Carroll leads Ireland to Shanghai podium Shanghai, China, 13th April 2008: Adam Carroll followed up his maiden A1GP victory with third in the Feature race for Belmayne A1 Team Ireland at the Shanghai International Circuit in ...
Carroll leads Ireland to Shanghai podium
Shanghai, China, 13th April 2008: Adam Carroll followed up his maiden A1GP victory with third in the Feature race for Belmayne A1 Team Ireland at the Shanghai International Circuit in China today.
A disappointing start to the day saw Adam finish eleventh in the Sprint race after an incident between the USA and New Zealand lost him places off the start as he took evasive action.
Despite losing two places from the Feature race standing start, Adam clawed his way back past Malaysia by the end of lap one. Portugal eventually passed India for third with Adam swiftly following suit moving into P4 at the start of lap eight. With the USA leading Switzerland up ahead, the top four kept in formation after clean first pit stops as Ireland continued to chase Portugal for the final podium spot. On lap 14 Neel Jani lost second gear in the Swiss car and began to fall back into the jaws of the chasing duo.
By the time the second round of pit stops came about there was a four-way battle for second as Jonny Reid had caught on to the back of the trio. Another fantastic pit stop from Team Ireland jumped Adam ahead of Switzerland and put him back out on track in P3 behind Portugal who also leapfrogged the Swiss. Adam continued lapping in the low 1m 36s throughout his final stint bringing the 'Celtic Tiger' home on the podium for the third time this season.
After dropping down the table this morning to ninth, the afternoon's points promote Ireland to seventh in the championship, on equal points with Germany in sixth, just 16-points off fourth position. The team now aims for a top six championship finish with 32-points still on offer at the Brands Hatch season finale on 4 May.
Adam Carroll: "I couldn't see what caused the incident in the Sprint. I saw them (New Zealand and USA) touch but I knew I couldn't go hard right because there's a lot of cars on your inside as well so I had to make sure I had enough room to get around and in doing so we lost quite a lot of places.
"It's a shame we couldn't score points this morning but race one really set us up for race two as we made some changes to the set up. The car was getting better as the race went on and we although we didn't have the pace to win we were lapping consistently. To follow up our win with a Feature race podium is brilliant."
Dan Walmsley, Race Engineer: "We thought starting from eighth in the Sprint we could make up some places and get some solid points but when New Zealand and USA came together at the start, Adam did really well to avoid hitting them but unfortunately that dropped us to P10 through turn one.
"It was very disappointing this morning because it didn't truly reflect what we knew we could achieve with the car. The pace was good this afternoon though and Adam has come away with another podium while the team executed a great set of great pit stops. From a championship
point of view, our four rivals didn't score so we now go to Brands Hatch hoping to secure a top six championship finish."
Mark Gallagher, Team Principal: "Coming off the back of the win in Mexico, it's very satisfying to get another podium in the Feature race. Once again it was not only about Adam's ability behind the wheel, but also the terrific work of the pit crew. From a Team Ireland point of view, heading into what is our closest race to home at Brands Hatch, this couldn't be a better run of success. We go to the Brand Hatch GP circuit, a track that Adam knows well, with the expectation of being able to run at the sharp end all weekend and hopefully achieve our goal of finishing in the top six of the championship."