2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Zhuhai, China
The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Zhuhai, China was an A1 Grand Prix race held on December 16, 2007 at the Zhuhai International Circuit, China. It was the fourth meeting in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season.
|2007-08 A1GP of Zuhai, China|
|Race 4 of 10 in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season|
|Date||December 16, 2007|
|Location||Zhuhai International Circuit|
|2nd||Switzerland (Neel Jani)|
|3rd||China (Cong Fu Cheng)|
|FL||Switzerland (Neel Jani)|
|Time||1'24.418, (Lap 11)|
|Pole||Switzerland (Neel Jani)|
|1st||India (Narain Karthikeyan)|
|2nd||New Zealand (Jonny Reid)|
|3rd||South Africa (Adrian Zaugg)|
|FL||Great Britain (Oliver Jarvis)|
|Time||1'24.703, (Lap 29)|
After suffering injuries in a sportscar racing accident in the United States, Tomáš Enge is back to drive the A1 Team Czech Republic car. Erik Janis who drove since the first round in Zandvoort, this season, will be rookie driver.
The start make it through but Australia, South Africa, Lebanon and Brazil and Malaysia are all involved in a multi-car crash in turn 5, lap 1 and the Safety car is out. Brazil and South Africa collide and result the Lebanon is out, Malaysia and South Africa retire in the pit and Brazil loses a lap.
Safety car is in on lap 4 and the order is Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, China, Czech Republic and Great Britain. Switzerland come near Germany ; China is pushing Ireland hard. In lap 8, Neel Jani (Switzerland) sets the fastest lap and in lap 11 Cong Fu Cheng (China) passes Adam Carroll (Ireland) for 3rd. Ireland fights back until crossing the line.
New Zealand and Canada fight for 10th since Safety car is on and in lap 11, the two cars touch. Canada spins down to 15th. The same lap, Portugal crash at the final turn.
Germany wins its first race of the season in front of Switzerland, China, Ireland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, India, France, Netherlands and New Zealand. A1 Team China and Cong Fu Cheng enjoy their success in their home race.
|2||Switzerland||Neel Jani||13||+ 0.601||2||12+1|
|3||China||Cong Fu Cheng||13||+4.632||4||10|
|5||Czech Republic||Tomáš Enge||13||+7.386||6||6|
|6||Great Britain||Oliver Jarvis||13||+7.865||5||5|
|10||New Zealand||Jonny Reid||13||+12.992||13||1|
|16||Mexico||David Garza Perez||13||+23.388||22|
|18||Brazil||Sérgio Jimenez||12||+1 Lap||12|
|19||Portugal||João Urbano||10||+3 Laps||15|
|Ret||South Africa||Adrian Zaugg||1||Damage||14|
Just before the race, it was announced that the second pit stop window will be between laps 25 and 33. The race start at 15:00, local time. At the first turn, Ireland and Brazil collide and are delayed. Germany ran wide and lost a lot of places. Malaysia stranded out of the track after a collision with New Zealand and the Safety car is out in this first lap. Brazil, with smoke coming out of the car, Canada and Australia comes into pits meanwhile Edoardo Piscopo (Italy) his pulled off onto the side of the circuit.
Robert Wickens retire is car in pit because of mechanical failure the lap before the Safety car is in, on lap 5. Several fight in the next laps. New Zealand has passed China and then USA for 6th. The first pit stop window is open on lap 8 and the current standing is Great Britain, Switzerland with the current fastest lap, India, France, South Africa, New Zealand, China and USA.
Narain Karthikeyan(India), Loïc Duval (France) and Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) comes in pit. Neel Jani (Switzerland) still out for one more lap during the long pit stop of the British driver. The Netherlands damage the suspension and retire on lap 9. After most of the racers have made their first compulsory stop, Switzerland lead the race. Portugal stack up India, France, Great Britain and South Africa until it goes off on lap 14. The next lap, South Africa passes Great Britain for 5th. In lap 16, after Portugal pit, Switzerland lead from India, New Zealand, France, South Africa and Great Britain.
Australia is back on track after losing 3 laps in garage. France receive a drive-through penalty for clipping USA's left-rear airline as it left the pit box. Loïc Duval return on track on 15th. Chris Alajajian (Lebanon) clips a kerb, spin and lost a lot of time in lap 18. Lap 19, Adam Carroll (Ireland) pull into the pits and Satrio Hermanto (Indonesia) retire into the gravel. France is on a charge, is now 10th and take the fastest lap in lap 21.
The second pit stop window is now open on lap 25. Switzerland have a problem with the right rear tyre and bring the car to the pits but it lost time to take the wheel off. India is now leading. After a slow stop for Great Britain and India, Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) make the fastest lap on lap 29. China is going to be given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pits. Now, the standing is India front of New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and France.
Germany and Great Britain are pushing South Africa until the finish line. Cong Fu Cheng (China) is fighting with Jonathan Summerton (USA) since lap 37 and passes in lap 40 when USA has gone wide across the grass. Jonny Reid (New Zealand) is now close from Narain Karthikeyan (India). India wins and score the team's first ever win in A1GP, it is the 14th nation to take a win. The final standing is India, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain with fastest lap, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, China and USA.
|2||New Zealand||Jonny Reid||45||+0.502||10||12|
|3||South Africa||Adrian Zaugg||45||+4.128||9||10|
|5||Great Britain||Oliver Jarvis||45||+5.267||2||6+1|
|8||Czech Republic||Tomáš Enge||45||+27.140||16||3|
|9||China||Cong Fu Cheng||45||+27.579||6||2|
|11||Mexico||David Garza Perez||45||+49.353||22|
|13||Lebanon||Chris Alajajian||44||+1 Lap||15|
|14||Pakistan||Adam Langley-Khan||44||+1 Lap||17|
|15||Australia||Ian Dyk||42||+3 Laps||19|
After the first win of the A1 Team India in A1 Grand Prix this weekend, on feature race, Dr. Manmohan Singh, the nation's Prime Minister congratulate Narain Karthikeyan and the team. In January 2008, just before the next round, in Taupo, New Zealand, Narain Karthikeyan meets Indian President, Pratibha Patil who congratulate him and the team's achievements in Zuhai.
- It was the 26th race weekend (52 starts).
- It was the first venue in Zhuhai International Circuit, the fourth in China (including Shanghai and Beijing venues)
- It was the first race for David Garza Perez and Edoardo Piscopo.
- It was the first race weekend for Gonçalo Araújo, Clemente Faria Jr, Alexandre Imperatori, Niall Quinn, David Garza Perez and Danny Watts.
- Tomas Enge is back! a1gp.com (December 11, 2007)
- India takes best ever grid-slot a1gp.com (December 15, 2007)
- Sprint race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
- Feature race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
- First win for A1 Team India a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
- India goes crazy for A1GP a1gp.com (December 30, 2007)
- Narain meets Indian President a1gp.com (January 17, 2008)
- Mexico to race newcomer Garza a1gp.com (December 10, 2007)
- Piscopo to make Italy race debut a1gp.com (December 14, 2007)
- Portugal names next three rookies Archived February 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine a1gp.com (December 3, 2007)
- Brazil name Faria as Taupo rookie a1gp.com (December 5, 2007)
- Swiss to use track expert rookie a1gp.com (December 11, 2007)
- Quinn wins Ireland rookie role a1gp.com (December 5, 2007)
- Jarvis back for Great Britain a1gp.com (December 7, 2007)
- Germany wins the Sprint race
- Sprint race: lap-by-lap
- Sprint Race Results
- First win for A1 Team India
- Feature race: lap-by-lap
- Feature Race Results
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