2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa

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Flag of South Africa.svg 2008–09 A1GP of South Africa
Race Details
Race 5 of 7 in the 2008–09 A1GP season.
Kyalami.svg
Date 22 February 2009
Location Kyalami
Midrand, South Africa
Weather
Sprint race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen)
Time 1:27.717
Podium
1st Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen)
2nd Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque)
3rd Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque)
Time 1:29.072, (Lap 9)
Feature race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco (Clivio Piccione)
Time 1:27.269
Podium
1st Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
2nd Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil (Felipe Guimarães)
3rd Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco (Clivio Piccione)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia (Fairuz Fauzy)
Time 1:28.306, (Lap 15)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa was an A1 Grand Prix race which was held at Kyalami, South Africa.

Pre-race[edit]

A1 Team Korea failed to participate the race as the organiser of the series could not supply electrical units and fuel tank due to mistake of the transportation from New Zealand.[1][2] The team had planned the debut of 2008 Macau Grand Prix winner Keisuke Kunimoto (Lee Gyeong-Woo), a Japanese driver of Korean descent, as rookie driver on the weekend.[3]

Drivers[edit]

Team Main Driver Rookie Driver(s)[4] Reserve Driver
Australia Australia John Martin Ashley Walsh
Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães
Canada Canada Did Not Participate
China China Ho-Pin Tung Congfu Cheng
France France Nicolas Prost[5] Nicolas Prost
Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller Michael Ammermüller
United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts[6] Danny Watts James Winslow
India India Narain Karthikeyan Parthiva Sureshwaren
Indonesia Indonesia Zahir Ali Zahir Ali Satrio Hermanto
Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll
Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo
South Korea Korea Did Not Participate
Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad Daniel Morad Jimmy Auby
Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy Aaron Lim
Mexico Mexico Salvador Duran Juan Pablo García
Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione Hubertus Bahlsen
Netherlands The Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen Dennis Retera
New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber[7] Earl Bamber Chris van der Drift
Pakistan Pakistan Did Not Participate
Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque Antonio Felix da Costa
South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg Gavin Cronje Cristiano Morgado
Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani Alexandre Imperatori
United States USA Marco Andretti J.R. Hildebrand

Qualifying[edit]

Sprint race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Netherlands Netherlands 1:27.717
2 Portugal Portugal 1:28.072 + 0.355
3 Switzerland Switzerland 1:28.153 + 0.436
4 Monaco Monaco 1:28.417 + 0.700
5 India India 1:28.431 + 0.714
6 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1:28.437 + 0.720
7 France France 1:28.531 + 0.814
8 South Africa South Africa 1:28.890 + 1.173
9 Malaysia Malaysia 1:28.904 + 1.187
10 Italy Italy 1:29.253 + 1.536
11 Germany Germany 1:29.337 + 1.620
12 New Zealand New Zealand 1:29.364 + 1.647
13 United Kingdom Great Britain 1:29.567 + 1.850
14 Brazil Brazil 1:29.726 + 2.009
15 China China 1:29.758 + 2.041
16 Mexico Mexico 1:29.884 + 2.167
17 United States USA 1:29.916 + 2.199
18 Lebanon Lebanon 1:30.136 + 2.419
19 Australia Australia 1:30.414 + 2.697
20 Indonesia Indonesia no time
Feature race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Monaco Monaco 1:27.269
2 Malaysia Malaysia 1:27.405 + 0.136
3 New Zealand New Zealand 1:27.569 + 0.300
4 Australia Australia 1:28.439 + 1.170
5 Switzerland Switzerland 1:28.521 + 1.252
6 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1:28.593 + 1.324
7 Portugal Portugal 1:28.773 + 1.504
8 Brazil Brazil 1:28.878 + 1.609
9 Netherlands Netherlands 1:28.926 + 1.657
10 United Kingdom Great Britain 1:29.092 + 1.823
11 France France 1:29.155 + 1.886
12 China China 1:29.158 + 1.889
13 Mexico Mexico 1:29.343 + 2.074
14 United States USA 1:29.487 + 2.218
15 Germany Germany 1:29.565 + 2.296
16 South Africa South Africa 1:29.884 + 2.615
17 Italy Italy 1:30.063 + 2.794
18 India India 1:30.505 + 3.236
19 Indonesia Indonesia no time
20 Lebanon Lebanon no time

