Brands Hatch: Team Ireland Sunday notes

Podium for Ireland at season finale Brands Hatch, UK: Adam Carroll finished third in this morning's Sprint race for Belmayne A1 Team Ireland at Brands Hatch, UK, securing a top six championship placing. As the cars came round the...

Podium for Ireland at season finale

Brands Hatch, UK: Adam Carroll finished third in this morning's Sprint race for Belmayne A1 Team Ireland at Brands Hatch, UK, securing a top six championship placing.

As the cars came round the final corner for the rolling start, Adam Carroll placed himself right alongside Switzerland in third and made a fantastic move around the outside through Paddock Hill to take the position. He then began chasing the leading duo of GBR and USA but couldn't get close enough to make a move in the 15-lap race.

In the Feature race Adam made another terrific start to jump Switzerland into P3 and began putting pressure on GB up ahead until the safety car came out on lap four. On the restart he continued to pile on the pressure until the first round of pit stops reshuffled the front runners. Team GB led from India with Ireland all over the back of him in third.

After the first pit stop, Adam was right on the tail of India's Narain Karthikeyan and eventually got alongside going into Westfield resulting in contact as India closed the door damaging Ireland's front wing. The wing flew off a couple of laps later puncturing the right front tyre and sending Adam flying through the gravel at Clearways. He did a fantastic job to recover to the pits and after some swift work from the crew was back on track putting in fastest lap after fastest lap. As the quickest man on track for the majority of the race, gaining a point for fastest lap with a 1m 15.997s was a small consolation. The podium earlier in the day also secured sixth in the championship with Belmayne A1 Team Ireland taking 94-points in its best A1 season to date.

The team is now looking forward to the challenges the new car will bring in Season Four and the race-winning team will be raring to go at the 2008/09 season opener in Italy at the end of September.

Adam Carroll: "Going into the top hairpin India locked up and went wide so I just stayed on the racing line. I couldn't overtake him so he should have just stayed where he was because you can't just keep turning in. I was as tight as I could've been and he just turned too hard right and hit me. I tried to hang on but a few laps later the wing exploded and ripped the wheel out of my hand so I was lucky we didn't have a bigger shunt! I think it was an exciting race as there was a lot of battling out there! To get fastest lap is great but we had such a good chance to win today. We're confident for next season though and hopefully we'll get the new car and come back next season and win!"

Dan Walmsley, Race Engineer: "We got off to a great start this morning with the podium and it was clear the pace was in the car to win the race it's just unfortunate that's its difficult to overtake around this track. We had a lot of confidence this afternoon but India closed the door a little unceremoniously as Adam was challenging for second and damaged our front wing. We then tried to go for fastest lap and its satisfying to tick that box but the whole teams knows what the result could have been. We've shown everyone this season our true pace , what a great team we have and that Adam is a fantastic racer so we're looking forward coming back next season and trying to deliver the same, if not better results."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal: "It's been a fantastic day for the team with another podium at the third race in succession. In the Feature we proved we would have been the class of the field had it not been for the incident with Team India; fastest lap drilled that message home. The team has done a super job all weekend and whilst there's slight disappointment that we didn't get the win in the Feature race that was there for us to take, it's been a very strong day for Team Ireland and over the course of this year we've made a huge step forwards."

-credit: ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Narain Karthikeyan , Adam Carroll