Beijing: Team France race report

Nicolas finishes a startling fourth after starting 17th on the grid Beijing - Sunday, November 12, 2006 - Nicolas Lapierre finished the feature race a startling fourth after starting 17th on the grid which reflected the good progress of the team...

Nicolas finishes a startling fourth after starting 17th on the grid

Beijing - Sunday, November 12, 2006 - Nicolas Lapierre finished the feature race a startling fourth after starting 17th on the grid which reflected the good progress of the team fighting its way up throughout a logistically difficult week-end.

Nicolas qualified the results of the Sunday morning additional warm-up as " an encouraging sign after yesterday's bad luck encountered as the official practice was red flagged" after finishing 7th best time , covering 8 laps with a best time of 59.766.

Nicolas started from a 21st position. He improved to finished 17th the short 20 laps long race neutralized during seven laps behind the safety car.

At 3pm, the rolling start of the feature race seemed easy to Nicolas. Immediately the car had a good pace. France's Nicolas Lapierre who had left in seventeenth place made his way up in a fantastic way to finish in a fourth place.

Nicolas Lapierre said: "It is an incredible achievement to start 17th and finish 4th. At one point, I simply thought I would never make it to the end. Three laps before the end, I was feeling that I had no more brakes. On the penultimate lap, I thought I was going to touch with James Hincliffe as the Canadian went into the wall. I really would like to thank the mechanics the engineers and all the team. They all worked very late last night to rebuilt completely the car and found the origin of the problem that was slowing us down since the Brno race. A real great team-work including Loic Duval's efforts to show the times panel at every lap during the event. We should have gone higher if the week-end had been complete. But nevermind, this fourth place is worth a win.

Eric Boullier, Team Manager: "A difficult week-end finishing on a high positive note: We solved the electronical engine problems on the car. We finished fourth the feature race after a difficult qualifying and gathered seven points over the week-end. The mechanics and engineers have done a fantastic work around Nicolas Lapierre all week-end. The start was difficult, but we really enjoyed the first street Beijing event and certainly hope to come back next year and show our real potential on the China track."

A1 Team France, being the first winner of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2005, is one of 22 teams contesting in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2006. After the third round in China, A1 Team has scored 15 points in the Championship.

-credit: team france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nicolas Lapierre , Loic Duval