A1 Team Great Britain

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A1 Team Great Britain
Great Britain
Founded 2005
Seat holder(s) Not known since administration
Team principal Not known since administration
Race driver(s) Danny Watts
Dan Clarke
Car nickname n/a
First race 2005-06 Great Britain
Rounds entered 38
Championships 0
Sprint race victories 2
Feature race victories 3
Pole positions 5
Fastest laps 4
Total points 327
2008-09 position 10th (28 pts)

A1 Team Great Britain is the British team of A1 Grand Prix, an international racing series.

Management[edit]

A1 Team Great Britain was one of the first six seat holders in the series announced, with chairman John Surtees hosting the event. The car was unveiled to the public in September 2005, displaying a distinctive blue, red and white livery to reflect the colours of the flag of the United Kingdom, rather than Britain's traditional racing green colour.

British financier Tony Clements was the national seat holder, and ran the corporate arm of the team until Round 5 of Season 4. Former Formula One and 500cc Motorcycle World Champion John Surtees was the team principal for the first 2 seasons of A1GP, working with the organisational structure, technical development, recruitment and race operations for the team. He quit his role before season 3 and was replaced by Katie Clements. The Arden International racing organisation was responsible for race operations of the team for the first season. However, for season 2 Surtees assembled a bespoke race team to handle the race operations of A1 Team Great Britain. That team stayed in place for the 3rd season of A1GP, and the first 5 rounds of Season 4.

However, between Rounds 5 and 6 of Season 4, A1 Team Great Britain entered administration. From Round 6 onwards, the car was run by mechanics and engineers employed by the series itself, with pit-stops carried out by the German team.

History[edit]

2008–09 season[edit]

Driver: Danny Watts, Dan Clarke

In his first outing for the team at Chengdu, Danny Watts took his first pole position in the Feature Race qualifying.

2007–08 season[edit]

Drivers: Oliver Jarvis, Robbie Kerr

For the third season running, Team Great Britain finished 3rd in the championship, with two victories and five podiums, including another near-perfect weekend at Brands Hatch.

2006–07 season[edit]

Drivers: Oliver Jarvis, Robbie Kerr, Darren Manning

Again, Team Great Britain finished third in the overall championship, but accumulated three race victories as well as seven podiums, including a near-perfect weekend in their home race.

2005–06 season[edit]

Drivers: Robbie Kerr, Darren Manning

A1 Team Great Britain was one of the first six seat holders in the series announced, with chairman John Surtees hosting the event. The car was unveiled to the public in September 2005, displaying a distinctive blue, red and white livery to reflect the colours of the flag of the United Kingdom, rather than Britain's traditional racing green colour.

Team Great Britain were the first team in the series to offer a testing role to a woman driver. Katherine Legge (who had previously tested a Formula One car for the now-defunct Minardi team), tested at the Dubai Autodrome during the United Arab Emirates race weekend.

The team finished 3rd in the championship, amassing eight podiums.

Drivers[edit]

Robbie Kerr negotiates Pilgrim's Drop at Brands Hatch during the 2005-06 curtain raiser.
Name Seasons Races
(Starts)
A1GP Title Wins Sprint
wins
Main
wins
2nd 3rd Poles Fastest
Laps
Points
United Kingdom Dan Clarke 2008-09 3 (6) 8
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis 2006-07, 2007-08 7 (14) 2 2 5 2 24
United Kingdom Robbie Kerr 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 23 (46) 3 3 11 4 4 2 154
United Kingdom Darren Manning 2005-06, 2006-07 2 (4) 1 15
United Kingdom Danny Watts 2008-09 3 (6) 2 1 20

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key), "spr" indicate a Sprint Race, "fea" indicate a Main Race. Results in bold indicate pole position, and results in italics inidicate fastest lap.

Year Racing
team
Chassis,
Engine,
Tyres
Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Points Rank
2005-06 Arden International Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
GBR spr GBR fea GER spr GER fea PRT spr PRT fea AUS spr AUS fea MYS spr MYS fea ARE spr ARE fea ZAF spr ZAF fea IDN spr IDN fea MEX spr MEX fea USA spr USA fea CHN spr CHN fea 97 3rd
Robbie Kerr 5 Ret Ret 2 Ret 12 5 2 3 Ret 9 2 2 Ret 2 10 11 6 4 3
Darren Manning 2 15
2006-07 A1 Team Great Britain Lola
Zytek
Cooper Avon
NED spr NED fea CZE spr CZE fea BEI spr BEI fea MYS spr MYS fea IDN spr IDN fea NZ spr NZ fea AUS spr AUS fea ZAF spr ZAF fea MEX spr MEX fea SHA spr SHA fea GBR spr GBR fea 92 3rd
Darren Manning 5 7
Robbie Kerr 9 6 5 2 3 Ret 8 Ret 19 10 9 2 1 2 1 2
Oliver Jarvis 7 2 2 1
2007-08 A1 Team Great Britain Lola
Zytek
Cooper Avon
NED spr NED fea CZE spr CZE fea MYS spr MYS fea ZHU spr ZHU fea NZ spr NZ fea AUS spr AUS fea ZAF spr ZAF fea MEX spr MEX fea SHA spr SHA fea GBR spr GBR fea 126 3rd
Oliver Jarvis 7 1 6 12 6 5 2 11 2 2
Robbie Kerr 2 17 Ret Ret 16 3 9 9 1 2
2008-09 A1 Team Great Britain Ferrari,
Ferrari,
Michelin
NetherlandsNED ChinaCHN MalaysiaMYS New ZealandNZL South AfricaRSA PortugalPOR United KingdomGBR 28 10th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Danny Watts 3 3 Ret 16 Ret 7
Dan Clarke 12 12 11 7 13 7

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