CHENG CONG FU WON ONE POINT WITH PERSISTANCE IN A1 AUSTRALIA RACE A1 GP, the World Cup of Motorsport, came to Eastern Creek Circuit, Sydney, Australia, over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of February. China Team didn't make the podium dream...
CHENG CONG FU WON ONE POINT WITH PERSISTANCE IN A1 AUSTRALIA RACE
A1 GP, the World Cup of Motorsport, came to Eastern Creek Circuit, Sydney, Australia, over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of February. China Team didn't make the podium dream recur at the same place, which brought them endless happiness last year. Cheng Congfu won 1 point with his persistence for China Team, finished the races by 14th and 10th.
In Saturday's Qualifying, Cheng Congfu performed very well, the grid positions for the sprint and feature race respectively were 5th and 4th, which seemed a good beginning of podium. What surprised the whole China Team was that in the third session of qualifying, Cheng Congfu was the fastest driver with lap time 1'19''359. This never happened in China Team's history.
The sudden rain during Sprint race had an impact on the drivers, Cheng Congfu's speed came down very obviously, finished the race by position 14th, without points.
Rain didn't stop in afternoon's Feature race. New Zealand, pole racer couldn't start because of certain technical problem, China promoted to 3rd grid position, but he was overtaken by British and Brazilian drivers at the start line and then USA driver in the first lap, dropped to 6th. 5 laps later, Cheng found his rhythm, but he was announced to do a pit lane passing penalty just at the same time pit lane opened. After the penalty and first stop, his position dropped to 14th. But he didn't give up the attempt of promoting just as a real professional driver did. In lap 23, he overtook Italy Team and made his fastest lap time when only 2 laps left. With his persistence, finally Cheng won 1 point for China Team by finishing the race with 10th
After the race, Cheng Congfu said:"This is the first real wet race of this A1 season, considering the results, we have to admit we haven't enough experiences. And as to myself, I still have some room to promote in how to find the rhythm and racing lines in rain, how to keep the speed. In addition, the penalty in feature race influenced the result, without it, I think we could stay in top 5, this is really regrettable." But, Cheng said he would never give up the attempt of podium in the 4 races left this season:"we have good speed, but good speed is different from podium and Championship. Anyway, we will try our best to do it,efforts will bring returns."
After this race, China Team ranked 11th by 29 points. The next race of A1GP will be held on February 24th, in South Africa.