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2006–07 A1 Grand Prix season

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2006–07 A1 Grand Prix of Nations
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The 2006–07 A1 Grand Prix season was the second season for the A1 Grand Prix series. It began on 1 October 2006, at Circuit Park Zandvoort, and the season ended at Brands Hatch on 29 April 2007. A1 Team Germany won it with 128 points, 35 points lead ahead Team New Zealand.

TeamsEdit

24 teams, each representing a different country, signed up for the second A1 Grand Prix season. All teams and drivers competed in Zytek-powered, Cooper Avon-shod and Lola chassis. The following teams competed in the 2006-07 championship:

Race Team Team Seat holder Race drivers Rounds Other drivers
  Alan Docking Racing   A1 Team Australia Alan Jones   Ryan Briscoe 1, 4-5
  Karl Reindler 2-3, 6-8
  Ian Dyk 9-11
  Arena Motorsport   A1 Team Greece Stathis Basios   Takis Kaitatzis 1-2
  Nikos Zakos 2
  A1 Team India Atul Gupta   Armaan Ebrahim 1-5
  Narain Karthikeyan 6, 8-11
  Parthiva Sureshwaren 7
  Carlin Motorsport   A1 Team Lebanon Tameem Auchi   Basil Shaaban 1, 3, 5
  Graham Rahal 2
  Khalil Beschir 4
  Alexander Khateeb 6-7
  Allam Khodair 8-11
  Charouz Racing System   A1 Team Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi   Tuka Rocha 1-2, 5, 7   Ruben Carrapatoso
  Alexandre Negrão
  Luiz Razia
  Raphael Matos 3-4, 6
  Bruno Junqueira 8-9, 11
  Vitor Meira 10
  A1 Team Czech Republic Antonin Charouz   Tomáš Kostka 1   Jaroslav Janiš
  Tomáš Enge 2-4, 6-8
  Jaroslav Janiš 5, 9
  Filip Salaquarda 10
  Jan Charouz 11
  DAMS   A1 Team France Jean Paul Driot   Nicolas Lapierre 1-5
  Loïc Duval 6-8, 11
  Jean Karl Vernay 9-10
  A1 Team South Africa Tokyo Sexwale   Adrian Zaugg 1, 3-4, 8-9, 11   Gavin Cronje
  Jennifer Murray
  Stephen Simpson 2
  Alan van der Merwe 5-7, 10
  A1 Team Great Britain   A1 Team Great Britain Tony Clements
John Surtees
  Darren Manning 1
  Robbie Kerr 2, 4-8, 10-11
  Oliver Jarvis 3
  A1 Team Indonesia   A1 Team Indonesia N/A   Ananda Mikola 1-10
  Moreno Soeprapto 11
  John Village Automotive   A1 Team Canada Wade Cherwayko   James Hinchcliffe 1-3, 6-9
  Sean McIntosh 4-5, 10-11
  A1 Team Malaysia   A1 Team Malaysia Alex Yoong   Alex Yoong All   Fairuz Fauzy
  Max Motorsport   A1 Team Switzerland Max Welti   Sébastien Buemi 1-2, 6-7, 10-11
  Neel Jani 3-5, 8
  Marcel Fässler 9
  Performance Racing   A1 Team Pakistan Arif Hussain   Nur B. Ali All
  Racing for Holland   A1 Team The Netherlands Jan Lammers   Jeroen Bleekemolen 1-9, 11
  Renger van der Zande 9-10
  Status Grand Prix   A1 Team Ireland Mark Kershaw   Michael Devaney 1-4
  Richard Lyons 5-11
  Super Nova Racing   A1 Team Germany Willi Weber   Nico Hülkenberg 1-8, 10-11
  Christian Vietoris 9
  A1 Team New Zealand Colin Giltrap   Matt Halliday 1, 3, 8, 11
  Jonny Reid 2, 4-7, 9-10
  Team Astromega   A1 Team China Liu Yu   Congfu Cheng 1-4, 10-11
  Ho-Pin Tung 5-9
  A1 Team Portugal Luis Vicente   Álvaro Parente 8-9, 11
  João Urbano 10
  Team Ghinzani   A1 Team Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani   Alessandro Pier Guidi 1-2   Michele Rugolo
  Enrico Toccacelo 3-11
  Teamex   A1 Team Mexico Juan Cortina
Julio Jáuregui
  Salvador Durán 1-9
  Sergio Pérez 10
  Juan Pablo Garcia 11
  West Surrey Racing   A1 Team Singapore N.A.   Christian Murchison 1, 3-4, 6-8
  Denis Lian 2
  A1 Team USA Rick Weidlinger   Philip Giebler 1-5, 7
  Ryan Hunter-Reay 6
  Jonathan Summerton 8-11

3 A1GP Teams did not participate in all races.

Jennifer Murray, from South Africa was the first ever woman to enter in an A1 Grand Prix weekend. She drove in the rookie session of her home race in Durban round.[3]

RacesEdit

The second A1 Grand Prix season is scheduled to consist of 11 races, held in 10 different countries. Each race is to be run over a three-day weekend, including a practice session on each of Friday and Saturday before a qualifying session on Saturday, and then two races on Sunday.

