Durban: Team Brazil race report

A1 Team Brazil In The Points in Durban A1 Team Brasil equalled its best result of the 2006/07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport when Bruno Junqueira finished this afternoon's feature race in Durban, South Africa, in seventh position, scoring four ...

A1 Team Brazil In The Points in Durban

A1 Team Brasil equalled its best result of the 2006/07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport when Bruno Junqueira finished this afternoon's feature race in Durban, South Africa, in seventh position, scoring four points. It was a good result for the team, who had suffered mechanical problems and crash damage for the whole weekend, and started the feature race from 17th on the grid. Bruno also scored the first points for the team since the Beijing round in November.

After qualifying in 18th yesterday with a hurriedly prepared A1GP spare car, after sustaining crash damage in yesterday morning's practice, Bruno began the 15-lap sprint race from the ninth row of the grid. On the first corner after the rolling start, two cars in front of Bruno collided, leaving the Brazilian with nowhere to go. He tapped the rear of another car and was forced in the pits for a nose-cone change, emerging in 21st. Over the coming laps he was able to take advantage of three retirements, and then passed Pakistan on the final lap, to cross the line in 17th.

Bruno made a good, clean start in the 70-minute feature race, avoiding a difficult first corner in which a lot of cars encountered problems. He was up to tenth by the end of the first lap, and after the round of pitstops, just outside of the points in 11th. On lap 17 he passed China to occupy tenth, and then gained three further positions to move into seventh, the position in which he finished, collecting four points for the team.

Bruno Junqueira:

Sprint Race: "I did a good start but I didn't want to take any risks. I could have tried to go from 18th to 10th but I thought it was better to be safe. But then two cars crashed in front of me on the exit of the corner and I just didn't have anywhere to go and I hit some car and had to come into the pits. We were setting some fast lap-times but I was a lap down."

Feature Race: "At the start I gained quite a few positions, especially when some guys had a problem at the first corner. Then someone stopped and I went to ninth, I passed a guy for eighth and then another car stopped and I was in seventh. I had a couple of runs at the Portugal car but he blocked me, which is how it works here. I still had a lot of push-to-pass available, but I didn't take any huge risks. Seventh is the good result for the team, especially after such a terrible weekend, just to finish with the car in one piece for the boys and get a solid finish. I'm never happy to be seventh but, looking at the whole situation, it's good."

Fernando Paiva, Team Principal: "Getting seventh today was a nice effort for the troubles we've had all weekend, which endured through the sprint race this morning. Having a crash on the first corner doesn't help, but I think Bruno, being the professional that he is, held himself together well to get the result this afternoon. I guess the way that this season has been going, this result is a good effort for us to build on. We really need to go to the next three races and get back to where we belong, so points here in Durban sets the stage for that.

-credit: team brazil

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Series A1GP
Drivers Bruno Junqueira