2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Great Britain

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Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2008-09 A1GP of Great Britain
Race Details
Race 7 of 7 in the 2008-09 A1GP season.
Brands Hatch.svg
Date May 3, 2009
Location Brands Hatch
Kent, England
Weather
Sprint race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time 1:11.615
Podium
1st Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
2nd Flag of India.svg India (Narain Karthikeyan)
3rd Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico (Salvador Durán)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time 1:12.276, (Lap 8)
Feature race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time 1:10.902
Podium
1st Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
2nd Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen)
3rd Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of Australia.svg Australia (John Martin)
Time 1:12.698, (Lap 36)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

The 2008-09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Great Britain was an A1 Grand Prix race at Brands Hatch, England. It was set to be the penultimate round of the 2008-09 A1 Grand Prix season, but became the season finale, due to the cancellation of the Mexican round due to the 2009 swine flu outbreak.[1][2] Ultimately, it would be the last race for A1GP as bankruptcy followed later in the year.

A1 Team Ireland became the fourth A1 Grand Prix champions, with a double pole position, and double victory, to take Ireland's first international motor racing championship.

Title Battle[edit]

With the British round now becoming the season finale, this left the championship in a three-way battle for the title.[3]

Switzerland lead going into the event with 88 points, with four points to drop; followed by Ireland with 86, and Portugal with 82. The Netherlands are currently too far behind to win the title with 66 points, as even though 27 points are on offer for maximum score, the team has to drop 6 points from their worst event.

Also, even if all the teams finish equal of points, the tie-breaker rules would come into play. Currently Switzerland would win the title with four wins, to Ireland's three, and Portugal's one.

Drivers[edit]

Team Main Driver Rookie Driver(s) Reserve Driver
Australia Australia John Martin
Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães
Canada Canada Did Not Participate
China China Congfu Cheng[4] Ho-Pin Tung
France France Nicolas Prost Nicolas Prost
Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller[5]
United Kingdom Great Britain Dan Clarke Aaron Steele[6]
India India Narain Karthikeyan Parthiva Sureshwaren
Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto
Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll Niall Quinn
Italy Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi
South Korea Korea Did Not Participate
Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad Jimmy Auby
Malaysia Malaysia Aaron Lim
Mexico Mexico Salvador Durán Juan Pablo Garcia
Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione Hubertus Bahlsen
Netherlands The Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen Dennis Retera
New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber[7]
Pakistan Pakistan Did Not Participate
Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
South Africa South Africa Alan van der Merwe[8] Cristiano Morgado
Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani Alexandre Imperatori
United States USA J. R. Hildebrand[9]

Qualifying[edit]

Sprint race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1:11.615 -
2 Mexico Mexico 1:11.653 + 0.038
3 Netherlands Netherlands 1:11.992 + 0.377
4 United States USA 1:11.994 + 0.379
5 Portugal Portugal 1:12.040 + 0.425
6 New Zealand New Zealand 1:12.108 + 0.493
7 India India 1:12.109 + 0.494
8 Switzerland Switzerland 1:12.212 + 0.597
9 Indonesia Indonesia 1:12.658 + 1.043
10 Australia Australia 1:12.745 + 1.130
11 Lebanon Lebanon 1:12.889 + 1.274
12 France France 1:13.011 + 1.396
13 United Kingdom Great Britain 1:13.019 + 1.404
14 Monaco Monaco 1:13.260 + 1.645
15 Germany Germany 1:13.329 + 1.714
16 Italy Italy 1:13.549 + 1.934
17 Brazil Brazil 1:13.584 + 1.969
18 Malaysia Malaysia 1:13.686 + 2.071
19 South Africa South Africa 1:13.854 + 2.239
20 China China 1:13.861 + 2.246
Feature race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1:10.902 -
2 Monaco Monaco 1:11.085 + 0.183
3 Netherlands Netherlands 1:11.146 + 0.244
4 Switzerland Switzerland 1:11.338 + 0.436
5 France France 1:11.543 + 0.641
6 New Zealand New Zealand 1:11.633 + 0.731
7 Australia Australia 1:11.930 + 1.028
8 China China 1:12.180 + 1.278
9 Portugal Portugal 1:12.270 + 1.368
10 India India 1:12.397 + 1.495
11 United States USA 1:12.662 + 1.760
12 South Africa South Africa 1:12.730 + 1.828
13 Mexico Mexico 1:12.740 + 1.838
14 United Kingdom Great Britain 1:12.756 + 1.854
15 Lebanon Lebanon 1:12.766 + 1.864
16 Germany Germany 1:12.797 + 1.895
17 Brazil Brazil 1:13.048 + 2.146
18 Italy Italy 1:13.131 + 2.229
19 Indonesia Indonesia 1:13.560 + 2.658
20 Malaysia Malaysia 1:14.203 + 3.301

