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2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, China

The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, China was an A1 Grand Prix race, held at Chengdu Goldenport Circuit, Chengdu, People's Republic of China.

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008–09 A1GP of China
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Race Details
Race 2 of 7 in the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season
DateNovember 9, 2008
LocationChengdu Goldenport Circuit
Chengdu, People's Republic of China
WeatherClear, 20°C
Sprint race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time1'15.423
Podium
1stFlag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
2ndFlag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Robert Doornbos)
3rdFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Danny Watts)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time1'16.084, (Lap 17)
Feature race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Danny Watts)
Time1'15.325
Podium
1stFlag of Portugal.svg Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque)
2ndFlag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
3rdFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Danny Watts)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Robert Doornbos)
Time1'15.212, (Lap 33)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

All proceeds from this race were donated to the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund, following the earthquake which devastated the region in May 2008.

DriversEdit

After missing the first race due to a lack of cars, A1 Teams Great Britain, India and Mexico took part in this race.[1] Both A1 Team Pakistan and A1 Team Germany will not make their season debut until the fourth round at Taupo. Team Pakistan require more changes to their chassis to render it suitable for their lead driver Adam Khan, while Team Germany is undergoing management restructuring.[1]

The status of A1 Team Canada was not announced, but they were removed from the race's drivers list on the A1GP website front page, and did not make an appearance. Their status for future events is still unknown.

Team Main Driver Rookie Driver[2]
  Australia John Martin
  Brazil Felipe Guimarães Felipe Guimarães
  Canada Did Not Participate
  China Ho-Pin Tung
  France Nicolas Prost[3][4] Nicolas Prost
  Germany Did Not Participate
  Great Britain Danny Watts[5] Danny Watts[5]
  India Narain Karthikeyan[6] Narain Karthikeyan
  Indonesia Satrio Hermanto Zahir Ali[7]
  Ireland Adam Carroll Niall Quinn
  Italy Edoardo Piscopo Christian Montanari[8]
  Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Hwang Jin-Woo
  Lebanon Daniel Morad Daniel Morad
  Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy[9] Aaron Lim[9]
  Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez Davíd Garza Pérez
  Monaco Clivio Piccione
  The Netherlands Robert Doornbos[10] Dennis Retera[11]
  New Zealand Chris van der Drift[9] Chris van der Drift
  Pakistan Did Not Participate
  Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
  South Africa Adrian Zaugg
  Switzerland Neel Jani Alexandre Imperiatori
  USA Marco Andretti[12][13] Marco Andretti

↑ Karthikeyan and Andretti were granted special dispensation to participate in the rookie session as neither team had completed as many testing miles as the other teams with the new car. Karthikeyan (F1) and Andretti (IRL ICS) are veteran drivers in one of the four series (F1, GP2, FN, IRL-ICS) which their drivers may not compete as A1GP rookies.[14]

QualifyingEdit

Due to a delay in recovering the   Italian car after spinning into a gravel trp during the first qualifying session, the second qualifying session was cancelled, meaning all times from Q1 set the field for Q1, with   Ireland taking their first ever pole position, ahead of   The Netherlands and   Switzerland.

Q4 was stopped briefly after a spin for   France. The session was resumed with teams able to make a run in time. Danny Watts for   Great Britain took pole ahead of   Ireland and   Portugal.

Sprint race qualifying[15]
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Ireland 1'15.423
2   Netherlands 1'15.492 +0.069
3   Switzerland 1'15.683 +0.260
4   Great Britain 1'15.799 +0.376
5   Portugal 1'16.124 +0.701
6   France 1'16.164 +0.741
7   South Africa 1'16.268 +0.845
8   New Zealand 1'16.505 +1.082
9   India 1'16.553 +1.130
10   Monaco 1'16.794 +1.371
11   Australia 1'17.054 +1.631
12   Brazil 1'17.131 +1.708
13   Lebanon 1'17.143 +1.720
14   Malaysia 1'17.171 +1.748
15   Italy 1'17.288 +1.865
16   USA 1'17.437 +2.014
17   Mexico 1'18.025 +2.602
18   China 1'18.128 +2.703
19   Indonesia 1'19.479 +4.056
20   Korea 1'20.102 +4.679
Feature race qualifying[16]
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Great Britain 1'15.325
2   Ireland 1'15.356 +0.031
3   Portugal 1'15.400 +0.075
4   Switzerland 1'15.621 +0.296
5   South Africa 1'15.947 +0.622
6   Malaysia 1'15.963 +0.638
7   Monaco 1'16.016 +0.691
8   Netherlands 1'16.124 +0.799
9   Australia 1'16.289 +0.964
10   Brazil 1'16.403 +1.078
11   USA 1'16.557 +1.232
12   France 1'16.604 +1.279
13   Lebanon 1'16.702 +1.377
14   Mexico 1'16.965 +1.660
15   New Zealand 1'17.176 +1.851
16   India 1'17.218 +1.893
17   China 1'17.299 +1.974
18   Indonesia 1'17.759 +2.434
19   Italy 1'17.845 +2.520
20   Korea 1'18.875 +3.550

