Mexico City: Team Ireland race report

Lyons salvages finish from tough Mexican A1GP event Mexico City, 25 March 2007; Team Ireland salvaged a 16th place finish from a difficult weekend at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, lead driver Richard Lyons recovering from ...

Lyons salvages finish from tough Mexican A1GP event

Mexico City, 25 March 2007; Team Ireland salvaged a 16th place finish from a difficult weekend at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, lead driver Richard Lyons recovering from a start-line pile up in Sunday morning's Sprint Race to finish the Feature Race after climbing to as high as 3rd position during the mandatory pit stops.

The morning's Sprint Race, which decided the starting order for the main event, saw Lyons eliminated on the first lap after a pile-up caused by Brazil's Bruno Junqueira and Mexico's Salvador Duran. The Irish driver backed off to avoid the incident only for another car to ram into the back of him, causing serious damage to the bodywork and gearbox casing. The Team Ireland mechanics repaired the damage in time for the Feature Race. Lyons started from 21st place on the grid, rising to 15th at the first corner but finishing in 16th place after a steady race.

Richard Lyons; 16th, Feature Race, A1GP Mexico; "The car was not too bad during the race, particularly after the pit stop because we stopped very late and it meant we had new tyres and a relatively low fuel load. However, we weren't on the pace of the most competitive cars so it was a case of keeping going and getting the finish. This has been a tough weekend for the team."

Gary Anderson, Technical Director; "The performance this weekend really wasn't good enough so we have some thinking to do before the next event in Shanghai. The Feature Race went according to plan, but when you start so far back you know it's not going to add up to a lot unless something unusual happens. We have to make sure this weekend was a one-off."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal; "We were uncompetitive all weekend and the result is embarrassing. The cars are all identical in A1GP, so when you have as bad a weekend as this it's down to the way the team works. We need to improve, everyone knows that. However I would like to thank the mechanics who did a terrific job repairing the car between races and set the 2nd fastest pit stop time."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , Salvador Duran