A1 Team Germany misses podium finish due to puncture Lady Luck deserted the Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany in the finale of the 2007/2008 A1GP season at Brands Hatch (Great Britain). After having finished eleventh in the sprint race,...
A1 Team Germany misses podium finish due to puncture
Lady Luck deserted the Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany in the finale of the 2007/2008 A1GP season at Brands Hatch (Great Britain). After having finished eleventh in the sprint race, 22-year old Michael Ammermuller missed a near certain podium position in the subsequent feature race because of a tyre failure. The A1 Team Germany occupies eighth place in the final classification of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and relinquished the World Championship title to Switzerland.
For the sprint race around the historical Brands Hatch track Ammermuller started the 15-lap race from a promising ninth place. In his attempt to make up ground he lost two positions when rival France forced the German A1GP car into the gravel bed. Eleventh place was the maximum possible. Ammermuller started the feature race from fifth and made up two positions thanks to two extremely quick mandatory pit stops by the team of David Spears Motorsport. Lying in third place with a podium position within easy reach an exploding tyre caused Ammermuller to end the 2007/2008 season in the gravel bed.
"I made an excellent start to the sprint race. I was hot on the heels of the people in front and we were fighting hard. However, a rival forced me into the gravel bed which cost us two places. Our speed was very good up to this point, which was also visible in the feature race. I was able to overtake two competitors during the round of pit stops and defended our third place easily. However, I then noticed that the left-rear tyre started to lose air. The tyre suddenly exploded on the very lap in which I wanted to pit to change the damaged tyre. I lost the car under braking and had to finish the season in the gravel bed. This somehow fits to the way the season has run, where we simply missed a little luck. Congratulations to team Switzerland which now takes the title from us."
"Congratulations to Neel Jani and A1 Team Switzerland. They are our successors and are new and deserved A1GP World Cup of Motorsport champions. A potentially excellent weekend ended rather sadly for us just before the finish. Michael was third, had the podium position within grasp and could possibly have put the other cars under pressure when his tyre failed. This was an unhappy end to an unhappy season, which did not run as we expected it to. However, our 2007/2008 results boast two wins, but unfortunately we were unable to continue the excellent form produced last year by the entire team."