Fight back earns A1 Team Germany points At the ninth round of the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport in China Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany converted two mediocre grid positions into a brace of top ten finishes. Thanks to Michael AmmermÃ¼ller's fight...
Fight back earns A1 Team Germany points
At the ninth round of the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport in China Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany converted two mediocre grid positions into a brace of top ten finishes. Thanks to Michael Ammermüller's fight back the team collected a total of six points for sixth in the sprint race and tenth in the feature race. The team moves up to sixth in the overall rankings as a result.
Michael Ammermüller made an excellent start in the sprint race around the Shanghai GP circuit, while two direct competitors crashed. The 22-year old professional from Pocking jumped from ninth on the grid to sixth on the first lap with the powerful 550 hp A1GP race car. He put Narain Karthikeyan under pressure for the entire duration of the short ten lap sprint race, but was unable to overtake the Indian. A1 Team Germany clinched five points and moved from seventh to sixth in the championship standings.
In the feature race Ammermüller defended his 13th start position. As the majority of the competition made their first mandatory pit stop after eleven laps, Michael Ammermüller won valuable time after recording a fast lap on a traffic free circuit. After his first stop he had improved three positions to tenth place. The second pit stop made by David Sears Motorsport also ran smoothly. A1 Team Germany crossed the finish line in tenth position at the end of the 38 race laps.
"Everybody hoped that overtaking from the slipstream would be possible on this circuit. However, in my opinion such opportunities failed to appear. So, I tried to make up ground at the start. I'm grateful for the strategy, devised by David Sears Motorsport, to delay the first pit stop. This got us into the points. The guys made two very good pit stops. I'm satisfied that we were able to convert a pair of mediocre grid positions into two point scoring finishes."
"We've finally completed two races without problems. Michael made the best out of a very difficult situation. Overtaking was obviously extremely difficult on this track. My thanks go to him and the team for the two points scoring results. Anyway, we were able to improve our position in the table by one position. It is clear that you have to be much stronger in qualifying to be able to bring home a good race result. This has to be our target for the finale at Brands Hatch."