Sprint RaceEdit

For safety reasons, a pit stop was not required for the Sprint Race. In lap 2,   Brazil is slowing and the Safety car is on while Felipe Guimarães reach the pits. In the same lap 2,   China spun and lost some positions but finally catch up and pass   Korea in lap 7. when the Safety car is out, the order was   Ireland,   Netherlands,   Great Britain,   Switzerland,   South Africa,   Portugal,   New Zealand and   France. Those positions remain until the end of the race with the fastest lap for   Adam Carroll.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Ireland Adam Carroll 18 22'58.740 10 +1
2   Netherlands Robert Doornbos 18 +2.037 8
3   Great Britain Danny Watts 18 +14.361 6
4   Switzerland Neel Jani 18 +14.619 5
5   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 18 +20.108 4
6   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 18 +20.475 3
7   New Zealand Chris van der Drift 18 +27.224 2
8   France Nicolas Prost 18 +27.923 1
9   Monaco Clivio Piccione 18 +30.378
10   India Narain Karthikeyan 18 +32.268
11   Australia John Martin 18 +33.198
12   Lebanon Daniel Morad 18 +34.293
13   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 18 +34.665
14   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 18 +36.541
15   USA Marco Andretti 18 +38.102
16   Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 18 +42.511
17   China Ho-Pin Tung 18 +49.611
18   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 18 +1'04.128
19   Korea Hwang Jin-Woo 18 +1'06.171
20   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 14 +4 laps

Feature RaceEdit

The second pit-stop window for the Feature Race was set for Laps 24–32.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 51 1:11'23.179 15
2   Ireland Adam Carroll 51 +0.571 12
3   Great Britain Danny Watts 51 +4.802 10
4   Switzerland Neel Jani 51 +7.157 8
5   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 51 +13.302 6
6   Australia John Martin 51 +15.544 5
7   Monaco Clivio Piccione 51 +16.236 4
8   USA Marco Andretti 51 +16.690 3
9   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 51 +18.030 2
10   India Narain Karthikeyan 51 +18.579 1
11   New Zealand Chris van der Drift 51 +19.675
12   China Ho-Pin Tung 51 +20.126
13   Lebanon Daniel Morad 51 +22.580
14   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 51 +31.285
15   Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 50 +1 lap
16   Netherlands Robert Doornbos 50 +1 lap +1
17   Korea Hwang Jin-Woo 50 +1 lap
Ret   France Nicolas Prost 37 Spin
Ret   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 30 Mechanical
Ret   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 13 Mechanical

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "A1GP teams for next events". a1gp.com. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  2. ^ 2008/09, Chengdu, China, Rookies combined forix.com
  3. ^ "Prost gets France drive". a1gp.com. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  4. ^ "Nicolas Prost titulaire pour Chengdu". automoto365.com. 2008-11-03. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2008-11-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Watts to make GBR race debut". a1gp.com. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  6. ^ "Karthikeyan returns for India". a1gp.com. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  7. ^ "Fresh rookie talent for Indonesia". a1gp.com. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  8. ^ "A New A1 Team Italy Rookie Driver". a1gp.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  9. ^ a b c "Title rivals name their drivers". a1gp.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  10. ^ "Netherlands names its drivers". a1gp.com. 2008-09-18. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "New circuit, new drivers". a1gp.com. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  12. ^ "Marco Andretti confirmed for USA". a1gp.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  13. ^ "First start for Andretti". indycar.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  14. ^ "Switzerland's Friday feeling". a1gp.com. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  15. ^ 2008/09, Chengdu, China, Sprint: starting grid forix.com
  16. ^ 2008/09, Chengdu, China, Feature: starting grid forix.com

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