There are some changes in weekend program for second season:

  • Gap between races will be increased to almost three and half hours.
  • Sprint race will be about 20 minutes and Feature race about 70 minutes.
  • Only top six nations score points in sprint race.
Round Date Country Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Report
1 S 1 October 2006   Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort   Adrian Zaugg   Adrian Zaugg   Adrian Zaugg Report
F   Alex Yoong   Nico Hülkenberg
2 S 8 October 2006   Czech Republic Auto Motodrom Brno   Jonny Reid   Alex Yoong   Alex Yoong Report
F   Philip Giebler   Alex Yoong
3 S 12 November 2006   China Jingkai Street Circuit, Beijing   Jeroen Bleekemolen   Salvador Durán   Jeroen Bleekemolen Report
F   James Hinchcliffe   Enrico Toccacelo
4 S 26 November 2006   Malaysia Sepang International Circuit   Neel Jani   Jonny Reid   Neel Jani Report
F   Enrico Toccacelo   Nico Hülkenberg
5 S 10 December 2006   Indonesia Sentul International Circuit   Jonny Reid   Robbie Kerr   Jonny Reid Report
F   Jonny Reid   Jonny Reid
6 S 21 January 2007   New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg Report
F   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg
7 S 4 February 2007   Australia Eastern Creek Raceway   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg Report
F   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg
8 S 25 February 2007   South Africa Durban street circuit   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg   Nico Hülkenberg Report
F   Adrian Zaugg   Nico Hülkenberg
9 S 25 March 2007   Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez   Alex Yoong   Salvador Durán   Alex Yoong Report
F   Jonathan Summerton   Oliver Jarvis
10 S 15 April 2007   China Shanghai International Circuit   Robbie Kerr   Jonny Reid   Robbie Kerr Report
F   Jonny Reid   Jonny Reid
11 S 29 April 2007   United Kingdom Brands Hatch   Robbie Kerr   Robbie Kerr   Robbie Kerr Report
F   Sébastien Buemi   Nico Hülkenberg

A 12th race had been scheduled to have been held in Brazil; however, on 17 January 2007 the A1GP organisation announced that as a result of a delay in obtaining a local terrestrial television agreement then the event would be cancelled.[4]

