Sepang: Team India race report

WILD WEATHER A CHALLENGE FOR A1 TEAM INDIA IN MALAYSIA A1 Team India faced difficult conditions in today's Feature race at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia after a strong performance from the team in the earlier Sprint race. Armaan...

WILD WEATHER A CHALLENGE FOR A1 TEAM INDIA IN MALAYSIA

A1 Team India faced difficult conditions in today's Feature race at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia after a strong performance from the team in the earlier Sprint race. Armaan Ebrahim took 16th in the Sprint race and 18th in the Feature race.

Ebrahim drove a mature Sprint race, constantly challenging for position over the 12 laps. Starting the race from 19th, the young Indian driver launched off the grid to put himself in the middle of the field. Racing against drivers with much more experience, Ebrahim was up to 14th by the end of lap one. In what was the most entertaining battle of the Sprint race, Ebrahim was involved in an intense fight with A1 Team Singapore.

The Singapore car finally managed to make it past Ebrahim, but not before the Chennai born racer put up a counter fight to try and regain his place. However, with the car still suffering from some understeer, A1 Team India crossed the line in 16th.

With just an hour to go before the afternoon's Feature race, the skies opened over the Sepang International Circuit. Taking advantage of the delayed start, A1 Team India made set up changes to the car to better suit the wet weather tyres and slippery conditions.

Taking his 16th place from the Sprint race to line up on the Feature race grid, Ebrahim lacked some pace in the early stages and finished the race 18th after A1 Team Brazil were excluded for a pit stop infringement.

Ebrahim summed up his day saying, "I had a good start in the Sprint race, we had good pace and I was enjoying some close racing. I'm a bit annoyed that Singapore managed to get past me on the last lap though. Unfortunately I think I was too conservative in the early stages of the Feature race, and although I picked up a lot of pace in the later stages, we lost too much time in the first half to gain any further positions."

Yohann J Setna, Seat holder for A1 Team India commented, "Armaan put up a great fight in the Sprint race, and although he lost a place at the end of the race, it did mean we started the Feature race on the clean side of the grid. Armaan was struggling a bit at the beginning of the Feature race. After his pit stop he picked up his pace considerably and was setting really fast laps. Towards the end I think he set the ninth fastest lap of the race, which shows his and the team's true potential."

The A1GP series continues its tour of South East Asia, moving to the next round in Indonesia. The A1GP Sentul, Indonesia will take place from 8 - 10 December 2006.

-credit: team india

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Series A1GP
Drivers Armaan Ebrahim