Brands Hatch: Team Czech Sunday notes

Salaquarda just missed point Filip Salaquarda and the Czech A1GP finished the third A1GP season without point finish at the Brands Hatch finale although they were very close. The young Praguer was 12th in the sprint and was fighting for 10th in...

Salaquarda just missed point

Filip Salaquarda and the Czech A1GP finished the third A1GP season without point finish at the Brands Hatch finale although they were very close. The young Praguer was 12th in the sprint and was fighting for 10th in the feature race when a rival drove him off the road.

British crowds were enthusiastic as always on the full grandstands of the classic track and they saw the final round of the 2007/2008 A1GP season. The sprint race was a pretty smooth one and the home team scored the win. The Czech team ran competitively and Salaquarda was in touch with a group of cars ahead. He started 13th and was 12th under the flag.

The Czech team hoped for more in the feature race although Salaquarda was 15th on the grid. The beginning of the race saw the only one safety car phase after Australia and Pakistan collided and crashed hard. Salaquarda improved to 12th after the first stop and his lap times were same like the rivals directly ahead. However, the second mandatory stop brought a major blow to the ambition after the car stalled. The precious seconds and positions were lost. Salaquarda was still in the hunt for the points in the last laps and after following the Indonesian car for few laps he decided to risk an attack in the last lap to gain the tenth position. He managed to squeeze ahead before the Turn 2 but got a punch from behind that sent the car to the gravel trap. He was still classified 15th.

The Czech team scored 10 points during the course of the season, one got Erik Janis and nine Tomas Enge, and finished 19th overall. Switzerland won the championship.

Filip Salaquarda: "We had definitely pace to get some points today. I had a good start in the sprint and gained a place. I felt that I am a bit faster than the cars ahead but this is a track where overtaking is extremely difficult even if you are half a second or second faster. I was waiting for any opportunity but it did not come. The start of the feature race was not ideal and I lost my position but managed to gain it back at the Turn 2. I was keeping in touch and waited for the firs stop. We gained few positions there but the second stint was a tricky one. The car oversteered a lot and I had to be very careful. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of time during the second stop when I stalled and the engine did not fire up quickly. We still have a chance to get the last point. I pushed the Indonesian very hard and tried to force him to make a mistake. He did it at the first corner of the last lap and I was ahead when we approached turn 2. I do not know what he was thinking but he simply pushed me out of the road. This is not the way you should race and I am very disappointed with his behaviour. I hope that he will at least come and apologise."

Antonin Charouz, Seat holder: "Obviously points would have been better but it did not happen. Filip did the right thing in the last lap he had to try to get a point scoring position. The season has just finished we have to sit down, calmly analyse everything and only afterwards we will decide about our future in the A1GP."

-credit: czech

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Series A1GP
Drivers Tomas Enge , Erik Janis , Antonin Charouz , Filip Salaquarda