Sepang: Team Ireland Sunday notes

Ireland score top-ten finishes at Sepang Sepang, Malaysia, 25th November 2007: Adam Carroll took two vital point-scoring finishes for Belmayne A1 Team Ireland in round three of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the ...

Ireland score top-ten finishes at Sepang

Sepang, Malaysia, 25th November 2007: Adam Carroll took two vital point-scoring finishes for Belmayne A1 Team Ireland in round three of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the Sepang International Circuit today.

Adam made a good start in the Sprint Race and stayed out of trouble through Turns 1 and 2, and placed his car perfectly down the inside into Turn 3 to pick up further places. By the end of lap one he was up to 8th, but he eventually lost out to Team Netherlands and finished 9th.

The Feature Race started well with Adam getting away cleanly at the start and passing the Netherlands and Germany by the end of lap one to move up to fifth. After an incident between South Africa and Canada brought out the safety car on lap nine, Adam immediately pitted but he lost time during the stop and emerged 7th. Problems on the new tyres caused the back end to step out on lap 15, spinning the car 360 degrees. Adam did a great job to keep it on the track but dropped to 10th. After struggling during the middle stint he came in on lap 24 for his second scheduled pit stop. With a quick and clean stop, and a great drive from Adam in the final stint, Ireland recovered to 7th overall taking four more vital championship points.

Adam Carroll: "I made a good start in the Sprint Race and kept out of trouble as a few cars ahead tripped over each other, and then I just pushed as hard as I could. It was a difficult race so it was good to get some points. The Feature Race was really tough, though. I lost the rear end of the car into Turn 5 after the first pit stop but managed to recover. I was pushing really hard but we struggled in the second stint. The car felt good in the third stint, though, and I was putting in consistently quick times. After such a hard weekend it's great to still come away with some points and we know where we need to improve for China."

Dan Walmsley, Race Engineer: "The Feature Race was a mixed race for us really. It started quite promising but we didn't have the best first pit stop and didn't get the best out of the tyres in the second stint. Adam also had a spin so we had to change our strategy. During the final stint we were competitive and fast, and Adam put in a great drive to recover back to seventh".

Mark Kershaw, Team Owner: "Considering some of the problems we had today, a double points finish is a good save. Scoring in the Sprint Race form 13th on the grid was as much as we could have hoped for while in the Feature the second set of tyres didn't work well for us so Adam did really well to recover. We now have plenty to build on and are looking forward to Zhuhai."

-credit: ireland/edenrocksports.com

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