Solid debut weekend for NegrÃ£o with A1 Team Brasil A1 Team Brasil finished today's Sprint and Feature races in 14th and 13th positions respectively for round nine of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the Shanghai International ...
Solid debut weekend for Negrão with A1 Team Brasil
A1 Team Brasil finished today's Sprint and Feature races in 14th and 13th positions respectively for round nine of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the Shanghai International Circuit in China. It was a solid result for race driver Xandi Negrão as he embarked on his first full A1GP weekend.
Xandi made a good start in this morning's ten lap sprint race, doing well to avoid a startline collision between Teams New Zealand and USA which saw Jonny Reid's car spin off track. Brasil was initially up to 13th but was overtaken on lap 2 by the Czech Republic. After the ten laps Xandi finished his first race in 14th position, having had a good race experience to head into the afternoon with.
The Brazilian squad had another solid race in this afternoon's 38-lap feature event, with Xandi beginning from 17th after a tricky qualifying session yesterday. The team was promoted to 16th as South Africa began from the pitlane and on lap three Xandi overtook Pakistan's Adam Khan to take 15th. He led the race briefly during the pitstop period but emerged from his own mandatory stop in 14th, having gained one position from slick work from the team. He began in pursuit of Australia and overtook John Martin on lap 19 for 13th position. He made his second compulsory stop on lap 26, maintaining his 13th position, and was in this spot when he passed the chequered flag.
A1 Team Brasil maintains its 11th place in the championship after this weekend with 44 points. Its nearest rival is Team China who is two points ahead so Brasil will be aiming to take that top ten championship finish at the season finale in three weeks time at the Brands Hatch circuit in the United Kingdom.
Sprint Race: "Overall the race was good for me. I think on true pace and performance we could have finished three or four positions higher, but I had to lift off on the start to avoid the New Zealand car when it spun off track, so I couldn't push at the crucial time. The rest of the race was not bad, the pace was good and I was able to hold a solid position. It was important for me to get a race distance under my belt and learn how the car behaved, so I achieved that and we used it to work on set-up for the feature race."
Feature Race: "Again, it was another good race and I was able to make a couple of good passes. It was a shame that we couldn't overtake anyone in the pitstops but I was in traffic for the majority of the race. I should have passed Italy in the second stop but I was held up by Lebanon on my inlap which cost me a couple of seconds. When I was along on the track I had a good pace, the car was consistent throughout and the last stint on new tyres was very good. It was great to learn by finishing both races and not making any mistakes. I wish I could have scored points but I'm sure if we had had a better qualifying then we definitely had the pace to finish in the top ten."