Zandvoort: Team Germany preview

A1 Team Germany as defending champions at opener The Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany starts the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport, which opens between 28 and 30 September at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, as defending champions. The team...

A1 Team Germany as defending champions at opener

The Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany starts the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport, which opens between 28 and 30 September at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, as defending champions. The team dominated the only championship held exclusively for nations during the previous 2006/2007 season with nine wins and a 35 point lead at the top of the table. The team, with Christian Vietoris as nominated driver, aims to defend their title under the new sporting regulations, which are valid with immediate effect.

"It goes without saying that it is also our target to fight for the title in the new season," says Willi Weber. "A1 Team Germany scored its first win last year at Zandvoort. I'm interested to see whether we are also at the front from the first race this year. Christian has already demonstrated that he is among the best of the 22 nation field by setting the fastest time in August and fourth position in September during the tests at Silverstone."

Christian Vietoris, Formula BMW Germany champion in the 2006 season, also has fond memories of Zandvoort: "I was at the front in qualifying in the Formula BMW there, won both races and clinched the championship with races to spare. I'm a big fan of the circuit in the dunes." At the season opener last year, the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport lured 114,000 spectators into the grandstands lining the 4.307 kilometre circuit on the North Sea coast and is regarded as an extremely challenging circuit due to the combination of slow and very fast corners.

"At our tests at Silverstone it wasn"t just about setting lap times. We also learnt a great deal about the car," judged the 18-year old future talent from Gonnersdorf in the Eifel region. All the national teams compete with identical 550 hp Lola-Zytek formula cars. "It was already apparent during the tests, however, that the lap times set by the nations in the third year of the championship are getting much closer." New for the 2007/2008 season is that there is only a single qualifying session for both races. Furthermore points are awarded for the first ten nations in each race as follows: 15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. The sprint race lasts 19 minutes, the subsequent feature race 69 minutes including two mandatory pit stops.

Broadcast times on Premiere: Race: Sunday, 30 September, 15:30, 19:00 (repeat), Tuesday, 2 October, 20:15 (repeat).

-credit: a1.germany

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