Brno: Team Pakistan race report

MIXED FORTUNES FOR A1 TEAM PAKISTAN IN BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC A1 Team Pakistan, today completed its second race weekend of the new season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, in Brno, Czech Republic. The team's Pakistani driver, Nur Ali, was...

MIXED FORTUNES FOR A1 TEAM PAKISTAN IN BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC

A1 Team Pakistan, today completed its second race weekend of the new season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, in Brno, Czech Republic. The team's Pakistani driver, Nur Ali, was racing with the team and showed an improvement in pace as he progressed through the weekend.

In the Sprint race with a back of pack start Ali wisely avoided the melee of cars bunching for the first corner and by the end of the lap had improved two positions. Across the short race distance he was able to gain more race experience and by the chequered flag lay in 20th spot.

The afternoon feature race of 38 laps began with a colourful opening ceremony and drivers parade. >From a standing start the field of A1GP cars raced down to the first corner and by the end of the lap Ali had improved two positions. He took a further position on the second lap and then maintained his place in the early stages. Unfortunately a driveshaft failure on lap 10 forced the Pakistan team to retire from the race and Ali's Brno experience prematurely ended for him.

Ali said at the end of the races, "During the Sprint race I had some issues with the gearshift, but after the race we looked at it and it seemed fine, but in the Feature race I had a broken driveshaft we finished my day for me. I wish I could have had more seat time, but we'll be back in China. My weekend may have been difficult, but it is nothing compared to what my brothers and sisters lived through, It was my first thought when I woke this morning and my heart is with all the people affected by the tragic events of a year ago today, the devastation of the earthquake in the Northern area."

Arif Husain, Chairman, A1 Team Pakistan, added, "This weekend Nur has shown improvement in his pace and the team has continued to develop together, working hard to put out a good car and give Nur experience in the A1GP car. It's a shame that he didn't finish the Feature race, but it's a rare failure and I'm sure we'll regroup and be back with renewed confidence and looking to put on a good performance in Beijing. I echo Nur's words and my thoughts are also with all those who suffered in the terrible events of a year ago."

The A1GP series now heads to Asia for the third round of racing, with the next event taking place in Beijing, China. It will be the first street circuit of this season and is expected to be a major spectacle in the city. The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Beijing, will be held from 10 -- 12 November 2006.

-credit: team pakistan

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