Team utilized Powerboost "joker" qualifying lap.

Sprint Race[edit]

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 18 22:32.704 10+1
2 India India Narain Karthikeyan 18 + 7.230 8
3 Mexico Mexico Salvador Durán 18 + 12.340 6
4 United States USA J. R. Hildebrand 18 + 12.689 5
5 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 18 + 13.018 4
6 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 18 + 13.783 3
7 Australia Australia John Martin 18 + 15.208 2
8 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 18 + 22.220 1
9 France France Nicolas Prost 18 + 22.945
10 Italy Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 18 + 27.062
11 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 18 + 31.947
12 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 18 + 33.159
13 United Kingdom Great Britain Dan Clarke 18 + 33.541
14 China China Cheng Congfu 18 + 34.963
15 South Africa South Africa Alan van der Merwe 18 + 40.488
16 Malaysia Malaysia Aaron Lim 18 + 41.528
17 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 13 Spin
18 New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber 13 Spin
19 Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione 8 Fire
20 Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães Did Not Start

Feature Race[edit]

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 49 1:04:14.970 15
2 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 49 + 10.156 12
3 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 49 + 13.564 10
4 Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione 49 + 14.293 8
5 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 49 + 16.484 6
6 Mexico Mexico Salvador Durán 49 + 21.810 5
7 United Kingdom Great Britain Dan Clarke 49 + 23.409 4
8 Australia Australia John Martin 49 + 24.493 3+1
9 Italy Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 49 + 46.004 2
10 France France Nicolas Prost 49 + 49.094 1
11 South Africa South Africa Alan van der Merwe 49 + 1:13.905
12 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 49 + 1:16.257
13 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 48 + 1 Lap
14 United States USA J. R. Hildebrand 48 + 1 Lap
15 Malaysia Malaysia Aaron Lim 27 Spin
16 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 26 Exhaust
17 New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber 6 Spin
18 India India Narain Karthikeyan 0 Accident
19 China China Cheng Congfu 0 Accident
20 Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães Did Not Start

Notes[edit]

  • It was the 39th race weekend (78 starts).
  • It was the fourth race to be held in Great Britain at Brands Hatch, as well as the third time the track has hosted the season finale.
  • It was the first race as main driver for United States J. R. Hildebrand and Malaysia Aaron Lim.
  • It was the first race as rookie driver for United Kingdom Aaron Steele.
  • Republic of Ireland Ireland scored their second double pole-position of the season, and the only double win of the season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A1GP Mexico City cancelled". a1gp.com. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  2. ^ "A1GP makes Mexico statement". a1gp.com. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Title to be won at Brands Hatch". a1gp.com. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Cheng returns for China at Brands". a1gp.com. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  5. ^ "Ammermuller back for Germany". a1gp.com. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Clarke's Kent". a1gp.com. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  7. ^ "New Zealand names Bamber again". a1gp.com. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  8. ^ "South Africa's driver swap". a1gp.com. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  9. ^ "USA names Hildebrand for Brands". 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 

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