Solid performance for A1 Team Lebanon at A1GP UK season finale

Solid performance for A1 Team Lebanon at A1GP UK season finale

30.04.2007: Solid performance for A1 Team Lebanon at A1GP UK season finale

The second season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport was concluded today with a pair of thrilling races at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England. A1 Team Lebanon raced at its 11th race weekend of the year, with driver Allam Khodair, finishing 15th in the Feature race and 19th in the Sprint race.

Starting in 19th place for the Sprint race Khodair the rolling pack of 22 nations raced up to Paddock Bend, an infamous corner on the historic race track, and with all safely through the Lebanon car was quickly on the pace and by the end of the first lap had improved one position. With only 15 laps, there was little time for the Lebanon team to make further progress, but Khodair was able to make up a further place by the middle of the race. With just three laps to the chequered flag Khodair, struggling with his car, ran wide into the gravel and was unable to continue.

The Feature race is 70 minutes of fast and furious racing with plenty of thrills and spills to entertain the spectators and television viewers. Today lived up to expectations with great overtaking manoeuvres and wheel-to-wheel action. A1 Team Lebanon was in the thick of the action, improving from 19th starting spot to 15th place straight off the line. After 20 laps the Lebanese team were lying in 12th place and then moved up to 11th for most of the middle section of the race, eventually finishing in 15th position at the chequered flag.

 

Khodair summed up his races saying, "I made a mistake in the Sprint race and by running wide put myself off line which carried the car into the gravel, bedding down the car so that I was unable to get back on the track. We had a good start in the Feature race, avoiding the incidents ahead and gaining positions.

I wasn’t able to match the pace of the cars that were behind due to pitstop strategy, but was able to run just outside the top ten. It was a tough race, but I was pleased to reach the chequered flag for Lebanon."

 

Tony Snook, Team Principal, A1 Team Lebanon commented, "We compromised our starting slot for the Feature race with Allam’s mistake in the Sprint, but he drove better this afternoon and was able to improve by the chequered flag, particularly as he was carrying a hand injury from the first day’s accident.

In the last few races we haven’t realised Allam’s full potential as, in getting used to the A1GP car, he’s made mistakes in the practice sessions that have cost us valuable track time. I think we’ve seen this afternoon that we’re moving closer to a top ten finish and it should be well within our reach in season three."

The second season of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport has seen over 20 nations competing in this unique motor racing championship, travelling across the globe and visiting ten countries over the winter months.

The Netherlands, Czech Republic, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, and the UK were the locations for the races this season, and at each one the Lebanon team represented its nation and the Arab world.

 

- Alison Hill A1 Team Lebanon - photo A1GP

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