2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Great Britain

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Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2007-08 A1GP of United Kingdom
Brands Hatch.svg
Race Details
Race 10 of 10 in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season
Date May 4, 2008
Location Brands Hatch
Kent, United Kingdom
Sprint race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Robbie Kerr)
Time 1'14.424
Podium
1st Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Robbie Kerr)
2nd Flag of the United States.svg USA (Jonathan Summerton)
3rd Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China (Cong Fu Cheng)
Time 1'16.184, (Lap 14)
Feature race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of India.svg India (Narain Karthikeyan)
Time 1'14.682
Podium
1st Flag of India.svg India (Narain Karthikeyan)
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Robbie Kerr)
3rd Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time 1'15.997, (Lap 44)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Great Britain was an A1 Grand Prix race, held on May 4, 2008 at Brands Hatch, Kent, United Kingdom. It was the tenth and last meeting in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season.

With their results in the Sprint race, Switzerland was crowned as the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix champion.

Pre-race[edit]

Switzerland only needed to score 3 points more than New Zealand to become champions. Third position was also contested, as Great Britain had the possibility of taking the place away from France

Qualifying[edit]

At Great Britain's home track, Robbie Kerr qualified in pole position for the Sprint race, and on the front row for the Feature race. India earned their first pole position in A1GP, by qualifying on pole for the Feature race.[1] New Zealand, the only team that mathematically could still beat Switzerland for the title, only qualified in 10th and 17th positions.

Sprint race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'14.424 -
2 United States USA 1'14.426 +0.002
3 Switzerland Switzerland 1'14.772 +0.348
4 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'14.935 +0.511
5 India India 1'15.040 +0.616
6 Portugal Portugal 1'15.077 +0.653
7 South Africa South Africa 1'15.142 +0.718
8 France France 1'15.216 +0.792
9 Germany Germany 1'15.306 +0.882
10 New Zealand New Zealand 1'15.312 +0.888
11 Netherlands Netherlands 1'15.338 +0.914
12 Australia Australia 1'15.344 +0.920
13 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1'15.357 +0.933
14 Malaysia Malaysia 1'15.439 +1.015
15 Canada Canada 1'15.470 +1.046
16 China China 1'15.954 +1.530
17 Italy Italy 1'16.049 +1.625
18 Pakistan Pakistan 1'16.086 +1.662
19 Brazil Brazil 1'16.117 +1.693
20 Lebanon Lebanon 1'17.394 +2.970
21 Mexico Mexico 1'17.403 +2.979
22 Indonesia Indonesia 1'17.553 +3.129
Feature race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1 India India 1'14.682 -
2 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'14.909 +0.227
3 Switzerland Switzerland 1'14.957 +0.275
4 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'15.020 +0.338
5 Germany Germany 1'15.042 +0.360
6 France France 1'15.266 +0.584
7 South Africa South Africa 1'15.284 +0.602
8 China China 1'15.313 +0.631
9 United States USA 1'15.398 +0.716
10 Netherlands Netherlands 1'15.620 +0.938
11 Portugal Portugal 1'15.627 +0.945
12 Malaysia Malaysia 1'15.664 +0.982
13 Canada Canada 1'15.667 +0.985
14 Brazil Brazil 1'15.671 +0.989
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1'15.690 +1.008
16 Italy Italy 1'15.827 +1.145
17 New Zealand New Zealand 1'16.003 +1.321
18 Pakistan Pakistan 1'16.063 +1.381
19 Australia Australia 1'16.175 +1.493
20 Indonesia Indonesia 1'16.876 +2.194
21 Lebanon Lebanon 1'16.942 +2.260
22 Mexico Mexico 1'17.062 +2.380

Sprint race[edit]

After the start Great Britain took the lead ahead of USA, Ireland, Switzerland, India, Portugal, South Africa and New Zealand.[2] On Lap 4, Robbie Kerr set the fastest lap.
China attacked Australia for 14th, and India pressured Switzerland for 4th place, but the positions remained the same during the race. On Lap 12, Cong Fu Cheng (China) slowed and fell from 15th to 21st. But some laps later, Cheng took fastest lap. Adam Carroll (Ireland) and Jonathan Summerton (USA) fought for 2nd position, whilst Great Britain won the Sprint race at their home track..
In finishing 3rd, Neel Jani and Switzerland took the 2007-08 title.[3]

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 United Kingdom Great Britain Robbie Kerr 15 19'19.143 15
2 United States USA Jonathan Summerton 15 +1.126 12
3 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 15 +2.186 10
4 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 15 +4.125 8
5 India India Narain Karthikeyan 15 +4.467 6
6 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 15 +5.397 5
7 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 15 +6.114 4
8 New Zealand New Zealand Jonny Reid 15 +8.385 3
9 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 15 +9.825 2
10 France France Franck Montagny 15 +10.878 1
11 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 15 +11.203
12 Czech Republic Czech Republic Filip Salaquarda 15 +11.995
13 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 15 +14.354
14 Australia Australia John Martin 15 +15.846
15 Canada Canada James Hinchcliffe 15 +17.317
16 Brazil Brazil Alexandre Negrão 15 +18.107
17 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 15 +18.601
18 Pakistan Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 15 +23.887
19 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 15 +29.954
20 Mexico Mexico David Martínez 15 +30.322
21 China China Cong Fu Cheng 15 +31.521 +1
22 Lebanon Lebanon Khalil Beschir 15 +36.238

Feature race[edit]

It was 19 °C for the Feature race.[4] Mandatory pit stops were to take place between laps 8 and 16, and the second window was between laps 32 and 40. Switzerland already took the title, but New Zealand, France and Great Britain were all in contention for the 2nd and 3rd places overall.

India grabbed the lead off the start, ahead of Great Britain and Ireland. On Lap 2, Pakistan and Australia collided and hit the barriers. The Safety car was deployed. Alexandre Negrão (Brazil) had to pit to change the car's nose, following an off-track excursion on the first lap. The Safety car pulled in on Lap 8. Next lap, Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) passed Adrian Zaugg (South Africa) for eighth. India has a slow pit stop, and Great Britain exit the pits ahead of them. Adam Carroll (Ireland) was closing and pushing Narain Karthikeyan (India). Canada received a drive-through penalty on Lap 13 and another on Lap 17. After the first set of mandatory pit stops, Great Britain leads India, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, France, Switzerland, China, Netherlands and USA.

On Lap 17, Ireland pulled alongside India to pass into Westfield and both cars touch. Ireland's front wing was damaged by contact with the left-rear wheel of India's car. After the wing flew off a lap later, Ireland suffered a puncture. After pitting, Ireland fell out of the points. On Lap 21, Canada received a third drive-through penalty. On Lap 23, Ireland set the fastest lap. The window for the second set of mandatory pit stops opened on Lap 32 and India, Great Britain and Germany all pit. India takes the lead back after a slow stop from Great Britain. On Lap 38, Germany is out in the gravel and Malaysia retires to the pits with engine problems. On Lap 44, Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal) passes Jonny Reid (New Zealand) for seventh.

India win its second Feature race of the season. Great Britain is second ahead of Switzerland, China, France, Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand, Italy and Indonesia who score their first point of the season. With their second place, Great Britain took third place in the overall standings from France.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 India India Narain Karthikeyan 48 1:07'24.691 15
2 United Kingdom Great Britain Robbie Kerr 48 +1.078 12
3 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 48 +8.725 10
4 China China Cong Fu Cheng 48 +9.132 8
5 France France Franck Montagny 48 +12.960 6
6 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 48 +15.538 5
7 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 48 +15.714 4
8 New Zealand New Zealand Jonny Reid 48 +19.862 3
9 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 48 +26.353 2
10 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 48 +49.268 1
11 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 48 +49.661
12 United States USA Jonathan Summerton 48 +50.032
13 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 48 +50.247 +1
14 Brazil Brazil Alexandre Negrão 48 +1'00.662
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic Filip Salaquarda 47 +1 lap
16 Mexico Mexico Jorge Goeters 47 +1 lap
17 Canada Canada James Hinchcliffe 47 +1 lap
18 Lebanon Lebanon Khalil Beschir 46 +2 laps
19 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 39 +9 laps
20 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 39 +9 laps
21 Pakistan Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 2 +46 laps
22 Australia Australia John Martin 2 +46 laps

After race[edit]

On Monday 5 May, the A1GP's Gala Awards were celebrated at the Hilton Park Lane in London, at the end of its 2007-08 season.[5] The awards presented at the event were:

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ India grabs first ever pole a1gp.com (May 03, 2008)
  2. ^ Sprint race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (May 04, 2008)
  3. ^ Switzerland takes 2007/08 title a1gp.com (May 04, 2008)
  4. ^ Feature race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (May 04, 2008)
  5. ^ A1GP's Gala Awards a1gp.com (May 05, 2008)
  6. ^ New Zealand starts strongly a1gp.com (May 02, 2008)

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