Eastern Creek: Team Ireland race report

Team Switzerland crashes Ireland out of 7th place in Australia Sydney, Australia, 4 February 2007; Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi crashed Team Ireland's Richard Lyons out of a strong 7th place in the A1GP of Australia at Eastern Creek on...

Team Switzerland crashes Ireland out of 7th place in Australia

Sydney, Australia, 4 February 2007; Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi crashed Team Ireland's Richard Lyons out of a strong 7th place in the A1GP of Australia at Eastern Creek on Sunday. Lyons, starting 10th on the grid, moved up to 9th at the start and a superb pit stop by the Irish crew elevated him further to hold 7th with the USA, France and Switzerland behind.

Buemi tried a reckless out-braking manoeuvre on the Irish car, mainly managing to hit its rear and damage the suspension. The Team Ireland car returned to the pit lane where the mechanics replaced the top rear wishbone and sent Lyons back out onto the track to try for fastest lap, but the damage to the car had badly affected the car's handling and he retired after three laps.

Richard Lyons; Retired - suspension damage; "It's a bit difficult to get a result when someone drives into the back of your car and pushes you off the track. I am not sure what tactic that is, but maybe the guy has to take his brain out to get his helmet to fit. We'd had a good race up until then, again the pit stop was great and we were making up places. Malaysia (Alex Yoong) in front of me was struggling so I think I could have taken him, but Switzerland put an end to that."

Gary Anderson, Technical Director; "Richard was having a good race and there were points to be had before the Swiss car hit us. These things happen, the main thing is we have learned more this weekend and been able to run inside the top 10. We could have scored points, we didn't, so we move on."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal; "Gary, Richard, John O'Hara and the whole team have worked really hard to move things forward over the last two race weekends and today a top 6 finish was on the cards. The race incident isn't worth agonising over - I doubt Buemi will build a career on that. The main thing is to stay positive and keep working hard. We don't need luck, just to keep working hard with positive people and those in Irish motor sport who want to see a national team competing to win in A1GP. We look forward to Durban."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , John O'Hara