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2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa

The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa was an A1 Grand Prix race which was held at Kyalami, South Africa.

Flag of South Africa.svg 2008–09 A1GP of South Africa
Kyalami.svg
Race Details
Race 5 of 7 in the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season
Date22 February 2009
LocationKyalami
Midrand, South Africa
WeatherClear, 27°C
Sprint race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen)
Time1:27.717
Podium
1stFlag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen)
2ndFlag of Portugal.svg Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque)
3rdFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of Portugal.svg Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque)
Time1:29.072, (Lap 9)
Feature race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of Monaco.svg Monaco (Clivio Piccione)
Time1:27.269
Podium
1stFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
2ndFlag of Brazil.svg Brazil (Felipe Guimarães)
3rdFlag of Monaco.svg Monaco (Clivio Piccione)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia (Fairuz Fauzy)
Time1:28.306, (Lap 15)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

Contents

Pre-raceEdit

A1 Team Korea failed to participate the race as the organiser of the series could not supply electrical units and fuel tank due to mistake of the transportation from New Zealand.[1][2] The team had planned the debut of 2008 Macau Grand Prix winner Keisuke Kunimoto (Lee Gyeong-Woo), a Japanese driver of Korean descent, as rookie driver on the weekend.[3]

DriversEdit

QualifyingEdit

Sprint race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Netherlands 1:27.717
2   Portugal 1:28.072 + 0.355
3   Switzerland 1:28.153 + 0.436
4   Monaco 1:28.417 + 0.700
5   India 1:28.431 + 0.714
6   Ireland 1:28.437 + 0.720
7   France 1:28.531 + 0.814
8   South Africa 1:28.890 + 1.173
9   Malaysia 1:28.904 + 1.187
10   Italy 1:29.253 + 1.536
11   Germany 1:29.337 + 1.620
12   New Zealand 1:29.364 + 1.647
13   Great Britain 1:29.567 + 1.850
14   Brazil 1:29.726 + 2.009
15   China 1:29.758 + 2.041
16   Mexico 1:29.884 + 2.167
17   USA 1:29.916 + 2.199
18   Lebanon 1:30.136 + 2.419
19   Australia 1:30.414 + 2.697
20   Indonesia no time
Feature race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Monaco 1:27.269
2   Malaysia 1:27.405 + 0.136
3   New Zealand 1:27.569 + 0.300
4   Australia 1:28.439 + 1.170
5   Switzerland 1:28.521 + 1.252
6   Ireland 1:28.593 + 1.324
7   Portugal 1:28.773 + 1.504
8   Brazil 1:28.878 + 1.609
9   Netherlands 1:28.926 + 1.657
10   Great Britain 1:29.092 + 1.823
11   France 1:29.155 + 1.886
12   China 1:29.158 + 1.889
13   Mexico 1:29.343 + 2.074
14   USA 1:29.487 + 2.218
15   Germany 1:29.565 + 2.296
16   South Africa 1:29.884 + 2.615
17   Italy 1:30.063 + 2.794
18   India 1:30.505 + 3.236
19   Indonesia no time
20   Lebanon no time

Sprint RaceEdit

 
Jeroen Bleekemolen won the race from pole position for A1 Team the Netherlands, his first win in the series.
Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 14 21:35.105 10
2   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 14 + 4.407 8+1
3   Switzerland Neel Jani 14 + 10.600 6
4   Ireland Adam Carroll 14 + 12.925 5
5   Monaco Clivio Piccione 14 + 14.363 4
6   India Narain Karthikeyan 14 + 18.474 3
7   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 14 + 21.178 2
8   New Zealand Earl Bamber 14 + 26.539 1
9   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 14 + 26.925
10   France Nicolas Prost 14 + 28.101
11   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 14 + 32.081
12   Australia John Martin 14 + 34.474
13   China Ho-Pin Tung 14 + 37.804
14   Germany Michael Ammermüller 14 + 39.068
15   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 14 + 39.717
16   Mexico Salvador Durán 14 + 45.006
17   USA Marco Andretti 14 + 55.636
18   Indonesia Zahir Ali 14 + 1:17.724
19   Great Britain Danny Watts 9 Accident
20   Lebanon Daniel Morad 6 + 8 Laps

Feature RaceEdit

 
A1 Team Switzerland's Neel Jani won the race, and after Adam Carroll's earlier error, acquired the championship lead.
 
A1 Team Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy recorded the fastest lap of the race.
Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Switzerland Neel Jani 40 1:02:24.617 15
2   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 40 + 13.176 12
3   Monaco Clivio Piccione 40 + 14.193 10
4   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 40 + 17.024 8
5   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 40 + 17.995 6
6   Lebanon Daniel Morad 40 + 31.210 5
7   Great Britain Danny Watts 40 + 34.328 4
8   USA Marco Andretti 40 + 59.000 3
9   Indonesia Zahir Ali 40 + 1:03.995 2
10   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 40 + 1:04.856 1
11   Germany Michael Ammermüller 40 + 1:08.603
12   India Narain Karthikeyan 40 + 1:09.150
13   Australia John Martin 40 + 1:20.545
14   China Ho-Pin Tung 22 Electrics
15   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 17 + 23 Laps 0+1
16   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 15 Electrics
17   New Zealand Earl Bamber 3 Accident
18   France Nicolas Prost 3 Accident
19   Mexico Salvador Durán 3 Accident
20   Ireland Adam Carroll 0 Spin

Post-raceEdit

Following the race, the team principals of both Ireland and Malaysia issued statements regarding the on-track incident on the first lap of the Feature Race, which resulted in Ireland spinning out into retirement, and subsequently losing the championship lead to Switzerland.[8]

Frankly, I'm disgusted. We're pushing to win a championship and it's not the only time that this driver has caused incidents, doing the same thing to New Zealand later in the race. That's cost us the championship points lead that we fought so hard to create. We were on course to consolidate our points lead today but for a piece of poor driving. A1 Team Malaysia is one of the very best in A1GP, but today their driver has cost us dearly.

— Mark Gallagher, A1 Team Ireland team principal

It's understandable that A1 Team Ireland was feeling emotional and frustrated after this incident, considering also that they lost the lead in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. However, to blame Fairuz for the incident is unfair and we think the Irish team should stick to trying to win races rather than blaming others for their misfortune. A1 Team Ireland is a highly respected team, but on this occasion their comments are ill-judged.

— Jack Cunningham, A1 Team Malaysia chief executive

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "사진 스위스, A1GP 5R 우승 '단독선두'" (in Korean). A1 Team Korea official website. 24 February 2009. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  2. ^ "달려보지도 못한 A1 "나 원~"" (in Korean). chosun.com. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  3. ^ "자동차경주 A1 팀코리아, 이경우 영입" (in Korean). A1 Team Korea official website. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  4. ^ "2008/09, Kyalami, South Africa, Rookies". a1gp.com. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Prost gets surprise France recall". a1gp.com. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Watts to return to A1GP at Kyalami". autosport.com. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Black Beauty's Bamber boost". a1gp.com. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  8. ^ "War of words". a1gp.com. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.

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