Beijing: Team Ireland race report

No joy for Ireland in Beijing street battle Beijing, China, 12 November; Ireland's A1GP team suffered a double blow in today's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport race in Beijing, China, when Michael Devaney suffered accidents in both the Sprint and ...

No joy for Ireland in Beijing street battle

Beijing, China, 12 November; Ireland's A1GP team suffered a double blow in today's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport race in Beijing, China, when Michael Devaney suffered accidents in both the Sprint and Feature events. The Rathfarnham driver could not avoid a collision with the South African car after it spun in the Sprint Race, forcing the Irish car to pit for a new nose section, while in the Feature Race Devaney struck the wall a glancing blow after 3 laps puncturing the left rear tyre and damaging the suspension.

Having qualified 11th for today's event Devaney was hopeful of a top ten finish in the Sprint Race, but the collision with the South African car damaged his car's front wing. Having pitted and rejoined in 21st position he overtook the Team Pakistan entry to finish 20th. His Feature Race was to last only a short time before, braking hard behind a train of cars at the tight hairpin his car glanced against the wall, forcing him into retirement.

Michael Devaney, Driver, Result: Did Not Finish - Accident

"There was nothing I could really do about it. The cars in front were under heavy braking for the hairpin and as I tried to slow down and avoid hitting Lebanon in front of me I moved into the middle of the track. The car jumped out of line and the left rear hit the wall, enough to puncture the tyre and cause some damage. It's been a difficult weekend here, we just don't seem to have anything going our way at the moment."

Andy Miller, Race Engineer

"It's been a tough weekend what with the track time so limited by the problems with the track during practice and qualifying, and then the incident in the Sprint Race was one of those things that can easily happen on a tight street circuit where you can never know what's just around the next corner. What happened in the Feature Race was also typical in that your speed is dictated by the cars in front and if you have to suddenly brake or go off line it can lead to trouble."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal

"Three races into the new A1GP season without any championship points scored is disappointing for the entire team, our sponsors and supporters back home. Having found some problems with the chassis after the last race and rectified them we just never seemed to get into this weekend at all. I think it's fair to say everyone in the team is really frustrated with the position we are in at present."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Michael Devaney