Neel Jani plays street fighter on his first day at Taupo

Neel Jani plays street fighter on his first day at Taupo

18.01.2008: Neel Jani plays street fighter on his first day at Taupo

Follow the race on Schweizer Sportfernsehen (SSF)

* New: SSF now on "STAR TV" channel

* Watch us on Sunday 20th January "as-live" from 7:30 am to 9:00 am

* Monday A1GP Magazine from 09:00 pm until 10:00 pm

Live streaming on  then click on view live racing stats.

Since their arrival in Taupo, Neel Jani and Tom Dillmann have acclimatized to the place and the track new to both drivers. Part of this process included a fishing trout fishing challenge on the magnificent Lake Taupo on Thursday morning as part of the buildup to this weekend’s A1GP.

In the Friday rookie sessions where Canada Robert Wickens was the fastest overall (1.17.070), Tom Dillmann completed 12 laps setting a time of 1.19.116. Switzerland A1GP team engineer James Robinson had a routine technical program to work through with Dillmann. In the first official practice session, Neel Jani put on a great show for the additional newcomer TV viewers that have recently joined through Swiss STAR TV now broadcasting SSF - Schweizer Sport Fernsehen - coverage. After a difficult session, Neel completed with a third fastest time (1.15.919), only 0.374’ behind fastest France’s Duval and the Irish team’s Adam Carroll who was second fastest.

Tom Dillmann says: "I had a good two sessions and also demonstrated consistent laps but I am not satisfied with the times for my first outing at Taupo Circuit. The main thing is to have worked well and delivered what the technical team expected of me. The track is narrow, tight and twisty. It reminds me of a karting track. I was only able to complete five full fast laps that we made good use of to check the brakes.

It was a good working session that allowed me to learn the track and find my pace again at the wheel of the car that I had not driven since the summer Silverstone session. The session was a lot of work, but everything went according to engineering plan. I hope this will provide good data to Neel for the rest of this week-end."

Preparations for qualifying and the races themselves continued during the official practice session under bright sun and hot temperatures with Neel Jani driving for the first time at Taupo. After a difficult start where the Swiss driver encountered a slow puncture on his rear left tyre, Jani’s concentration was not affected, and he made impressive progress with the car set-up, finishing third place overall with 1.15.919.

Neel Jani commented, "The track was new to me and I realize you have to be a street fighter to attack this track. It is not smooth or flowing at all. You must attack permanently. With the team we did a lot of work over my 19 afternoon laps. I used part of the session to learn the track and am pretty happy with the results. To my big surprise, I had a slow puncture on the left rear tyre as I started and was loosing a lot of air. Then I stopped to put some air, but it was not helpful. Nevertheless I got a good run on lap 11 and climbed to third position with 1.15.946.

Later, we used the third and fourth outing with the team and the engineers for other additional routine systems checks. I finished with an improved time of 1.15.919 but my slow puncture problem was not solved. It will be interesting for the rest of the weekend on the narrow track where everyone will be close together and overtaking conditions are difficult. We still have one session tomorrow morning before the qualifying session to continue improve the car. This track is really hard work!"

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland commented, "I am satisfied for our first day under these very hot conditions. The team did a good job, and I am pleased with the work that we achieved today with both drivers. Tom Dillmann worked well with our technicians during the session. Yellow flags and incidents with other cars made it difficult to run full laps in good conditions.

When Neel took over the work was impressive because of the slow puncture at the start of the session. He nevertheless was able to continue through the working program without losing confidence or focus; his times were very fast."

Follow the race on Schweizer Sportfernsehen (SSF)

Live streaming on then click on view live racing stats.


AquaSP, developed by Multi Pro Natural Ltd., is an innovative, non-toxic and environmentally friendly enzyme based product which acts as a catalyst to the natural oxidization process and speeds up the natural destruction process of bacteria in water without placing undue demand on oxygen contained. This product has a wide range of potential applications; it kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, nematodes and protozoa without the use of any toxins.

Currently the product is in the release process and being prepared for market entry. AquaSP will be distributed internationally by Multi Pro Natural Ltd., which develops and distributes environmentally friendly products for different sectors.

A1 Team Switzerland

A1 Team Switzerland is the Swiss national team in motorsport, representing its country in the unique global A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport. A1 Team Switzerland is entering its third year of racing in the A1 GP series. After 11 events and 22 races around the world, A1 Team Switzerland finished the inaugural A1GP season as runners-up, winning from pole position in Dubai. In 2006-2007 they again won from the pole in Malaysia, on the way to securing another top eight championship finish.

The drivers racing for their country in 2007-2008 will be Neel Jani and Sébastien Buemi. The rookie drivers will be Marcel Fässler, Tom Dillmann and two female rookie drivers, Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang who participated successfully to a shootout event at Silverstone in September 2007. They will have the chance to represent their national team starting with the Brno Grand Prix, 2nd leg of the A1 GP Championship.

