Mechanical Problems Leave Mexican Team Out of the Points in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA NOVEMBER 23rd, 2008 A1 Team Mex had its better grid position of the season so far after David Garza set the 8th best time for the starting grid of the Sprint race. However, the Mexican driver was not able to capitalize on this and get his first points due to a fuel pump failure. This problem caused the car to lose power on high speed corners and positions to other cars, to finally cross the finish line on 14th position, 55 seconds behind the winner, Neel Jani from Switzerland.
The Mexican team fixed the problem between the Sprint and the Feature races which, despite starting the Feature race from the 18th spot on the grid, allowed David Garza to fight his way up the field to find himself among the top 10. It was not to be, and during the second half of the race, the Mexican car spinned while trying to surpass Lebanon for 9th, losing several positions. Near the end, the engine started to lose power and David only managed to finish the race in 15th position, 1 minute and 30 seconds behind Adam Carroll from Ireland, who won the race.
David Garza, A1 Team Mex:
"All I can say is that I am very disappointed with the end result because we have worked very hard, it's been very difficult and when it looked like the first small reward was coming our way, everything went wrong for reasons out of our control. In the first race, almost from the start our chances were next to zero because a fuel pressure problem choked the engine on high speed corners. Later, in the second race we were doing very well considering our circumstances, until (Daniel) Morad decided to close the door when I was fighting him to reach the top 10. One positive outtake is that we are now fighting for places 8 - 14, as compared to the 15-20 we were two weeks ago in China".
The A1GP will be back in action in January 23-25, 2009, in Taupo, New Zealand.