A1 Team Canada Celebrates Season in World Class Company Montreal, Canada (Friday 04 May, 2007) -- A1 Team Canada celebrated the end of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in England last weekend by attending Monday night's 'Gala Dinner'...
A1 Team Canada Celebrates Season in World Class Company
Montreal, Canada (Friday 04 May, 2007) -- A1 Team Canada celebrated the end of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in England last weekend by attending Monday night's 'Gala Dinner' at the Royal Courts of Justice in London where the guest of honor was no-less a figure than seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher.
Vancouver's Sean McIntosh (21) had the day before picked up 10th and 12th place finishes in the eleventh and final round of the second season of A1GP competition, hosted at the famed Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit. Narrowly missing out on repeating last season's top-ten finish in the A1GP Nations Standings, the driving talents of McIntosh, together with Toronto's James Hinchcliffe (20) led to an 11th place finish for Canada from the 23-nations that participated in this year's winter-based, nation versus nation series.
Both Hinchcliffe and McIntosh were present at Brands Hatch joined by Quebec's Kevin Lacroix (18), who while not racing this year participated in the final four events in the 'Rookie-Only' sessions held on Friday morning's at each A1GP race meeting.
Having witnessed Great Britain's Robbie Kerr become the first driver in A1GP history to score a home win with a Sprint race triumph on Sunday morning, followed by an enthralling Feature race battle between Kerr and Nico Hulkenberg -- the German scoring his ninth win of the season for the newly-crowned World Champion's, the A1GP circus made its way to London for Monday's 'Gala Dinner'.
Receiving a standing ovation from the assembled audience, Michael Schumacher was introduced at the start of the evening, the legendary racer on hand to present the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport to this year's winners, A1 Team Germany -- the German franchise owned by his long-term manager, Willi Weber. In addition to Schumacher's presence on Monday night, there were no-fewer than three more former Formula One World Champion's on-hand to share in the evening's A1GP celebrations.
John Surtees, the only man to have won World Championships on two wheels and four, was present in his capacity as Team Principal of A1 Team Great Britain. The 1964 Ferrari F1 Champion was joined by Emerson Fittipaldi, winner of the 1972 and 1974 F1 titles with Lotus and McLaren respectively, as well as 1980 Williams F1World Champion Alan Jones, both drivers in attendance through their duties heading up the Brazilian and Australian A1GP entries.
"It was a great way to wrap up the year," commented Sean McIntosh, to-date still the only Canadian to have taken a win in A1GP (Indonesia February 2006). "I actually arrived at the same time as Emerson Fittipaldi and I think it's great to be associated with a series backed by such notable figures from the world of motorsport. The atmosphere at Brands Hatch was a fantastic way to end another exciting season of A1GP, we've seen a lot of close racing this year and it bodes well for the future."
"Season two ended the same way it began and that's with a lot of style," James Hinchcliffe reflected. "The sheer crowd numbers at Zandvoort back in October was a wicked way to start the season and that was echoed at the finale at Brands Hatch followed by an impressive Gala Dinner on Monday night. To have four Formula One World Champion's in the same room as a bunch of hungry young drivers who've all been representing their countries made for a pretty special atmosphere!"
The 2007-08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport starts with a return to Circuit Park Zandvoort, The Netherlands, Friday 28th -- Sunday 30th September 2007
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