A1 Team Switzerland’s selected best results

Sprint race: 2 x 1st - Malaysia 2006/2007 (Neel Jani) and Dubai 2005/2006 (Neel Jani)

Feature race:3 x 2nd 2005/2006 South Africa (Neel Jani), Malaysia (Neel Jani), Portugal (Neel Jani)

Pole Position:Malaysia 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 (Neel Jani), Dubai 2005/2006 (Neel Jani)

2007 Podiums: Zandvoort (Neel Jani), Brno-CZ (Neel Jani)


- Agnes Carlier - photos A1GP


18.01.2008 / MaP

More News

Start for A1 Team Lebanon in Taupo
A1 Team Lebanon has arrived in New Zealand to continue its campaign in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and today took part in the first day of practice ahead of Sunday’s races today. The event marks the ground breaking introduction of greener fuel into the Series, with all the A1GP cars running on a 30% bio more >>
Promising practice as A1 Team GBR hit the track in Taupo
Robbie Kerr and James Winslow were in action for A1 Team GBR today as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport series moved to Taupo, New Zealand. The British squad currently lies fourth in the Championship, and Robbie Kerr is determined to score some strong points for the team. In preparation for what are sure to more >>
Jimenez and Faria in action for A1 Team Brasil
Friday 18 January 2008 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 5 - Taupo, New Zealand The sun blazed down on the Taupo circuit in New Zealand today as A1 Team Brasil hit the track for the first time of the weekend for round five of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. For the first t more >>
Bioethanol : A First !
This weekend (18th-20th January) the fifth round of the World Cup of more >>
Switzerland ready to renew campaign
A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport: Taupo (New Zealand) Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January 2008 A1 Team Switzerland is ready to return to action this week at the fifth round of the A1 Grand Prix season in Taupo, New Zealand determined to pick up where it left off at the end of 2007 at Zhuhai and bui more >>
New year hopes for points in New Zealand
A1 Team Lebanon resumes competition in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend in Taupo, New Zealand. It is the second visit to this Australasian outpost for the A1GP Series, with its introduction to the calendar for the first time last season. An instant hit with the d more >>
Team Brasil heads to Taupo as A1GP kicks off the New Year
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 5 - Taupo, New Zealand  Sergio Jimenez and Clemente Faria Jr will join forces for A1 Team Brasil, as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport resumes in the New Year at the Taupo Circuit in New Zealand. Sergio, who has raced in each of the four rounds so far for Team Brasil, scoring a podium at Sepang in November, will be joined by more >>
Kerr looks to kick-start the New Year
Robbie Kerr will be back in the driving seat for A1 Team GBR next weekend as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport™ heads to Taupo, New Zealand for Round 5. As the half-way point of the season draws close, the British team heads to the beautiful surroundings of Lake Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island still firmly in more >>
Q and A with Tom Dillmann
Q: Tom Dillmann tested in Silverstone one month before the new season kicked off at Zandvoort (The Netherlands), on 30 September 2007 what was the outcome? A: On the final day of the Silverstone tests, the team fielded two of us: Sebastien Buemi who drove in more >>
Tom Dillmann appointed as Switzerland’s rookie in Down Under
A1 Team Switzerland has appointed 20 year-old Tom Dillmann as its rookie driver at the fifth and six th rounds of the current A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season at Taupo (New Zealand) and Sydney (Australia) on January 21 and February 3, 2008 respectively. Dillmann has already tested for the team at more >>
A1 Team France - We’ll do better next time
The A1 Team France left Zhuhai in a disappointed frame of mind, having scored only 7 points during the weekend. However, it is still in second place in the overall classification, 19 points behind Switzerland, and one in front of New Zealand. Loïc Duval started the Sprint race from seventh on the grid and made an excellent getaway before being boxed in the first corner, losing a more >>
Q&A with Neel Jani
Q How do you feel ? Clearly disappointed. It was a win written for me on the paper. Just an easy win that was due, but you never know in racing! Q Talk your start through please I had too much wheel spin and GBR overtook me. I saw that my sectors were quicker t more >>
Switzerland extends championship lead
Round 4, Zhuhai: At the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Zhuhai, A1 Team Switzerland driver Neel Jani took the second step of the podium in the 14 lap-long sprint race finishing just 0.601 behind Germany, bringing the team point tally to 73 points. In the feature race more >>
Disappointment in Zhuhai for A1 Team Brasil
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 4 - Zhuhai, China A disappointed A1 Team Brasil leaves the Zhuhai International Circuit tonight as it comes away empty-handed from round four of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. In the sprint race Sergio Jimenez finished 18th after being hit on the first la more >>
Best finish of season so far for A1 Team Lebanon
A1 Team Lebanon crept closer to a top ten points finish in Zhuhai, China at the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport today. A 13th place finish in the Feature race after a retirement in the Sprint race were the spoils for the battling Lebanese car in the two events. The Sprint race rolling start s more >>
A1 Team GBR adds to points tally in China
Oliver Jarvis gained further valuable points for A1 Team GBR in both races at the first ever A1GP World Cup of Motorsport event to be held in Zhuhai International Circuit, keeping the team in the Championship hunt in China. Off the rolling start in the Sprint Race, Olly found himself boxed in behind th more >>
No need for alarm!
A1 Team France will start from seventh and fourth positions in tomorrow’s Sprint and Feature races in the fourth round of the 2007-08 A1GP Championship on the Zuhai circuit in China. The team did not do a lot of running yesterday and took advantage of this morning’s free practice to ma more >>
Well done Neel! Switzerland is on the front row for the sprint race and takes pole for the feature race
Round 4: Zhuhai - CHINA * Watch us live Sunday December 16 at 08.00 am* Monday 17.50 "Sport highlights magazine" in the news* Tuesday 19.00 until 21.00 A1GP Magazine (Race shown as live) with    guest Roderick Tanzer, COO Multipro Natural AG.* U1 Swiss Sport TV is available in Switzerland on Cablecom Digital    Network more >>
Jarvis back at the front in China
A1 Team GBR driver Oliver Jarvis will make a front row start for tomorrow’s Feature Race in round four of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the Zhuhai International Circuit. In the first two qualifying sessions of the day, to decide positions for the rolling start in the Sprint Race, Oliver had new tyres for b more >>
2001-2022 copyright