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A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby CrazyChick » Fri 21 Nov, 2008 2:27 pm

Team Germany will rejoin the series in the new year at Taupo, New Zealand with a new seat holder after Willi Weber left the team to be replaced by Rolf Beisswanger (i've never heard of him!).
Loic Duval back with the french team this weekend after racing in the Japanese Formula Nippon series..


Watts and Prost top rookie practice
By Steven English, Friday 21st November 2008

Great Britain's Danny Watts and France's Nicolas Prost topped a session each of this morning's A1GP rookie practice at Sepang.

Watts, who scored two podiums on his series race debut at Chengdu two weeks ago, finished six tenths of a second clear of Prost in the first session of the weekend, before Prost improved to a 1:50.679 - four tenths faster than Watts' benchmark - at the end of the second half hour session.

"We were quick all session so it was a very positive morning," said Prost. "I worked a lot learning the track on a PlayStation before I came here but I wasn't ready for the temperature, which will make the race very tough."

New Zealander's Earl Bamber put his circuit knowledge to good use to........

Session One
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Pos Driver                  Team             Time         Gap
 1. Danny Watts             Great Britain    1:51.096
 2. Nicolas Prost           France           1:51.764  +0.668
 3. Armaan Ebrahim          India            1:52.739  +1.643
 4. Earl Bamber             New Zealand      1:52.933  +1.837
 5. Dennis Retera           Netherlands      1:53.221  +2.125
 6. J.R. Hildebrand         USA              1:53.423  +2.327
 7. Aaron Lim               Malaysia         1:53.589  +2.493
 8. Niall Quinn             Ireland          1:53.676  +2.580
 9. Felipe Guimaraes        Brazil           1:54.126  +3.030
10. Armando Parente         Portugal         1:54.236  +3.140
11. Stefano Coletti         Italy            1:54.921  +3.825
12. Gavin Cronje            South Africa     1:55.043  +3.947
13. Ashley Walsh            Australia        1:55.400  +4.304
14. Zahir Ali               Indonesia        1:56.058  +4.962
15. Daniel Morad            Lebanon          2:00.672  +9.576
16. Jin-Woo Hwangv          Korea            no time
17. Alexandre Imperatori    Switzerland      no time


Session Two:
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Pos Driver                  Team            Time          Gap
 1. Nicolas Prost           France          1:50.679
 2. Earl Bamber             New Zealand     1:51.240   +0.561
 3. Danny Watts             Great Britain   1:51.319   +0.640
 4. Aaron Lim               Malaysia        1:51.815   +1.136
 5. Stefano Coletti         Italy           1:51.839   +1.160
 6. Daniel Morad            Lebanon         1:52.008   +1.329
 7. Armaan Ebrahim          India           1:52.205   +1.526
 8. J.R. Hildebrand         USA             1:52.325   +1.646
 9. Dennis Retera           Netherlands     1:52.603   +1.924
10. Gavin Cronje            South Africa    1:52.747   +2.068
11. Armando Parente         Portugal        1:53.272   +2.593
12. Ashley Walsh            Australia       1:53.277   +2.598
13. Jin-Woo Hwang           Korea           1:54.499   +3.820
14. Zahir Ali               Indonesia       1:54.903   +4.224
15. Felipe Guimaraes        Brazil          2:14.510  +23.831


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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby CrazyChick » Fri 21 Nov, 2008 2:30 pm

Watts tops second practice at Sepang

By Steven English, Friday 21st November 2008

Danny Watts carried his good form from this morning's running into afternoon practice to top the timesheet once again at Sepang, in the first session of the weekend contested by all the drivers that will race on Sunday.

Watts completed just 13 laps in the hour-long session but still edged out Switzerland's Neel Jani, who posted his best time in just nine laps following a gearbox problem that had prevented the car running earlier today.

"With the extra running I got this morning I was always going to be there or there abouts, but I always expected them to catch up," said Watts.

"Looking at the times, the top........

