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2006–07 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Beijing, China

The 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, China was an A1 Grand Prix race, held on November 12, 2006 at Beijing International Streetcircuit, Beijing, China. It was the third race in the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season and the first ever meeting held at the circuit.

2006-07 A1GP of China
Race Details
Race 3 of 11 in the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season
DateNovember 12, 2006
LocationBeijing International Streetcircuit
Beijing, China
WeatherClear, 12°C
Qualifying
PoleFlag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen)
Time1:00.093 (no pole time1, no pole time2)
Sprint Race
1stFlag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen)
2ndFlag of Mexico.svg Mexico (Salvador Durán)
3rdFlag of Italy.svg Italy (Enrico Toccacelo)
Main Race
1stFlag of Italy.svg Italy (Enrico Toccacelo)
2ndFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Oliver Jarvis)
3rdFlag of Australia.svg Australia (Karl Reindler)
Fast Lap
FLFlag of Canada.svg Canada (James Hinchcliffe)
Time58.107, (Lap 39 of Feature Race)
Official Classifications

ReportEdit

PracticeEdit

The first day of practice was canceled because of safety concerns, specifically a very tight hairpin. A revised track layout was devised for extended Saturday practice session.[1]

QualifyingEdit

The field was set by morning practice times, giving The Netherlands' driver Jeroen Bleekemolen pole position for the Sprint race.

Sprint raceEdit

The width of the track was also an issue in the Sprint race, as South Africa's Adrian Zaugg spun and stalled his car, blocking half of the track. The safety car was deployed, as a flatbed truck came to remove the stricken vehicle and blocked the entire track, halting the remaining cars.

With more than half the race under the safety car, Jeroen Bleekemolen won the race for The Netherlands, with Salvador Durán of Mexico and A1 Team Italy's Enrico Toccacelo in second and third.

Main raceEdit

ResultsEdit

QualificationEdit

Qualification was cancelled due to track problems. Accordingly, the grid was set from the times set in the 25 minutes of the morning practice session (Practice 3) before it was red-flagged, under article 144 of the Sporting Regulations.

Pos Team Driver Laps Quickest Time Gap
1   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 16 1:00.093 --
2   Mexico Salvador Durán 11 1:00.583 + 0.490
3   Italy Enrico Toccacelo 14 1:00.942 + 0.849
4   Canada James Hinchcliffe 11 1:01.103 + 1.010
5   Germany Nico Hülkenberg 11 1:01.275 + 1.182
6   Brazil Raphael Matos 18 1:01.306 + 1.213
7   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 11 1:01.361 + 1.268
8   Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 19 1:01.404 + 1.311
9   Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 21 1:01.555 + 1.462
10   Switzerland Neel Jani 11 1:01.711 + 1.618
11   Ireland Michael Devaney 12 1:02.810 + 2.717
12   New Zealand Matt Halliday 11 1:02.852 + 2.759
13   USA Philip Giebler 11 1:02.916 + 2.823
14   Australia Karl Reindler 10 1:02.999 + 2.906
15   China Congfu Cheng 16 1:03.275 + 3.182
16   Malaysia Alex Yoong 8 1:04.246 + 4.153
17   Singapore Christian Murchison 6 1:05.897 + 5.804
18   Indonesia Ananda Mikola 9 1:06.038 + 5.945
19   India Armaan Ebrahim 14 1:06.056 + 5.963
20   Lebanon Basil Shaaban 14 1:06.389 + 6.296
21   France Nicolas Lapierre 3 1:09.662 + 9.569
22   Pakistan Nur B. Ali 13 1:10.263 + 10.170

Sprint Race resultsEdit

The Sprint Race took place on Sunday, November 12, 2006.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 15 20'28.420 6
2   Mexico Salvador Durán 15 + 1.464 5
3   Italy Enrico Toccacelo 15 + 2.311 4
4   Canada James Hinchcliffe 15 + 3.375 3
5   Germany Nico Hülkenberg 15 + 3.943 2
6   Brazil Raphael Matos 15 + 4.400 1
7   Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 15 + 7.377
8   Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 15 + 8.397
9   Switzerland Neel Jani 15 + 8.849
10   New Zealand Matt Halliday 15 + 9.265
11   USA Philip Giebler 15 + 10.422
12   Australia Karl Reindler 15 + 11.920
13   China Congfu Cheng 15 + 13.216
14   Malaysia Alex Yoong 15 + 17.027
15   Indonesia Ananda Mikola 15 + 18.479
16   Singapore Christian Murchison 15 + 20.659
17   France Nicolas Lapierre 15 + 20.802
18   India Armaan Ebrahim 15 + 22.253
19   Lebanon Basil Shaaban 15 + 22.783
20   Ireland Michael Devaney 15 + 23.247
21   Pakistan Nur B. Ali 15 + 47.541
22   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 2 + 13 laps

Feature Race resultsEdit

The Feature Race took place on Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Italy Enrico Toccacelo 63 1.10.15.919 10
2   Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 63 + 4.508 9
3   Australia Karl Reindler 63 + 5.917 8
4   France Nicolas Lapierre 63 + 12.900 7
5   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 63 + 13.278 6
6   Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 63 + 13.684 5
7   Brazil Raphael Matos 63 + 14.839 4
8   Singapore Christian Murchison 63 + 16.486 3
9   New Zealand Matt Halliday 63 + 17.005 2
10   Canada James Hinchcliffe 62 + 1 Lap 1
11   India Armaan Ebrahim 62 + 1 Lap
12   Malaysia Alex Yoong 61 + 2 Laps
13   Lebanon Basil Shaaban 61 + 2 Laps
14   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 53 + 10 Laps
15   Germany Nico Hülkenberg 53 + 10 Laps
16   Indonesia Ananda Mikola 36 + 27 Laps
17   China Congfu Cheng 28 + 35 Laps
18   USA Philip Giebler 21 + 42 Laps
19   Switzerland Neel Jani 20 + 43 Laps
20   Mexico Salvador Durán 14 + 49 Laps
21   Ireland Michael Devaney 3 + 60 Laps
22   Pakistan Nur B. Ali 1 + 62 Laps

A1GP BeijingEdit

The first Chinese round of the 2006/07 A1GP took place on the streets of Beijing. However, due to various safety concerns, the circuit was shortened, races started behind the safety car, and the Sprint Race was run mostly behind the safety car, as noted above. These incidents led to questions about the management and organization of both the event and A1GP in general.

Similar problems in ChinaEdit

Similar problems have occurred before in China. The 2004 DTM race around the streets of Pudong in Shanghai was hampered by crashes due to manhole covers becoming undone; the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix on the Shanghai International Circuit was interrupted when the safety car had to be deployed when a water runoff drain became open. The same problem also occurred in the Australian V8 Supercars race on the same circuit a few months before.

ReferencesEdit