A1 TEAM AUSTRALIA ON THE PODIUM IN INDONESIA Australia takes third place at A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Sentul, Indonesia SENTUL, INDONESIA 13 February 2006 - A1 Team Australia successfully seized a podium position in an action-packed feature...
A1 TEAM AUSTRALIA ON THE PODIUM IN INDONESIA
Australia takes third place at A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Sentul, Indonesia
SENTUL, INDONESIA 13 February 2006 - A1 Team Australia successfully seized a podium position in an action-packed feature race in the eighth round of A1 Grand Prix of Nations in Sentul, Indonesia yesterday (Sunday 12 February).
Marcus Marshall, in his debut drive for the Aussie A1 team, proved his career with the series was off to a flying start, finishing in third place in front of a packed grandstand of 32,000 spectators.
Pegged in nineteenth place in the qualifying session, Marcus managed to pick up three places to start the feature race in the sixteenth spot. Throughout the race he kept a cool head, narrowly avoiding a somewhat incident-ridden start - Japan and Indonesia collided at the first corner.
Despite clinching third place, Team Australia actually posted some of the slowest lap times during the race.
An elated A1 Team Australia driver, Marcus Marshall said: "I am absolutely pumped. This is the first time I have raced this track, the first time I have driven the car so it is has been a pretty big weekend for me.
"We really struggled in the dry and also a bit in the qualifying session, but we kept pushing all weekend. We never gave up. Although there was too much wing on the car - which meant losing time on the straights - we were setting good times in other sectors.
"I'm really stoked for the Australian team, our sponsors Fosters and everyone back at home," Marcus said from the podium last night.
Talking shortly after the race, an equally elated A1 Team Australia Principal, Alan Jones, said: "This is a fantastic result, we are delighted. We knew we had a good set up with the car after we finished second fastest in Friday's practise. Overall, our set up, strategy and stops were all very good - these three combined produced the kind of result we're after."
27-year-old Marcus last year raced as part of the Australian team in the Champcar World Series. He has joined A1 Team Australia for the remainder of the 05/06 series, replacing Will Davison who moved to V8 Supercars.
This is the second time in the A1 Grand Prix series the Australian team have finished in the top three. Will Power finished second in the first race at Brands Hatch in the UK in September last year.
Team Canada took out first place - their first win of the season coming from last place on the grid - while Team Malaysia claimed second spot.
The ninth round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations will be held at Parque Fundidora Monterrey, Mexico on 24-26 February 2006.
The tenth round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations will be held at Laguna Seca, California USA on 10-12 March 2006. The eleventh round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations will be held at Shanghai International Circuit, China on 31 March-02 April 2006.