Beijing: Team Pakistan race report

CHALLENGING RACE FOR A1 TEAM PAKISTAN IN BEIJING, CHINA A1 Team Pakistan today completed the third round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Beijing, China. Painted in national colours, the A1 Team Pakistan car raced alongside 21 other...

CHALLENGING RACE FOR A1 TEAM PAKISTAN IN BEIJING, CHINA

A1 Team Pakistan today completed the third round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Beijing, China. Painted in national colours, the A1 Team Pakistan car raced alongside 21 other nations for A1GP's first event in the 2008 Olympic city. Due to difficulties with the brand new street circuit, grid positions for today's Sprint race were taken from Saturday's practice session, with A1 Team Pakistan lining up 22nd on the grid.

Starting the race behind the pace car, racing commenced on lap two for a short time, before an accident involving A1 Team South Africa resulted in a safety car period, which would last until lap 11. With overtaking prohibited under safety car conditions, A1 Team Pakistan had little chance to improve on their grid position, with the team finishing the 14 lap Sprint race 21st , the position Ali would take for the Feature race. In what turned out to be a race of attrition on one of the most challenging tracks of the A1GP calendar, nine cars failed to cross the line in the Feature race.

Countries with established motorsport heritage such as Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands hit problems which terminated their afternoons. A1 Team Pakistan also failed to finish the race after the car hit a bump and spun off the racing line. Managing to stop the car before it hit the wall, Ali kept the engine running and hoped to rejoin the race, but was pushed off the track by circuit officials. Nur Ali said "This was a frustrating race, I'm still at a bit of a disadvantage as one of the lesser experienced drivers in the A1GP car and it would have been good to have completed more laps and flown the Pakistani flag for a bit longer. I think had the marshals allowed me to continue, we could have had a good race and got in the points. Obviously, I'm disappointed, but my thoughts now are on the next round in Malaysia."

Arif Husain, A1 Team Pakistan Chairman said, "This was a really challenging race for all the drivers and Nur has had much less time in the A1GP car than most. Although it was disappointing not to finish the Feature race, Nur and the team are continuing to build a solid relationship and understanding which will help us in the races to come. The whole team is now looking forward to representing Pakistan in Malaysia later this month".

A1 Team Pakistan will head to the A1GP Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia, 24-26 November, for the fourth round in this global series.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali