Taupo: Team Mexico race report

Salvador Duran Experiences Brake Problems at Taupo He completed the Sprint race, but in the Feature race the Mexican driver retired TAUPO, New Zealand (January 21, 2007) - A1 Team Mexico driver Salvador Duran had brake problems in his car this...

Salvador Duran Experiences Brake Problems at Taupo
He completed the Sprint race, but in the Feature race the Mexican driver retired

TAUPO, New Zealand (January 21, 2007) - A1 Team Mexico driver Salvador Duran had brake problems in his car this weekend at the 3.5-Km. (2.17-mile) circuit of Taupo. He finished the Sprint race in 12th position and in the Feature race he was ranked in 20th place, after being forced to retire.

"In the Feature race we had brake problems. Unfortunately this situation prevented us from braking late to set good times. Until the Feature race we have realized that we had this problem because the race was longer than the first one and the tyres did not last, it was impossible to brake. At each braking the car locked the tires. In addition, the steering was vibrating with all of this; the car was bumping and because of that I was more concentrated on saving my tyres to try to finish the race," the Mexican said.

When there we 13 laps to go, the left front tyre was punctured and Duran pitted for a replacement. Afterwards, the new tyre worn out and with this situation, the team decided to retire after completing 42 laps of the 50-lap race.

The Sprint race was won by the German team who started from pole, whilst the French team was second, followed by New Zealand, Netherlands, Switzerland and Canada.

The Feature race was won again by Germany, with France and New Zealand again in second and third spots, respectively, followed by New Zealand, Switzerland, Netherlands and Canada.

The next A1GP World Cup of Motorsport event will be held on February 4 at Sydney, Australia.

-credit: team mexico

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