Sentul: Team France race report

France takes eleventh win in Indonesia Sentul, Indonesia - Sunday, 12 February 2006 A1 Team France took another victory in the sprint race at Sentul (Indonesia), its eleventh from sixteen races this season. Nicolas Lapierre drove to victory in...

France takes eleventh win in Indonesia

Sentul, Indonesia - Sunday, 12 February 2006 A1 Team France took another victory in the sprint race at Sentul (Indonesia), its eleventh from sixteen races this season. Nicolas Lapierre drove to victory in the sprint race, and endured an eventful feature race before finishing eighth. The team scored a total of 13 points today and keeps the lead of the Championship.

"After passing Robbie Kerr at turn 12 at the end of the first lap, my sprint race was trouble-free until the last lap," said Lapierre. "The car worked very well. I scored the fastest lap and I was able to extend my lead throughout the race. In the end I finished with quite a large margin over everyone else. It was a fantastic feeling to race in front of so many spectators the grandstands were full everywhere."

"In the feature race I didn't have such a good start," Lapierre added. "Then this race turned out to be the toughest and worst of my season. I was fourth after the second lap and then lost my front wing with 33 laps to go and had to go back to the pits for repairs. It was a tough fight from the back of the grid. The safety car came out after I spun at the first corner and luckily I was able to drive out of the gravel without damage to the car and could continue chasing down the rest of the drivers. I was determined to finish in a good position and tried to fight my way back into the top ten. It worked out and I finished in eighth place winning another three points."

Jean-Paul Driot, team Principal of A1 Team France, added: "I would like to congratulate the team and Nicolas Lapierre for the 11th win of the season. Of course, I am disappointed with the problems we encountered during the feature race. Scoring 13 points and keeping the lead of the championship is the most important thing for the rest of the season as we have widenth the gap with GB and Brazil."

After the eighth round of the new A1 Grand Prix Series, Team A1 France has won for the 11th time of the season extended its lead in the championship with a total of 132 points. The team has notched up eleven victories. The next round will be staged at Monterrey (Mexico), Feb 24-26, where Alexandre Premat is the nominated driver.

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr , Nicolas Lapierre