Eastern Creek: Team USA race report

A1 Team USA Finishes Eighth in Australia Secures Three Championship Points EASTERN CREEK, Australia-After a poor start for A1 Team USA, driver Phil Giebler pushed hard throughout the Australian A1GP...

                  A1 Team USA Finishes Eighth in Australia

Secures Three Championship Points

EASTERN CREEK, Australia-After a poor start for A1 Team USA, driver Phil Giebler pushed hard throughout the Australian A1GP Feature Race to finish the day in eighth place and earn three championship points.

In a tough start to Sunday's Feature Race, Giebler slipped from eighth to eleventh position by the end of the first lap. As other teams began pitting, A1 Team USA moved up to third. After leaving the pits in 12th place following eleven laps, Giebler overtook France in Lap 12 and opportunistically worked his way up the field. The "We The People" car then remained in a intensely competitive battle with Team Switzerland, racing neck and neck till the end of the race to an eventual eighth place finish.

In the morning's Sprint Race, A1 Team USA finished eighth as well, after a bad start and subsequent push to make up position.

Said Giebler following the Feature: "It's always disappointing to lose key positions at the start of the race, but at the same time, on a track in which passing is so difficult, it was vindicating to move up the grid successfully and, in the end, be able to walk away from the weekend with three championship points."

"The Team did a good job of getting us back in the game after our poor start in the Feature Race," said A1 Team USA owner Rick Weidinger. "Although Phil did well to battle back and defend his position, it is tough once you lose three positions on the grid at the start of the race. More and more we are seeing how critical the start and pit stops are in this exciting and very competitive racing series. Overall, we are pleased with the development of our rookie driver Jonathan and the fact that we finished eighth out of 22 this Sunday in Australia. The Team will now prepare and pack up the car for one of our favorite races on the calendar - the street race of South Africa."

The A1GP race in Australia can be seen in the USA, Canada and Mexico on Wednesday, February 7th at 4 PM on the Speed Channel.

A1 Team USA currently holds the 12th place in A1GP standings with 24 points. Next up, Team USA heads to South Africa for the eighth race of the season in Durban on February 25th.

-credit: team usa

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