Early exit for Pakistan at season finale A1 Team Pakistan endured a disappointing end to the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend, as a racing incident with A1 Team Australia put Adam Khan out of action in the Feature...
Early exit for Pakistan at season finale
A1 Team Pakistan endured a disappointing end to the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend, as a racing incident with A1 Team Australia put Adam Khan out of action in the Feature race at the A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain. In the earlier Sprint race, Khan finished 18th.
Starting from 18th on the grid for the 20 minute Sprint race, Khan was passed by the Brazilian car on the first lap, putting the team in 19th place. In a fairly uneventful race, positions remained unchanged until China fell down the field, promoting Pakistan to 18th - the position maintained to the chequered flag.
While the team made last minute changes and checks ahead of the main event, Khan took part in the traditional drivers' parade, which saw the 22 A1GP drivers aboard an open-top London bus for a tour of the Brands Hatch circuit. Following a colourful opening ceremony, the tension rose in the crowd as the start of the Feature race drew closer.
As the lights went out to start the 70 minute Feature race, Khan found himself squeezed by a number of other cars in the short run down to the first corner. With no where to go, the 22 year-old driver managed to maintain his position and vigorously defended from A1 Team Australia behind him. On lap two, the Australian driver tried to find a way past Khan which resulted in a clash between the two cars, with the Pakistan car slamming into the barriers. Khan climbed from the car unhurt, but the team's race was over.
An understandably disappointed Khan said, "This really isn't the way I wanted to end the season. We've all put a lot of work into this season and it's such a shame to have crashed out of the Feature race before we were able to show what we were capable of. I knew that John [Martin] was behind me and then he came along side. I defended my position and we banged wheels, which sent me into the crash barriers. Its not at all satisfying to end the season like this and I'm sorry that we weren't able to deliver a better result for all the fans in Pakistan."
Team Manager John Allen added, "It's a disappointing way to end the season. The entire team has put a lot of effort into this weekend, and to see our race end so early was very depressing. Adam was defending his position from Australia, and unfortunately the two clashed which resulted in Adam crashing into the barriers. Unfortunately this is often the case in a high pressure race environment and I think we can just put this down to a racing incident."
This weekend's event concluded a 10 race season, which has seen A1 Team Pakistan travel to nine different countries across five continents. It was also the last outing of the current A1GP cars, which will be replaced next season by new generation of car, with design input and powered by the famous Italian marque Ferrari.