Durban: Team Pakistan race report

First points of the season for A1 Team Pakistan in South Africa A1 Team Pakistan and Nur Ali made Pakistan proud today, with the team's first points of the 2006/07 season. The fast and furious racing got underway in Durban, South Africa, with...

First points of the season for A1 Team Pakistan in South Africa

A1 Team Pakistan and Nur Ali made Pakistan proud today, with the team's first points of the 2006/07 season. The fast and furious racing got underway in Durban, South Africa, with 23 teams competing for the pride of their nation as part of the eighth round in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The spectacular race, which last year won the award for 'Best Presented Event', is one of the most colourful and exciting races of the A1GP season.

Ali raced in front of a sell out crowd around Durban's narrow streets, and was one of only nine teams to finish both the Sprint and Feature races, finishing 18th and 10th respectively. Ali was delighted with the result, commenting, "First of all I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to race in A1GP for Pakistan. This is a great result and it is for everyone in Pakistan. Thank you to all those A1 Team Pakistan supporters around the world who have been so great this season.

"The races were difficult today, we were the victims of two accidents in the Feature race and had to use reverse a couple of times, but fortunately, nothing got broken. I followed our strategy to stay out of trouble and get the car to the end and it worked. It's a really great result and I hope we can carry this momentum into the last three races of the season. The programme for the season only came together at the very last minute but I think this result shows we are making progress."

A1 Team Pakistan Team Manager, Bobby Issazadhe added, "It's a brilliant, brilliant result, it was obviously a very difficult race. Many top drivers made mistakes and went off, but Nur did a perfect job, he followed instructions and the strategy we had talked about to score his first points in A1GP. Hopefully there will be more to come.

"Radio communication here is absolutely crucial. We were talking to Nur constantly on the radio, and he did a great a job to take in all the information and stay out of trouble. Also Race Control did a great job this weekend, there were a lot of incidents and the teams were immediately informed of every situation."

A1 Team Seatholder Arif Husain was delighted with the team's performance, "Nur and the team made Pakistan proud today. Pakistan does not have a significant motorsport heritage and to score a point in an international series alongside countries such as Germany, Great Britain and Brazil is a great achievement."

A1 Team Pakistan will now take a four week break, before heading west for the A1GP Mexico on March 25. The Mexican round of the series will take place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, replacing last year's event in Monterrey.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali