Team France breaks its 2007/08 duck! A1 Team France won the Sprint Race on the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia, which hosted the sixth round of the A1 GP Championship this weekend. LoÃ¯c Duval dominated his rivals despite a violent shower ...
Team France breaks its 2007/08 duck!
A1 Team France won the Sprint Race on the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia, which hosted the sixth round of the A1 GP Championship this weekend. Loïc Duval dominated his rivals despite a violent shower mid-race, and took the flag with 9 seconds in hand over the second- placed driver.
Unfortunately, a mechanical problem dashed the team's hopes in the Feature Race. Loïc was hit with a clutch failure just before the formation lap and had to start from the rear of the field. He made a thrilling comeback clawing his way up from twenty-second to eighth place in pouring rain, but his progress was stopped dead with around 10 laps to go by an electrical glitch due to the wet weather. A1 Team France leaves Australia as joint leaders with New Zeeland in terms of points, but is still, in fact, in second place, as the Kiwis have won 2 more races.
The next A1GP Championship event will take place in Durban, South Africa, between 22nd and 24th February.
Olivier Panis, sporting director: "We almost accomplished our mission for the weekend as we're now dead-heating in terms of points with New Zealand at the top of the classification. Our retirement in the Feature Race -our first since the start of the season- is very frustrating, though. We'd be the new leaders had we crossed the finishing line. But that's racing, and we've got nothing to be ashamed of. The team did a great job over the weekend reacting in the right fashion to the changing conditions. Bravo to everybody!"
Loïc Duval: "I really wanted to leave Sydney with at least one victory. And I did! It's a good morale booster for the whole team. We've felt this result was coming for several races now, but we never managed to nail it until today. My retirement in the Feature event is a bit disappointing, but we did our very best and there's nothing to be ashamed of. This weekend, we were on the pace yet again and we didn't make any mistakes. We're on level pegging with our direct rival. Now, we've got four meetings left to get in front and stay there!"
-credit: team france