2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Zhuhai, China

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Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007-08 A1GP of Zuhai, China
Race Details
Race 4 of 10 in the 2007-08 A1GP season.
Zhuhai International Circuit track map.svg
Date December 16, 2007
Location Zhuhai International Circuit
Zhuhai, China
Weather
Sprint race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of Germany.svg Germany (M.Ammermüller)
Time 1'23.203
Podium
1st Flag of Germany.svg Germany (M.Ammermüller)
2nd Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
3rd Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China (Cong Fu Cheng)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Time 1'24.418, (Lap 11)
Feature race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Time 1'23.465
Podium
1st Flag of India.svg India (Narain Karthikeyan)
2nd Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Jonny Reid)
3rd Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa (Adrian Zaugg)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Oliver Jarvis)
Time 1'24.703, (Lap 29)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet


The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Zhuhai, China was an A1 Grand Prix race held on December 16, 2007 at the Zhuhai International Circuit, China. It was the fourth meeting in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season.

Pre-race[edit]

After suffering injuries in a sportscar racing accident in the United States, Tomas Enge is back to drive the A1 Team Czech Republic car.[1] Erik Janis who drove since the first round in Zandvoort, this season, will be rookie driver.

Qualifications[edit]

India and Narain Karthikeyan score the team's best-ever grid slot with a 3rd position in the Main Race.[2]

Sprint race qualifications
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Germany Germany 1'23.203 -
2 Switzerland Switzerland 1'23.425 +0.222
3 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'23.675 +0.472
4 China China 1'23.784 +0.581
5 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'23.850 +0.647
6 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1'23.921 +0.718
7 France France 1'23.928 +0.725
8 Netherlands Netherlands 1'23.965 +0.762
9 India India 1'23.972 +0.769
10 Canada Canada 1'24.029 +0.826
11 United States USA 1'24.104 +0.901
12 Brazil Brazil 1'24.141 +0.938
13 New Zealand New Zealand 1'24.141 +0.938
14 South Africa South Africa 1'24.207 +1.004
15 Portugal Portugal 1'24.263 +1.060
16 Italy Italy 1'24.307 +1.104
17 Malaysia Malaysia 1'24.391 +1.188
18 Australia Australia 1'24.770 +1.567
19 Indonesia Indonesia 1'24.893 +1.690
20 Lebanon Lebanon 1'24.915 +1.712
21 Pakistan Pakistan 1'24.958 +1.755
22 Mexico Mexico 1'25.246 +2.043
Main race qualifications
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Switzerland Switzerland 1'23.465 -
2 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'23.650 +0.185
3 India India 1'23.767 +0.302
4 France France 1'23.784 +0.319
5 Germany Germany 1'23.890 +0.425
6 China China 1'23.930 +0.465
7 United States USA 1'23.992 +0.527
8 Malaysia Malaysia 1'24.036 +0.571
9 South Africa South Africa 1'24.100 +0.635
10 New Zealand New Zealand 1'24.114 +0.649
11 Canada Canada 1'24.149 +0.684
12 Portugal Portugal 1'24.250 +0.785
13 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'24.294 +0.829
14 Brazil Brazil 1'24.328 +0.863
15 Lebanon Lebanon 1'24.328 +0.863
16 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1'24.350 +0.885
17 Pakistan Pakistan 1'24.378 +0.913
18 Netherlands Netherlands 1'24.460 +0.995
19 Australia Australia 1'24.538 +1.073
20 Indonesia Indonesia 1'24.667 +1.202
21 Italy Italy 1'24.810 +1.345
22 Mexico Mexico 1'24.886 +1.421

Sprint race[edit]

The start make it through but Australia, South Africa, Lebanon and Brazil and Malaysia are all involved in a multi-car crash in turn 5, lap 1 and the Safety car is out.[3] Brazil and South Africa collide and result the Lebanon is out, Malaysia and South Africa retire in the pit and Brazil loses a lap.
Safety car is in on lap 4 and the order is Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, China, Czech Republic and Great Britain. Switzerland come near Germany ; China is pushing Ireland hard. In lap 8, Neel Jani (Switzerland) sets the fastest lap and in lap 11 Cong Fu Cheng (China) passes Adam Carroll (Ireland) for 3rd. Ireland fights back until crossing the line.
New Zealand and Canada fight for 10th since Safety car is on and in lap 11, the two cars touch. Canada spins down to 15th. The same lap, Portugal crash at the final turn.
Germany wins its first race of the season in front of Switzerland, China, Ireland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, India, France, Netherlands and New Zealand. A1 Team China and Cong Fu Cheng enjoy their success in their home race.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Grid Points
1 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 13 20'31.432 1 15
2 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 13 + 0.601 2 12+1
3 China China Cong Fu Cheng 13 +4.632 4 10
4 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 13 +6.707 3 8
5 Czech Republic Czech Republic Tomas Enge 13 +7.386 6 6
6 United Kingdom Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 13 +7.865 5 5
7 India India Narain Karthikeyan 13 +8.661 9 4
8 France France Loïc Duval 13 +9.033 7 3
9 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 13 +9.650 8 2
10 New Zealand New Zealand Jonny Reid 13 +12.992 13 1
11 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 13 +14.709 16
12 United States USA Jonathan Summerton 13 +16.895 11
13 Australia Australia Ian Dyk 13 +17.169 18
14 Pakistan Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 13 +20.944 21
15 Canada Canada Robert Wickens 13 +21.784 10
16 Mexico Mexico David Garza Perez 13 +23.388 22
17 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 13 +23.792 19
18 Brazil Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 12 +1 Lap 12
19 Portugal Portugal João Urbano 10 +3 Laps 15
Ret South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 1 Damage 14
Ret Malaysia Malaysia Alex Yoong 1 Damage 17
Ret Lebanon Lebanon Chris Alajajian 0 Collision 20

Main race[edit]

Just before the race, it was announced that the second pit stop window will be between laps 25 and 33.[4] The race start at 15:00, local time. At the first turn, Ireland and Brazil collide and are delayed. Germany ran wide and lost a lot of places. Malaysia stranded out of the track after a collision with New Zealand and the Safety car is out in this first lap. Brazil, with smoke coming out of the car, Canada and Australia comes into pits meanwhile Edoardo Piscopo (Italy) his pulled off onto the side of the circuit.
Robert Wickens retire is car in pit because of mechanical failure the lap before the Safety car is in, on lap 5. Several fight in the next laps. New Zealand has passed China and then USA for 6th. The first pit stop window is open on lap 8 and the current standing is Great Britain, Switzerland with the current fastest lap, India, France, South Africa, New Zealand, China and USA.
Narain Karthikeyan(India), Loïc Duval (France) and Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) comes in pit. Neel Jani (Switzerland) still out for one more lap during the long pit stop of the British driver. The Netherlands damage the suspension and retire on lap 9. After most of the racers have made their first compulsory stop, Switzerland lead the race. Portugal stack up India, France, Great Britain and South Africa until it goes off on lap 14. The next lap, South Africa passes Great Britain for 5th. In lap 16, after Portugal pit, Switzerland lead from India, New Zealand, France, South Africa and Great Britain.
Australia its back on track after losing 3 laps in garage. France receive a drive-through penalty for clipping USA's left-rear airline as it left the pit box. Loïc Duval return on track on 15th. Chris Alajajian (Lebanon) clips a kerb, spin and lost a lot of time in lap 18. Lap 19, Adam Carroll (Ireland) pull into the pits and Satrio Hermanto (Indonesia) retire into the gravel. France is on a charge, is now 10th and take the fastest lap in lap 21.
The second pit stop window is now open on lap 25. Switzerland have a problem with the right rear tyre and bring the car to the pits but it lost time to take the wheel off. India its now leading. After a slow stop for Great Britain and India, Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) make the fastest lap on lap 29. China is going to be given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pits. Now, the standing is India front of New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and France.
Germany and Great Britain are pushing South Africa until the finish line. Cong Fu Cheng (China) is fighting with Jonathan Summerton (USA) since lap 37 and passes in lap 40 when USA has gone wide across the grass. Jonny Reid (New Zealand) is now close from Narain Karthikeyan (India). India wins and score the team's first ever win in A1GP,[5] its the 14th nation to take a win. The final standing is India, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain with fastest lap, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, China and USA.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Grid Points
1 India India Narain Karthikeyan 45 1:08'30.759 3 15
2 New Zealand New Zealand Jonny Reid 45 +0.502 10 12
3 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 45 +4.128 9 10
4 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 45 +4.907 5 8
5 United Kingdom Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 45 +5.267 2 6+1
6 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 45 +14.516 1 5
7 France France Loïc Duval 45 +18.572 4 4
8 Czech Republic Czech Republic Tomas Enge 45 +27.140 16 3
9 China China Cong Fu Cheng 45 +27.579 6 2
10 United States USA Jonathan Summerton 45 +33.388 7 1
11 Mexico Mexico David Garza Perez 45 +49.353 22
12 Portugal Portugal João Urbano 45 +1'03.831 12
13 Lebanon Lebanon Chris Alajajian 44 +1 Lap 15
14 Pakistan Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 44 +1 Lap 17
15 Australia Australia Ian Dyk 42 +3 Laps 19
Ret Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 27 Collision 13
Ret Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 19 Accident 20
Ret Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 9 Suspension 18
Ret Canada Canada Robert Wickens 3 Accident 11
Ret Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 1 Damage 21
Ret Brazil Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 1 Damage 14
Ret Malaysia Malaysia Ashswin Subbiah 0 Collision 8

After-race[edit]

After the first win of the A1 Team India in A1 Grand Prix this weekend, on feature race, Dr. Manmohan Singh, the nation's Prime Minister congratulate Narain Karthikeyan and the team.[6] In January 2008, just before the next round, in Taupo, New Zealand, Narain Karthikeyan meets Indian President, Pratibha Patil who congratulate him and the team's achievements in Zuhai.[7]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tomas Enge is back! a1gp.com (December 11, 2007)
  2. ^ India takes best ever grid-slot a1gp.com (December 15, 2007)
  3. ^ Sprint race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
  4. ^ Feature race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
  5. ^ a b First win for A1 Team India a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
  6. ^ India goes crazy for A1GP a1gp.com (December 30, 2007)
  7. ^ Narain meets Indian President a1gp.com (January 17, 2008)
  8. ^ a b Mexico to race newcomer Garza a1gp.com (December 10, 2007)
  9. ^ Piscopo to make Italy race debut a1gp.com (December 14, 2007)
  10. ^ Portugal names next three rookies a1gp.com (December 3, 2007)
  11. ^ Brazil name Faria as Taupo rookie a1gp.com (December 5, 2007)
  12. ^ Swiss to use track expert rookie a1gp.com (December 11, 2007)
  13. ^ Quinn wins Ireland rookie role a1gp.com (December 5, 2007)
  14. ^ Jarvis back for Great Britain a1gp.com (December 7, 2007)

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