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Pos Driver                Team              Time         Gap
 1. Danny Watts           Great Britain     1:50.038
 2. Neel Jani             Switzerland       1:50.110  +0.072
 3. Narain Karthikeyan    India             1:50.187  +0.149
 4. Loic Duval            France            1:50.277  +0.239
 5. Jeroen Bleekemolen    Netherlands       1:50.363  +0.325
 6. Filipe Albuquerque    Portugal          1:50.404  +0.366
 7. Adam Carroll          Ireland           1:50.559  +0.521
 8. Earl Bamber           New Zealand       1:50.583  +0.545
 9. Clivio Piccione       Monaco            1:50.618  +0.580
10. Fairuz Fauzy          Malaysia          1:50.620  +0.582
11. Daniel Morad          Lebanon           1:50.962  +0.924
12. Ho-Pin Tung           China             1:51.291  +1.253
13. Marco Andretti        USA               1:51.358  +1.320
14. Adrian Zaugg          South Africa      1:51.439  +1.401
15. Felipe Guimaraes      Brazil            1:51.520  +1.482
16. John Martin           Australia         1:51.642  +1.604
17. David Garza           Mexico            1:51.775  +1.737
18. Edoardo Piscopo       Italy             1:51.954  +1.916
19. Satrio Hermanto       Indonesia         1:52.406  +2.368
20. Jin-Woo Hwang         Korea             no time


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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby CrazyChick » Fri 21 Nov, 2008 3:35 pm

2 interesting interviews with Danny Watts (the British driver) who talks about what he's been up to since F3 2 years ago and Marco Andretti on driving in A1GP and how it compares to indycar.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72202 - Danny Watts
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72207 - Marco Andretti
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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby CrazyChick » Sat 22 Nov, 2008 4:08 pm

Get to use the power boost in qualifying giving an extra 10km/h but just for 1 lap.


Garza tops final practice for Mexico

By Steven English Saturday, November 22nd 2008

David Garza set the quickest time for Team Mexico in the final practice session for this weekend's A1GP rounds at Sepang.

Garza shot up the order and posted a time more than half a second quicker than anyone else late in the session, after he bolted on a set of new tyres for his trial of the lap-long power boost that the teams will have at their disposal in qualifying later today.

"We were working hard on the setup and we wanted to find out what the car would do on new tyres in a qualifying run this afternoon," said Garza.

"It's more exciting in the fast corners, but you have to be careful when..............

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Pos Driver               Team            Time         Gap
 1. David Garza          Mexico          1:48.431
 2. Neel Jani            Switzerland     1:49.013  +0.582
 3. Loic Duval           France          1:49.224  +0.793
 4. Jeroen Bleekemolen   Netherlands     1:49.401  +0.970
 5. Adam Carroll         Ireland         1:49.453  +1.022
 6. Narain Karthikeyan   India           1:49.472  +1.041
 7. Marco Andretti       USA             1:49.806  +1.375
 8. Danny Watts          Great Britain   1:49.837  +1.406
 9. Filipe Albuquerque   Portugal        1:49.892  +1.461
10. Earl Bamber          New Zealand     1:50.162  +1.731
11. Fairuz Fauzy         Malaysia        1:50.164  +1.733
12. Daniel Morad         Lebanon         1:50.245  +1.814
13. Adrian Zaugg         South Africa    1:50.317  +1.886
14. Ho-Pin Tung          China           1:50.323  +1.892
15. John Martin          Australia       1:50.648  +2.217
16. Clivio Piccione      Monaco          1:50.699  +2.268
17. Satrio Hermanto      Indonesia       1:51.133  +2.702
18. Edoardo Piscopo      Italy           1:51.249  +2.818
19. Felipe Guimaraes     Brazil          1:51.494  +3.063
20. Jin-Woo Hwang        Korea           1:52.881  +4.450


http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72214
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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby Pepper » Sat 22 Nov, 2008 4:09 pm

This Danny Watts is looking quite handy.

Marco drives in Indycar? I thought he pedaled around the tracks. He would be quicker if he did....


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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby CrazyChick » Sat 22 Nov, 2008 4:12 pm

Jani extends Sepang pole streak

By Steven English Saturday, November 22nd 2008

Neel Jani will start Sunday's A1GP sprint race from pole position after scoring his sixth consecutive Sepang pole position in the series.

Team Switzerland's driver is unbeaten in qualifying at the Malaysian circuit since the inaugural A1GP season in 2005 and produced an incredible lap to put the rest of the field into the shade by nearly six tenths of a second.

Just seconds before Jani's lap, Earl Bamber had put Team New Zealand to the top of the timesheet with what was easily the quickest lap of the weekend so far, but it wasn't enough to keep Jani at bay.

Team France's Loic Duval also...................