Sprint Race[edit]

Jeroen Bleekemolen won the race from pole position for A1 Team the Netherlands, his first win in the series.
Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 14 21:35.105 10
2 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 14 + 4.407 8+1
3 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 14 + 10.600 6
4 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 14 + 12.925 5
5 Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione 14 + 14.363 4
6 India India Narain Karthikeyan 14 + 18.474 3
7 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 14 + 21.178 2
8 New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber 14 + 26.539 1
9 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 14 + 26.925
10 France France Nicolas Prost 14 + 28.101
11 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 14 + 32.081
12 Australia Australia John Martin 14 + 34.474
13 China China Ho-Pin Tung 14 + 37.804
14 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 14 + 39.068
15 Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães 14 + 39.717
16 Mexico Mexico Salvador Durán 14 + 45.006
17 United States USA Marco Andretti 14 + 55.636
18 Indonesia Indonesia Zahir Ali 14 + 1:17.724
19 United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts 9 Accident
20 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 6 + 8 Laps

Feature Race[edit]

A1 Team Switzerland's Neel Jani won the race, and after Adam Carroll's earlier error, acquired the championship lead.
A1 Team Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy recorded the fastest lap of the race.
Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 40 1:02:24.617 15
2 Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães 40 + 13.176 12
3 Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione 40 + 14.193 10
4 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 40 + 17.024 8
5 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 40 + 17.995 6
6 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 40 + 31.210 5
7 United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts 40 + 34.328 4
8 United States USA Marco Andretti 40 + 59.000 3
9 Indonesia Indonesia Zahir Ali 40 + 1:03.995 2
10 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 40 + 1:04.856 1
11 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 40 + 1:08.603
12 India India Narain Karthikeyan 40 + 1:09.150
13 Australia Australia John Martin 40 + 1:20.545
14 China China Ho-Pin Tung 22 Electrics
15 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 17 + 23 Laps 0+1
16 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 15 Electrics
17 New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber 3 Accident
18 France France Nicolas Prost 3 Accident
19 Mexico Mexico Salvador Durán 3 Accident
20 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 0 Spin

Post-race[edit]

Following the race, the team principals of both Ireland and Malaysia issued statements regarding the on-track incident on the first lap of the Feature Race, which resulted in Ireland spinning out into retirement, and subsequently losing the championship lead to Switzerland.[8]

Frankly, I'm disgusted. We're pushing to win a championship and it's not the only time that this driver has caused incidents, doing the same thing to New Zealand later in the race. That's cost us the championship points lead that we fought so hard to create. We were on course to consolidate our points lead today but for a piece of poor driving. A1 Team Malaysia is one of the very best in A1GP, but today their driver has cost us dearly.

—Mark Gallagher, A1 Team Ireland team principal

It's understandable that A1 Team Ireland was feeling emotional and frustrated after this incident, considering also that they lost the lead in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. However, to blame Fairuz for the incident is unfair and we think the Irish team should stick to trying to win races rather than blaming others for their misfortune. A1 Team Ireland is a highly respected team, but on this occasion their comments are ill-judged.

—Jack Cunningham, A1 Team Malaysia chief executive

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "사진 스위스, A1GP 5R 우승 '단독선두'" (in Korean). A1 Team Korea official website. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "달려보지도 못한 A1 "나 원~"" (in Korean). chosun.com. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "자동차경주 A1 팀코리아, 이경우 영입" (in Korean). A1 Team Korea official website. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "2008/09, Kyalami, South Africa, Rookies". a1gp.com. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Prost gets surprise France recall". a1gp.com. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Watts to return to A1GP at Kyalami". autosport.com. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Black Beauty's Bamber boost". a1gp.com. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "War of words". a1gp.com. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 

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