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Drivers  NLD  CZE  BEI  MYS  IDN  NZL  AUS  RSA  MEX  SHA  GBR Pts
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
1   Germany Nico Hülkenberg 4 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 2 1 5 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 2 1 128
Christian Vietoris Ret 9
2   New Zealand Matt Halliday 6 11 10 9 3 3 16 8 93
Jonny Reid Ret 7 3 8 1 1 3 3 2 2 16 6 2 1
3   Great Britain Darren Manning 5 7 92
Robbie Kerr 9 6 5 2 3 Ret 8 Ret 19 10 9 2 1 2 1 2
Oliver Jarvis 7 2 2 1
4   France Nicolas Lapierre 3 Ret 3 Ret 17 4 6 3 7 3 67
Loïc Duval 2 2 3 9 2 Ret 4 7
Jean Karl Vernay Ret 20 Ret 8
5   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 9 4 11 9 1 Ret 7 9 13 DSQ 4 5 5 4 4 6 17 6 5 57
Renger van der Zande 9 9 4
6   Malaysia Alex Yoong 12 17 1 1 14 12 4 7 12 5 19 11 7 6 Ret 8 1 5 6 11 5 9 55
7   Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi Ret 6 14 20 52
Enrico Toccacelo 3 1 Ret 13 11 4 9 8 15 12 12 Ret 7 4 10 7 3 3
8   Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 10 8 8 10 5 4 4 7 4 9 Ret DSQ 50
Neel Jani 9 Ret 1 4 10 8 5 4
Marcel Fässler 10 14
9   USA Philip Giebler 7 2 6 17 11 Ret 9 6 4 9 8 8 42
Ryan Hunter-Reay 11 10
Jonathan Summerton Ret Ret 5 2 5 Ret 9 6
10   Mexico Salvador Durán 2 5 7 3 2 Ret 11 Ret 2 6 12 Ret 11 15 Ret Ret 17 Ret 35
Sergio Pérez 15 Ret
Juan Pablo Garcia 18 14
11   Canada James Hinchcliffe 8 13 2 5 4 10 6 6 13 Ret 13 Ret 13 15 33
Sean McIntosh 8 5 8 Ret Ret 6 10 12
12   Czech Republic Tomáš Kostka 17 Ret 27
Tomáš Enge 5 2 8 6 Ret 14 17 12 9 5 11 Ret
Jaroslav Janiš 16 7 12 12
Filip Salaquarda 17 10
Jan Charouz 13 15
13   Australia Ryan Briscoe 13 3 12 17 6 10 25
Karl Reindler 15 16 12 3 14 13 14 14 16 Ret
Ian Dyk 3 8 16 Ret 14 Ret
14   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 1 Ret Ret 5 13 12 7 Ret 4 3 15 Ret 24
Stephen Simpson Ret 11
Alan van der Merwe 9 Ret 7 16 16 Ret 8 12
15   China Congfu Cheng 11 9 4 8 13 Ret 10 16 11 15 Ret 10 22
Ho-Pin Tung Ret 13 13 9 6 3 14 Ret 6 10
16   India Armaan Ebrahim Ret Ret 17 18 18 11 16 19 18 Ret 13
Narain Karthikeyan 10 7 15 9 11 18 7 17 7 4
Parthiva Sureshwaren 18 16
17   Portugal Álvaro Parente 8 5 14 7 11 11 10
João Urbano 19 13
18   Brazil Tuka Rocha 14 12 10 14 15 14 Ret 11 9
Raphael Matos 6 7 19 18 16 14
Bruno Junqueira 17 7 Ret 13 12 Ret
Vitor Meira 14 19
19   Ireland Michael Devaney 15 14 13 13 20 Ret 14 10 8
Richard Lyons 17 12 Ret 19 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 16 12 5 8 DSQ
20   Singapore Christian Murchison Ret 16 16 8 15 11 Ret 15 12 Ret Ret Ret 3
Denis Lian 18 19
21   Indonesia Ananda Mikola 19 10 16 15 15 Ret Ret 15 14 11 15 Ret 17 13 10 Ret 8 11 13 16 1
Moreno Soeprapto 17 16
22   Pakistan Nur B. Ali 20 Ret 20 Ret 21 Ret 18 21 20 15 18 18 20 Ret 18 10 15 21 20 18 Ret 17 1
23   Lebanon Basil Shaaban 16 Ret 19 13 19 Ret 0
Graham Rahal 12 12
Khalil Beschir 17 20
Alexander Khateeb Ret 17 Ret 17
Allam Khodair 19 Ret 18 19 18 14 Ret 13
24   Greece Takis Kaitatzis 18 15 Ret 0
Nikos Zakos 19
Pos Team Drivers spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea Pts
 NLD  CZE  BEI  MYS  IDN  NZL  AUS  RSA  MEX  SHA  GBR
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Green Retired, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Not classified (NC)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Blank Did not participate
Injured (INJ)
Excluded (EX)
Bold Pole position
* Fastest lap
spr Sprint Race
fea Feature Race

Notable 2006-07 season happeningsEdit

Beijing IncidentEdit

The first Chinese round of the 2006/07 A1GP took place on the streets of Beijing. However, the tight hairpin at the end of the backstraight was far too tight for the cars to negotiate safely, as there was literally, a 180 degree left turn. Cars were running wide and stopping mid corner, therefore the sessions were red flagged.

A shorter circuit was created, creating another less tighter hairpin halfway up the straight, bypassing most of the old straight. This corner was still not perfect as drivers still ran wide despite the corner being wider, and had to avoid the pitlane entry barrier. It had to suffice, though, because otherwise the race would have to be cancelled.

However, another problem arose in qualifying, when manhole covers on the roads were coming undone due to the racing cars' high downforce and low center of gravity. Grid positions were decided based on practice times. Some advertising banners also came loose around the circuit.

It was announced the races would start behind the safety car, as the first corner was also deemed unsafe.

Both races were uneventful, particularly the Sprint Race which took place almost entirely behind the safety car after course officials failed to remove a single spun car in a timely fashion.

April Fools' hoaxEdit

On 1 April 2006, during the penultimate round of the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season in Shanghai, a fake timetable of the 2006-2007 season was published.[5] This schedule included a night time race in Lapland, an A1GP USA race in Baghdad, a race in Middle-earth at 'The Ring', a Venice Street Race as well as a Tibetan hill climb. In addition, it outlined special regulations, such as requiring only the Cornettos be catered for the Venice race, that "cars will arrive flatpacked for the IKEA Cup race in Narnia, so extra time will be required for their assembly", and that for the hill climb, half the cars will start from the top, and half will start from the bottom. A race in South Los Angeles was to have drive-by penalties.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Course concerns in Beijing". Archived from the original on 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
  2. ^ "A1 Team Portugal returns to A1GP World Cup of Motorsport". Retrieved 2007-02-24.
  3. ^ Jennifer Murray Archived 2008-02-18 at the Wayback Machine results.a1gp.com
  4. ^ "Brazilian race withdrawn from the 2006/07 calendar". Retrieved 2007-01-17.
  5. ^ "A1 Grand Prix Series Two Calendar Announced" (Press release). A1 Grand Prix. 2006-04-01. Archived from the original on 2006-04-06. Retrieved 2006-06-18. So, remember, A1 Grand Prix takes you places you've never been before.

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