Dubai: Team Australia race report

A1 Team Australia's Will Davison has recorded a tenth place finish in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Dubai at the Dubai Autodrome, however the 23-year-old Melburnian has been left to ponder what might have been. Davison pitted with A1 Team China...

A1 Team Australia's Will Davison has recorded a tenth place finish in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Dubai at the Dubai Autodrome, however the 23-year-old Melburnian has been left to ponder what might have been.

Davison pitted with A1 Team China in the feature race, however the problematic wheel nuts on the A1 Grand Prix cars struck Australia for the first time in the series, putting Davison well down the order. The Chinese car went on to record their first points of the series, finishing in fifth.

"It's disappointing I have to say," Davison reflected. "We came in with China and were lapping faster than what they were, so you have to wonder where we may have finished had it not been for the problem in the pitstop."

Davison had to survive some nervous moments in the outstanding racing that has become customary for A1 Grand Prix, including some strong battles with arch-rival, New Zealand, and also some challenges from India.

"It was just crazy out there," Davison laughed. "It's one of the wildest races that I've been involved in ever! Some of the moves that were being made were insane, but I had a great battle with Matt (Halliday - Team NZL) and he's great to race with, that was really enjoyable!"

The Sprint race brought with it its own disappointment. Davison was running well and moving through the closely bunched pack until an electrical gremlin inside the gearbox put pay to his run. The team were able to get him back on track to complete the race, albeit a lap behind. This necessitated he start from 21st on the grid for the feature.

"We uncovered something in the car in warm up on Sunday morning and we're now making progress. I think at the next race we'll move forward somewhat, I'm starting from the back of the grid a little too frequently at the moment," he frowned.

A1 Team Australia Seat Holder Alan Jones was pleased with the tenth place:

"We're happy to have come away with tenth placing, obviously the problem with the pitstop cost us significantly, however we can't complain, we've got a point in the bag, the car was very competitive today and I think you'll see us move forward at the next event."

A1 Team Australia now advances their points tally to 21 and sits 11th on The World Cup of Motorsport ladder.

The A1 Grand Prix series now goes into recess for four weeks across the Christmas-New Year period before firing into life January 13-15 at the Sentul Circuit in Indonesia for the seventh round of the inaugural Series.

A1 Team Australia wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday period.

-a1team.au-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alan Jones , Will Davison