Mexican A1 Team takes third place in the Championship

SENTUL, Indonesia (December 10, 2006) - Mexican driver Salvador Duran clinched his fourth podium in the A1 Grand Prix season, after finishing second in the Sprint race during round fifth held this weekend at the 4.12-Km. Sentul International Circuit, in Indonesia. With this effort, the Mexican team becomes the sole lone owner of the third place in the championship that shared after the last race with Malaysia and France.

"From the very first moment, for the Sprint race I knew that I had to defend my position from the drivers who were behind me like the Australian -that sometimes goes crazy, and I've needed a good starting position for the Feature race. In the first turn on the first lap of the Sprint race I managed to overtake the drivers from Great Britain and Germany. I set the second fastest lap and I pulled away from the field while I stayed close to the New Zealander, whom I put pressure on but he maintained his position. Thus, we've got the best possible result according to the circumstances," Mexico City native Salvador Duran said.

I'm happy for my crew. They deserved a podium after the race results in Malaysia and qualifying in Indonesia. They worked very hard. The group is very solid and with the points obtained, from the Sprint race we've got the third spot in the points for us only," Duran said.

"We changed of setting for the second competition, but it was not a good decision. There was a real heavy rain and after two laps my car had no grip. We did two pit stops to change to wet and dry tyres, respectively. Towards the end we charged hard, but we did not get the race result we were hoping for [sixth]. However, we reached the goal to finish the two races, collecting as much points as possible," he added.

-credit: team mexico