Eastern Creek: Team France race report

Duval earns France one more podium and points in the two races Sunday, February 04, 2007 A1 Team France Loic Duval finished third in the sprint race at Eastern Creek adding a third consecutive podium to his collection, during the 20 ...

Duval earns France one more podium and points in the two races

Sunday, February 04, 2007 A1 Team France Loic Duval finished third in the sprint race at Eastern Creek adding a third consecutive podium to his collection, during the 20 minutes-long sprint-race. In the 50 lap-long feature race Loic scored two more points and a ninth place. During the race, the weather remained overcast, but the track was dry.

Duval said: "It was a tough start from the sprint race. I was surprised by New Zealand, Jonny Reid and Great Britain, Robbie Kerr's aggressive strategy. I made a big mistake at the start. The first corner is quite bumpy and I used three push to passes. I waited for the right moment to overtake and after the restart behind the pace car I passed Robbie Kerr in good conditions. The car was not perfect so we have to improve it a bit leaving from three to fight for first place."

Duval scored two more points with a ninth place in the 50-lap feature race. With 52 points France is in third place in the championship.

Loic Duval added:" I had a slow start and lost two positions. I was hoping to make up but we lost time in the pit-stop and I only rejoined the race in 12th place. I pushed as hard as I could, but there is only one place to overtake in good conditions on this track and I could only make it up to 9t.h"

Eric Boullier, Managing Director A1 Team France added: "Loic Duval completed his third consecutive podium in the sprint race. He had a good race and the third place that he earned after passing Robbie Kerr after the restart behind the safety car was outstanding. A good preparation to the feature race. But Loic lost at the start and then the safety car came out stopping his efforts. During the pitstop, we had a problem with a wheel and lost 7 positions. Loic did his best but with a ninth finish today, France has lost one position in the overall championship classification.

See you in Durban for the eighth race of the season on Sunday, 25 Feb, 2007

-credit: team france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr , Loic Duval , Jonny Reid