A1 Team Lebanon with solid finish against though competition in season finale

A1 Team Lebanon with solid finish against though competition in season finale

05.05.2009: A1 Team Lebanon finished the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season with a strong Feature race finish at the British round of the series. The event, held at Brands Hatch circuit, Kent, Great Britain

A1 Team Lebanon finished the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season with a strong Feature race finish at the British round of the series. The event, held at Brands Hatch circuit, Kent, Great Britain, produced two exciting races with Ireland crowned champions in the final race. Lebanon retired from the Sprint race and scored 12th place in the Feature event.

Lebanon started the Sprint race from 11th place on the grid. Morad was able to move up to 10th place in the opening lap and remained there until the mandatory pitstop. The Lebanon crew quickly changed all four wheels and Morad was soon back out on track, staying in 10th. He lapped consistently in the mid section of the race, defending from a charging New Zealand car behind. Morad, pushing hard to stay ahead of the all-black car, but with five laps remaining he made a minor error through the first turn, spinning off into the gravel and retirement from the race.

The Feature race start saw plenty of drama with India and China tangling at the exit of the first corner and both ending up stranded in the gravel. This brought out a safety car, while also promoting Lebanon to 13th place. Morad then improved to 11th over the next few laps, until the first pitstop window opened. Excellent pitstop work put Lebanon out in 10th place and Morad then lapped in this position as the race settled down and headed to mid distance.  The team dropped down the order after the second round of pitstops, finally finishing in 12th position.

Morad said after the Feature race,
“It was good to finish a race, after not having much luck up until then.  It's a shame it has to end here, it would have been nice if we had a couple more races to go. I keep learning and I keep gelling with the team, and they are giving me 100% and I'm giving 100% too and I'm still learning. I just want to thank the whole of the team and the whole organisation for putting so much effort into A1 Team Lebanon and putting me in the car to represent Lebanon.”

Billy Karam, Ambassador, A1 Team Lebanon,
“Daniel has had so much pressure on him yet he came through with a good, solid result today. This is a very difficult track, and it is not easy to overtake here. Daniel was clearly quicker than South Africa but got held up behind his rival nation. He is a young driver and is up against highly competitive, much more experienced racers, yet he is showing the pace and potential that led us to put him in the car this season. I know he was disappointed not to finish the Sprint race, but that’s how tough this series is and sometimes it doesn’t go your way. He bounced back really well this afternoon.”

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will take a well deserved break before resuming later this year with the fifth season of racing.

Alison Hill- photo A1 Team Lebanon

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05.05.2009 / MaP

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