunday, March 25 will again be at the wheel on Sunday.
Jean-Karl VERNAY says: "I am really eager to drive again for A1GP Team France. I have good memories from Mexico despite my difficult debut weiter >>
Sebastien Buemi, who last raced for A1 Team Switzerland on the Australian Grand Prix in February will be back at the wheel for A1 Team Switzerland in China this weekend. Marcel Fässler will resume his rookie driver duties in this penultimate round of the A1GP season.
Sebastien Buemi comments, "It's very exciting to be back behind the wheel, the last time was weiter >>
‘Oliver Turvey sampling GBR’s A1GP car at Brands Hatch’ – Jakob Ebrey Photography
A1 Team Great Britain heads to China next week for the penultimate round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the Shanghai International Circuit, 13th-15th April, with Cumbria’s Oliver Turvey joining weiter >>
‘Sean McIntosh is set to return to A1GP for Canada’ – Jakob Ebrey Photography
A1 Team Canada will welcome back race-winner Sean McIntosh from Coquitlam, B.C., for the final two rounds of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport starting with weiter >>
‘Oliver Jarvis celebrates his A1GP win for Great Britain’ – Jakob Ebrey Photography
Great Britain can finally count itself on the list of winning nations in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport following a break-out performance in Round 9 of the 2006-07 season in Mexico City last Su weiter >>
A1 Team: FranceDriver Name: Jean-Karl VernayDate of Birth: 31 October 1987Place of Birth: Lyon – Villeurbanne, France
Family: Has a 17-year-old brother and a 10-year-old sister. His brother is in the Motocross championship and his sister ha weiter >>
A1 Team Lebanon completed a tough weekend of racing in the Mexican capital city, at the most challenging track of the season, with Allam Khodair driving for only his second A1GP event. Earlier this weekend the team prepared with practice and qualifying, and Khodair impressed early on with fifth fastest weiter >>
‘A1 Team Canada’s James Hinchcliffe racing in Mexico’ – Jakob Ebrey Photography
A disappointing weekend in Mexico City for A1 Team Canada concluded with a 15th place Feature race finish for James Hinchcliffe in Round 9 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigu weiter >>
'Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis Wins In Mexico City' - Jakob Ebrey Photography
Oliver Jarvis led A1 Team Great Britain to its first ever A1GP World Cup of Motorsport victory on Sunday with a commanding performance in Round 9’s Feature race at the weiter >>
A1 Team Switzerland's Marcel Fässler making his debut this week in his first A1GP race finished tenth in the sprint race reaching the goal he had set to himself to finish the race. In the 45 lap long feature race, Marcel was classified in 14th and finished the second A1GP race of his career. Switzer weiter >>
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 9 - Mexico City
A1 Team Brazil's run of bad luck continued today at the Mexico City round of the 2006/07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport as driver Bruno Junqueira was put out of this morning's sprint race by weiter >>
A1 Team France’s Jean-Karl VERNAY - did not finish his first sprint race in Mexico despite excellent qualifying for his first event the 15-lap long sprint-race. In the 45 lap-long feature race Jean-Karl VERNAY’s effort were stopped by an accident with New Zealand, at the start, but he spectacularly managed to weiter >>
‘Hinchcliffe qualifying the Canadian entry in Mexico City’ – Jakob Ebrey Photography
Qualifying for Round 9 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, hosted at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City this weekend, proved to be a tough affair for A1 Team Canada with Toronto’s James Hin weiter >>
'Jarvis sealed third on the grid for A1 Team GBR in Mexico - Jakob Ebrey Photography
A1 Team Great Britain's 'rookie' racer Oliver Jarvis continued to impress today in Mexico City as he qualified third fastest for tomorrow's ninth round of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, weiter >>
In the final practice session at the Hermanos Rodrigues track in Mexico on Saturday morning, A1 Team Switzerland Marcel Fässler finished eighteenth fastest with a time of 01:29.120 and covered 23 laps.
Later Marcel Fässler put his car in 18th place on the grid to start the sprint race with Malaysia Alex Yoong in pole.
The weather conditions were dry but slightly weiter >>
A1 Team France qualified in the top five for the sprint race as Jean-Karl Vernay delivered a strong performance for his first ever qualifying in the series Following a trouble-free final practice session on Saturday morning where
A1 Team France finished ninth fastest with a time of 01:28.327. A1GP France had good reason to be satisfied about this third practice session of weiter >>
The final practice and qualifying sessions of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Mexico, were completed today at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with Allam Khodair flying the flag for A1 Team Lebanon and the Arab world.
The team will line up on the 11th row of the grid for tomorrow’s Sprint race after a highly competitive qualifying session. In morning practice the team weiter >>
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 9 - Mexico City
A1 Team Brasil made a big improvement in performance today in Mexico City, to put in a strong showing in final practice, and then go on to qualify on the fourth row of the grid for tomorrow's sprint r weiter >>
Rookie driver Marcel Fässler was in action this morning at a dry Mexico circuit setting a fourth fastest time in the first of the two sessions and a promising ninth fastest lap in the second rookie session.
Later, Marcel Fässler completed 25 laps and clocked the 14th time in the official practice session. His best lap is 1.29.150.
Marcel Fässler commented, weiter >>
The A1GP World cup of Motorsport held its opening day of practice in Mexico today, with the field of nations lining up in the pitlane for the practice periods. Allam Khodair is driving for A1 Team Lebanon this weekend, with Khalil Beschir attending the event alongside him.
Basil Shaaban and Alex Khateeb will be supporting their team and following the fortunes of their te weiter >>
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 9 - Mexico City
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport kicked into action for round nine of the championship at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit in Mexico City today. A1 Team Brasil, with Bruno Junqueira leading the charge for the team, took part in this afternoon's one hour practice session at the circuit, which has prev weiter >>