Brands Hatch: Team Pakistan race report

Season draws to a close for A1 Team Pakistan in Great Britainf i A1 Team Pakistan and Nur Ali participated in the season finale of A1GP today, at the Brands Hatch Circuit, the venue for the UK round of the...

Season draws to a close for A1 Team Pakistan in Great Britainf i

A1 Team Pakistan and Nur Ali participated in the season finale of A1GP today, at the Brands Hatch Circuit, the venue for the UK round of the season. One of the most historic and challenging circuits in the UK, Brands Hatch provided an exciting climax to the 11 round season. Nur Ali raced for the pride of Pakistan finishing 19th in the Feature race after failing to finish the morning's Sprint race.

Ali qualified 22nd for the 20 minute Sprint race and was soon moving up the running order as other nations were caught out by the difficult track. Ali passed Indonesia, Mexico and China who suffered various problems, and was running in 18th when the Karachi born driver got out of shape on lap four spinning into the gravel.

Having failed to finish the Sprint race, Ali lined up 21st on the Feature race grid. At the standing start, Ali got away well, avoiding the unfolding melee at the first corner. While many teams chose to make their mandatory pit stop early, A1 Team Pakistan followed a strategy to pit later. However, the team were caught out by a safety car on lap 11 which closed up the field, meaning the team lost time and emerged at the back of the field after pitting. After 70 minutes, Ali crossed the line in 19th place.

Commenting on the final race day of the season, Ali said, "I had a good start in the Sprint race, we were on the tail of Mexico and a few other cars, and then unfortunately I went off and hit the wall in between turn one and two. The Feature race didn't go as we wanted. I was having a few problems with oversteer, and the team thought it might have been the tyres, but when I came out of the pits with a new set of tyres it didn't feel any different. I had to move aside for the leaders in the latter stages of the race, and picked up debris on the tyres which was affecting the handling. By the end of the race I felt like I was fighting the car. I was struggling particularly in the first and last corner. It wasn't really the way we wanted to finish the season."

Bobby Issazadhe, A1 Team Pakistan team manager said, "It's been a bit of a repetition of previous races, the main problem was a lack of consistent lap times. I'm happy we got the car back in one piece. This year has been a steep learning curve for Nur, he doesn't have the experience that many of the drivers in A1GP have, and the A1 car is a very powerful and heavy car compared to one he is used to. The team have done a great job this year and worked very hard, repairing the car very quickly in some instances to ensure that Pakistan was represented on track, so I'd like to thank them for their efforts over the season."

A1 Team Pakistan Seatholder Arif Husain who attended the season finale and visited the Pakistan garage remarked, "For Pakistan, being involved in motorsport is a new adventure and I'm very glad that our team is participating in the World Cup of Motorsport and that we are able to represent Pakistan. Of course it takes a while, and it has been a bit unfortunate this year in terms of race results. I'm hopeful that the team will continue and have new opportunities to improve. We will have to see what happens next year but the good news is that we are here in A1GP and that we want to stay in A1GP next year."

A1 Team Pakistan have raced on four continents over the course of the 11 round season with the team's best result coming at the South African round in January when the Pakistan car crossed the line 10th. A1GP now enters its off-season and the A1 Team Pakistan car will not be on track until the collective test on 28-29 August. Season three will kick off in the Netherlands on 30 September 2007.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali