Sepang: Team Pakistan race report

A1 TEAM PAKISTAN BATTLES CHANGING WEATHER IN MALAYSIA Nur Ali completed his fourth event with A1 Team Pakistan today, as the Karachi born driver raced alongside the other nations competing in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. In gruelling...

A1 TEAM PAKISTAN BATTLES CHANGING WEATHER IN MALAYSIA

Nur Ali completed his fourth event with A1 Team Pakistan today, as the Karachi born driver raced alongside the other nations competing in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. In gruelling weather conditions, Ali finished 18th and 21st in the Sprint and Feature races respectively.

From his starting position of 22nd on the Sprint race grid, Ali suffered from a number of incidents on the first lap, which saw other teams retire. Despite being delayed behind two recovering cars, Ali kept the A1 Team Pakistan car on track to make up four places by the end of race to cross the line in 18th.

The storm that had threatened the A1GP event all weekend, finally arrived over the Sepang International Circuit, just one hour before the 70 minute Feature race was due to start. Taking his finishing place from the Sprint race as his grid slot for the Feature race, Nur Ali lined up 18th for A1GP's main race. Due to concerns over poor visibility and track conditions, the Feature race was delayed by 20 minutes and was started behind the safety car.

The progress of the A1 Team Pakistan car, which was barely visible in the streams of spray rising from the circuit, had its progress hampered by an incident in the mandatory tyre change pit stop. Ali said at the end of the races, "There was a bit of a pile up at the beginning of the Sprint race, which we got a bit caught up in. I got stuck behind a couple of slowing cars which were still on the racing line. Unable to get past them, that put a distance between us and the rest of the field.

"In the Feature race we had quite a serious problem with the pit stop, when the car slid off the jack. This then caused one of the wheel nuts to lock, which cost us even more time. I'm not used to driving in the wet, and the main thing was to get some experience of running in these conditions and to finish the race. But the team is new and I'm still learning the car. A lot of the teams and drivers here have a year's experience in A1GP and we are all still learning. It's not just about me, it's not just about the race team, it's a true team effort and we're looking forward to improving further in Indonesia." Arif Husain, Chairman, A1 Team Pakistan, added, "This was an extremely demanding race for the team. Nur was driving at the track for the first time, and the wet weather conditions this afternoon added to the challenge. Nur did an excellent job to keep the car on track but unfortunately a incident in the pitstop cost us badly. I know the team will be eager to get to Indonesia and improve further."

A1 Team Pakistan will be back in action for the final round of 2006 at the Sentul International circuit, Indonesia from 8 - 10 December. The second half of the A1GP season will commence in January, at the Taupo circuit in New Zealand.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali