A1 Team Ireland

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A1 Team Ireland
Ireland
Founded 2005
Seat holder(s) Mark Gallagher
Teddy Yip, Jr.
John P. Hynes
Team principal Mark Gallagher
Race driver(s) Adam Carroll
Niall Quinn
Car nickname Celtic Tiger
First race 2005-06 Great Britain
Rounds entered 39 (78 starts)
Championships 1
Sprint race victories 3
Feature race victories 3
Pole positions 6
Fastest laps 9
Total points 282
2008-09 position 1st (112 pts)

A1 Team Ireland is the Irish team of A1 Grand Prix, an international racing series. The team were the A1 Grand Prix champions for the fourth season, 2008-09.

The team[edit]

The team is owned by Status Grand Prix and the seat holders are Mark Gallagher, Teddy Yip, Jr., John P. Hynes and David Kennedy.[1] Eden Rock Sports plan out the team activity but Mark Gallagher, drivers' manager and senior manager in the former Formula One team Jordan Grand Prix, is the managing director and team principal of A1 Team Ireland.[2]

History[edit]

The inaugural team's 2005-06 car was presented to the public on 15 September 2005.[3] For that debut season, Ralph Firman was the team's principal driver, scoring the team its first podium in Portugal to finish 8th overall in the championship. The series organisers awarded the team for being the best presented team,[4] the first of three consecutive wins for A1 Team Ireland.

In its second season, the team did not perform quite as well. The best result achieved that season was fifth place in the Feature race at Shanghai, and the team finished in a disappointing 19th place.

For the 2007-08 season, Ralph Firman secured some points at the season opener in Zandvoort before Adam Carroll took over as the A1 Team Ireland principal driver. He went on to get four podium finishes in his debut season and record the team's first Feature Race victory in Mexico City. After winning Ireland's Dunlop Racing Driver of the Year, Niall Quinn joined the team as the Rookie Driver. A1 Team Ireland ended Season Three in 6th position, helping them to win the 'Most Improved Team' award at the 2007/08 Gala Awards. A1 Team Ireland have won the A1GP award for best presented team in all three seasons alongside winning the 'Most Appealing Livery' trophy for their stunning green car in Season Two.[5]

In the 2008-09 season, Adam Carroll returned as lead driver, as the team set its sights on a full championship assault. As rookie driver, Niall Quinn provided the engineers with important feedback, and getting each race weekend off to a flying start. A1 Team Ireland were championship contenders most of the season, and won the championship at the last event of the season at Brands Hatch, with a dominant performance.

Drivers[edit]

Name Seasons Rounds
(Starts)
Titles Wins Sprint
wins
Feature
wins
2nd 3rd Poles Fastest
Laps
Points
Adam Carroll 2007-08, 2008-09 16 (32 starts) 1 6 3 3 3 3 6 6 198
Michael Devaney 2005-06, 2006-07 7 (14 starts) 16
Ralph Firman 2005-06, 2007-08 9 (18 starts) 1 3 61
Richard Lyons 2006-07 7 (14 starts) 7

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key), "spr" indicates the Sprint Race, "fea" indicates the Feature Race.

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 Status Grand Prix Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
United Kingdom
GBR
Germany
GER
Portugal
POR
Australia
AUS
Malaysia
MYS
United Arab Emirates
UAE
South Africa
RSA
Indonesia
INA
Mexico
MEX
United States
USA
China
CHN
68 8th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Michael Devaney 10 Ret 4 14 4 Ret
Ralph Firman 9 6 19 3 7 9 4 Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 5 6
2006–07 Status Grand Prix Lola
Zytek
Cooper Avon
Netherlands
NED
Czech Republic
CZE
China
BEI
Malaysia
MYS
Indonesia
INA
New Zealand
NZL
Australia
AUS
South Africa
RSA
Mexico
MEX
China
SHA
United Kingdom
GBR
8 19th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Michael Devaney 15 14 13 13 20 Ret 14 10
Richard Lyons 17 12 Ret 19 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 16 12 5 8 DSQ
2007–08 Status Grand Prix Lola
Zytek
Cooper Avon
Netherlands
NED
Czech Republic
CZE
Malaysia
MYS
China
ZHU
New Zealand
NZL
Australia
AUS
South Africa
RSA
Mexico
MEX
China
SHA
United Kingdom
GBR
94 6th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Ralph Firman 8 6
Adam Carroll 3 6 7 7 4 16 6 5 15 13 15 Ret 4 1 11 3 3 13
2008–09 Status Grand Prix Ferrari,
Ferrari,
Michelin
NetherlandsNED ChinaCHN MalaysiaMYS New ZealandNZL South AfricaRSA PortugalPOR United KingdomGBR 112 1st
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Adam Carroll Ret Ret 1 2 5 1 1 2 4 Ret 2 5 1 1

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

  • a1teamireland.com Official A1 Team Ireland website
  • Twitter Official Twitter page for A1 Team Ireland
  • Facebook Official Facebook fan page for A1 Team Ireland
  • Bebo Official Bebo Profile for A1 Team Ireland
  • YouTube Official YouTube page for A1 Team Ireland
  • edenrocksports.com Eden Rock Sports official website
  • a1gp.com Official A1 Grand Prix Web Site
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Switzerland
Switzerland
A1 Grand Prix Champion
2008–09
Succeeded by
None