A1 Team Lebanon completes third season of A1GP

A1 Team Lebanon completes third season of A1GP

04.05.2008: A1 Team Lebanon completes third season of A1GP

A1 Team Lebanon completed the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Brands Hatch, Kent, UK today. Nadhmi and Tameem Auchi, the seatholders for the team, hosted a number of guests at the event including His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent.

The team drove hard in both races, finishing 20th in the Sprint race and 18th in the final Feature race. The traditional rolling start produced a colourful scene as the 22 nations raced down to the first corner, with Lebanon representing the Arab nations in this unique championship. The home nation kept the lead from pole, while Lebanon was further down the order.

Beschir, driving in only his fifth race this season coped well with the pressures, keeping pace with the cars ahead. With only 15 laps of racing there was little changing of position, with Lebanon finishing 22nd by the chequered flag. The final race of the season was held in front of packed Brands Hatch grandstands, with the banks filled with fans waving flags of many of the nations.

The last Feature event, with the final appearance of the original A1GP car, began from a standing start. The green flag flew to mark the beginning of the 48 laps of highly competitive A1GP racing and the cars were quickly off and heading up to Paddock Hill Bend. The first lap produced excitement at the front, but on the second lap Beschir tangled with the Brazilian car and his engine died. Beschir was able to be given a push start, but had lost a lap to the rest of the field. He persevered through a tough race, finally finishing in 18th place.

Beschir said after the two races, "My first goal was to go the distance in both races and I achieved that. Of course every race we are trying to get our first points and as this was the last weekend of the season, there was a lot of pressure on me to achieve this. It was always going to be difficult to achieve, and probably only if many cars dropped out, as I just have so little experience compared to the other nations drivers. I was very proud to represent Lebanon in this final event, I hope I’ll be given more opportunities in the future."

Luke Craft, Team Principal, concluded, "Khalil has coped well with the considerable pressure placed on him this weekend, and I think we all appreciated that he had one of the toughest jobs. Not only racing at the season finale, but also having many important guests joining our seatholders, Nadhmi and Tameem Auchi today, really heightened an already tense weekend."

This weekend’s Brands Hatch event concluded the 10 round 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The Series enters a new era next season, with introduction of new A1GP cars, which have been designed with input from Ferrari and will be powered by this famous Italian brand.

Follow all the news with regular updates at the team’s website, www.A1TeamLebanon.com

 

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04.05.2008 / MaP

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