Disappointing end to the weekend for A1 Team Pakistan in Australia A1 Team Pakistan completed the seventh round of the 2006/07 A1GP season today, at the Eastern Creek circuit on the outskirts of Sydney. The day's main race was dramatic, with a...
Disappointing end to the weekend for A1 Team Pakistan in Australia
A1 Team Pakistan completed the seventh round of the 2006/07 A1GP season today, at the Eastern Creek circuit on the outskirts of Sydney. The day's main race was dramatic, with a number of overtaking manoeuvres and accidents and five nations failing to finish. The team finished 20th in the Sprint race but failed to finish the Feature race after an incident with A1 Team South Africa.
A1 Team Pakistan arrived at the Eastern Creek circuit earlier this week, with Nur Ali taking to the track for the first time on Friday. A further practice session and qualifying on Saturday saw the team line up on the 11th row of the grid for the Sprint race.
The 20-minute Sprint race began under cloudy skies this morning, with A1 Team Pakistan taking its place for the customary rolling start. As the field of cars passed the start line to begin the first lap, Ali closed up on the pack to pass the A1 Team India car. Ali maintained his position for a number of laps until the race was re-started after a short safety car period. In a close battle, the Indian car regained position and A1 Team Pakistan went on to finish the race in 20th place.
After a colourful opening ceremony, Nur Ali took up his 20th grid slot for the 50 lap Feature race. After numerous accidents on the first lap, Ali stayed clear of the unfolding melee to move up to 17th place. The field of A1GP cars lined up behind the safety car while marshals cleared away debris from the earlier incidents. But just before the restart, the A1 Team South Africa car hit the back of the Pakistan car, ripping off the rear wing and ending the team's race.
Reviewing his afternoon, Ali said, "I'm very frustrated with the results of the second race. I was feeling very confident and focused ahead of the race, I've really enjoyed competing at this circuit, it suited my driving style and I think we could have had a good result here. It was a bit of a shock when South Africa hit me, I was accelerating at the time, so I can't quite understand what happened, but I get on well with Alan [van de Merwe] and I'm sure we'll have a talk about it later."
A1 Team Pakistan Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe, "We were really unlucky today. Nur was showing good pace and I think we could have had a decent battle with India. Caution has to be exercised under safety car conditions and Nur was really unfortunate to get caught up in the incident. He didn't do anything wrong, the data shows that he was actually accelerating at the time of the impact. Nevertheless he showed good progress this weekend and we will build on that at the next race. "
A1 Team Pakistan will take a three week break before the next race of the season. Nur Ali and the team will join nations from around the globe at the African round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The A1GP Durban, South Africa, is the jewel in the crown of A1GP, a specially designed and built street circuit which hosts one of the most exciting races of the season.
-credit: team pakistan