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Pos Driver                  Team            Time         Gap
 1. Neel Jani               Switzerland     1:47.154
 2. Loic Duval              France          1:47.747  +0.593
 3. Earl Bamber             New Zealand     1:47.779  +0.625
 4. Filipe Albuquerque      Portugal        1:48.930  +1.776
 5. Edoardo Piscopo         Italy           1:49.007  +1.853
 6. Danny Watts             Great Britain   1:49.076  +1.922
 7. Adam Carroll            Ireland         1:49.197  +2.043
 8. David Garza             Mexico          1:49.293  +2.139
 9. Jeroen Bleekemolen      Netherlands     1:49.323  +2.169
10. Narain Karthikeyan      India           1:49.350  +2.196
11. Adrian Zaugg            South Africa    1:49.528  +2.374
12. Marco Andretti          USA             1:49.650  +2.496
13. Fairuz Fauzy            Malaysia        1:49.753  +2.599
14. John Martin             Australia       1:49.998  +2.844
15. Felipe Guimaraes        Brazil          1:50.085  +2.931
16. Clivio Piccione         Monaco          1:50.171  +3.017
17. Ho-Pin Tung             China           1:50.274  +3.120
18. Daniel Morad            Lebanon         1:50.382  +3.228
19. Satrio Hermanto         Indonesia       1:51.423  +4.269
20. Jin-Woo Hwang           Korea           no time


http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72215
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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby CrazyChick » Sat 22 Nov, 2008 4:18 pm

Carroll scores maiden feature pole

By Steven English Saturday, November 22nd 2008

Adam Carroll secured his second pole position in as many rounds by topping the final qualifying segment for Sunday's A1GP feature race at Sepang.

The Team Ireland driver, who won the sprint race from pole position at Chengdu two weeks ago, used his one lap with the power boost in qualifying to seal his first feature race pole.

"I wanted that one quite badly," said Carroll. "That's when I chose to use the boost and it was a good lap."

Danny Watts was second fastest for Team Great Britain, two tenths behind Carroll, with Daniel Morad scoring by far the best ever qualifying performance for Team Lebanon in.............

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Pos Driver                Team               Time         Gap
 1. Adam Carroll          Ireland            1:47.124
 2. Danny Watts           Great Britain      1:47.340  +0.216
 3. Daniel Morad          Lebanon            1:47.645  +0.521
 4. Fairuz Fauzy          Malaysia           1:47.648  +0.524
 5. Filipe Albuquerque    Portugal           1:47.680  +0.556
 6. Jeroen Bleekemolen    Netherlands        1:47.825  +0.701
 7. Narain Karthikeyan    India              1:47.848  +0.724
 8. Marco Andretti        USA                1:47.866  +0.742
 9. Loic Duval            France             1:47.993  +0.869
10. Ho-Pin Tung           China              1:48.126  +1.002
11. Clivio Piccione       Monaco             1:48.242  +1.118
12. Felipe Guimaraes      Brazil             1:48.323  +1.199
13. John Martin           Australia          1:48.586  +1.462
14. Satrio Hermanto       Indonesia          1:48.839  +1.715
15. Earl Bamber           New Zealand        1:48.866  +1.742
16. Neel Jani             Switzerland        1:48.980  +1.856
17. Adrian Zaugg          South Africa       1:49.061  +1.937
18. David Garza           Mexico             1:49.537  +2.413
19. Edoardo Piscopo       Italy              1:49.885  +2.761
20. Jin-Woo Hwang         Korea              no time


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Andretti's best qualifying position so far in 8th.. those who used their power boost qualifying for the sprint race suffered for the feature race...
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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby vikki » Sun 23 Nov, 2008 12:36 pm

adam carroll destroys the field at sepang.which when you look at the field is probably how it should be. ;)

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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby vikki » Sun 23 Nov, 2008 12:38 pm

adam carroll talks about the excitement of actually getting paid to drive a racing car. :lol)

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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby CrazyChick » Mon 24 Nov, 2008 12:07 am

sprint race results, http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72229 concludes a bad weekend from the british squad, but an surprise lead in the standings for Team Ireland...

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Pos Team         Points
1.  Ireland        43 FL*2
2.  Portugal       35
3.  France         31 FL
3.  New Zealand    31
5.  Malaysia       29
6.  Switzerland    28 FL
7.  Netherlands    26 FL
8.  Australia      22
9.  Great Britain  16
9.  USA            16 FL
11. South Africa   15
12. Monaco          9
13. Italy           4
13. Brazil          4
13. Korea           4
13. China           4
17. Lebanon         3
18. India           1
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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby NewMrMe » Mon 24 Nov, 2008 12:27 am

There was a strange accident at the start of the sprint race where both Marco Andretti and the Brazilian driver (cannot remember who he is at the moment) were launched into the air off the back of Narain Karthikeyan's car before they had crossed the start line.
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Re: A1GP hits Sepang, Malaysia

Postby Pepper » Mon 24 Nov, 2008 1:58 pm

Oh bags.


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