Taupo: Team Ireland race report

Technical problems thwart strong performance from Lyons Ireland's A1GP team hit by driveshaft and suspension problems Taupo, News Zealand, 21 January; A double retirement for A1 Team Ireland could not detract from the huge step forward in ...

Technical problems thwart strong performance from Lyons
Ireland's A1GP team hit by driveshaft and suspension problems

Taupo, News Zealand, 21 January; A double retirement for A1 Team Ireland could not detract from the huge step forward in performance this weekend at the stunning Taupo circuit, engineering boss Gary Anderson working hard to find improved performance from the Irish A1GP car. After setting the 3rd fastest time in free practice Richard Lyons had qualified in a season best 9th for the Sprint Race. After a strong start, Lyons was challenging for 7th place when he suffered a driveshaft failure after just 6 laps.

With retirement in the Sprint Race forcing him to start from the back of the grid fin the Feature Race the 27 year old former Formula Nippon Champion got to work straight away, Lyons showing a perfect blend of pace and aggression to make up several places. A well executed pit stop gained another 3 positions and by the latter phase of the race a top ten finish was looking possible.

Unfortunately, whilst running in 11th position, the engine suffered a cut out which hampered Richard`s pace, and with just 5 laps remaining a rear suspension failure lead to the car spinning into retirement. Despite this setback A1 Team Ireland will now travel to Australia in two weeks with renewed optimism.

Richard Lyons: "The team worked well this weekend and there is no question we are a lot quicker than before and in both races I was able to make good progress. Our pit stop in the Feature Race was very good, and to be honest the team could not have done more - we had two frustrating failures, but that's motor racing. The main thing it to go to Sydney in 10 days time knowing we can be much closer to the front."

Mark Kershaw, Team Owner: "We made a good step forward this weekend and ultimately speed has to be our priority. There is still work to be done and of course the team is going to discuss with A1GP the failures we suffered in the race because we need to be sure components are not going to fail. Overall it's satisfying to see Team Ireland looking competitive. Gary, Richard, John O'Hara and the rest of the team worked very hard and deserve to see the rewards soon."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Richard Lyons , John O'Hara , Gary Anderson