2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Netherlands

The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Netherlands was an A1 Grand Prix race, held at Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands. It was originally set to be the second race of the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season, but a delay in the build schedule of the new chassis forced the race at Mugello to be moved from the season opener. The same build delay meant that only seventeen of the twenty-three A1 teams participated in the race.

Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2008–09 A1GP of the Netherlands
Race Details
Race 1 of 7 in the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season
DateOctober 5, 2008
LocationCircuit Park Zandvoort
Zandvoort, Netherlands
WeatherWet, Heavy Rain 12°C
Sprint race
PoleFlag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (J.Bleekemolen)
1stFlag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia (Fairuz Fauzy)
2ndFlag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Earl Bamber)
3rdFlag of France.svg France (Loïc Duval)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of France.svg France (Loïc Duval)
Time1'45.939, (Lap 6)
Feature race
PoleFlag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia (Fairuz Fauzy)
1stFlag of France.svg France (Loïc Duval)
2ndFlag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia (Fairuz Fauzy)
3rdFlag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Earl Bamber)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of the United States.svg USA (Charlie Kimball)
Time1'47.115, (Lap 30)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

This was the first race for South Korea A1 Team Korea (Hwang Jin-Woo), Monaco A1 Team Monaco (Clivio Piccione), and the new "Powered by Ferrari" A1GP car.

Drivers and teamsEdit

On 26 September, an article on the official A1GP website, detailed that a full grid of cars would not be on track at Zandvoort for the race weekend, due to the build schedule delay.[1] It was subsequently confirmed that a maximum of eighteen teams will be racing –   Canada,   Germany (Michael Ammermüller),   Great Britain (Danny Watts),   India (Narain Karthikeyan) and   Mexico (Davíd Garza Pérez) will thus make their season debut at the second round in China.[2]   Germany (Michael Ammermüller) did not, in fact, debut until round 5 in South Africa, while   Canada did not appear all season.

Subsequently,   Team Pakistan revealed that technical issues with their car were compromising the safety of their driver, Adam Khan – and thus, they too delayed the start of their season, leaving 17 teams to race.[3] Like   Canada,   Pakistan did not appear all season.

As several teams were still arriving as of Saturday morning, and were unable to shake down their cars before the start of the planned sessions, rookie sessions were not held.[4]

Team Main Driver
  Australia John Martin[5]
  Brazil Felipe Guimarães
  Canada Did Not Participate
  China Ho-Pin Tung
  France Loïc Duval
  Germany Did Not Participate
  Great Britain Did Not Participate
  India Did Not Participate
  Indonesia Satrio Hermanto
  Ireland Adam Carroll[6]
  Italy Fabio Onidi[7]
  Korea Hwang Jin-Woo
  Lebanon Daniel Morad[8]
  Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy[9]
  Mexico Did Not Participate
  Monaco Clivio Piccione
  The Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
  New Zealand Earl Bamber[10]
  Pakistan Did Not Participate
  Portugal Filipe Albuquerque[11]
  South Africa Adrian Zaugg[12]
  Switzerland Neel Jani[13]
  USA Charlie Kimball


As some teams had only arrived on Saturday morning, the qualifying format was changed for Zandvoort. In place of the usual four fifteen-minute, single-lap sessions, teams were given a one-hour session in which they could complete as many laps as they wished. Those times would set the grid for the Sprint race, while the results from the Sprint race would determine the grid for the Feature race.[4]

The pole position time, set by   the Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen) was four seconds quicker than the fastest lap set the previous year in the Lola/Zytek cars.[14]   Bleekemolen lined up on pole, 0.316s ahead of   Earl Bamber and 0.338s ahead of   Adam Carroll in third. Both   Felipe Guimarães and   Ho-Pin Tung failed to set a time.

Sprint race qualifying
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Netherlands 1'24.213
2   New Zealand 1'24.529 +0.316
3   Ireland 1'24.551 +0.338
4   Malaysia 1'24.720 +0.507
5   Monaco 1'25.118 +0.905
6   Switzerland 1'25.524 +1.311
7   South Africa 1'25.928 +1.715
8   Italy 1'25.982 +1.769
9   USA 1'26.039 +1.826
10   Lebanon 1'26.061 +1.848
11   France 1'26.433 +2.220
12   Australia 1'26.560 +2.347
13   Portugal 1'31.582 +7.369
14   Indonesia 1'31.781 +7.568
15   Korea 1'33.020 +8.807
16   Brazil no time
17   China no time

Sprint RaceEdit

Owing to the treacherous conditions, the 12-lap Sprint Race was started behind the Safety Car. The newly introduced mandatory Sprint race pit-stop was removed for this race, to help the teams to conserve equipment.[4]

On Lap 2, the Safety Car pulled in, and the cars were released. On Lap 3,   Adam Carroll spun at the final corner and was hit by   Clivio Piccione, forcing both of their retirements. On Lap 3,   Satrio Hermanto also retired after a spin. On Lap 5,   Hwang Jin-Woo retired, after colliding with   John Martin heading into the first corner. Martin managed to continue. On Lap 7,   Earl Bamber passed   Jeroen Bleekemolen for the lead, after a failed passing attempt led to Bleekemolen running wide and allowing Bamber to pass. On Lap 9,   Fairuz Fauzy passed   Bamber for the lead, and then began to build up a lead over the New Zealander. On Lap 11,   Ho-Pin Tung spun out of fifth place. On Lap 11,   Felipe Guimarães also spun out.

The race was red-flagged on Lap 12, because of the treacherous conditions.   Fauzy won ahead of   Bamber, and   Loïc Duval.   Duval also set fastest lap.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 12 19'44.533 10
2   New Zealand Earl Bamber 12 +3.474 8
3   France Loïc Duval 12 +6.270 6 +1
4   The Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 12 +13.433 5
5   Switzerland Neel Jani 12 +16.896 4
6   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 12 +20.925 3
7   Italy Fabio Onidi 12 +22.214 2
8   USA Charlie Kimball 12 +24.150 1
9   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 12 +29.427
10   Lebanon Daniel Morad 12 +38.929
11   Australia John Martin 12 +1'27.471
12   China Ho-Pin Tung 11 Spin
13   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 11 Spin
Ret   Korea Hwang Jin-Woo 3 Collision
Ret   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 2 Spin
Ret   Ireland Adam Carroll 2 Collision
Ret   Monaco Clivio Piccione 1 Collision

Race stopped after 12 laps because of the terrible conditions

Feature RaceEdit

  Korea (Hwang Jin-Woo) were sent to the back of the grid for attempting to overtake under a yellow flag, and causing an avoidable collision in the Sprint race.[15]

The second pit-stop window was set to be between Laps 24 and 32. As conditions hadn't improved since earlier, the race was started behind the Safety Car.

The Safety Car pulled in at the end of Lap 2, to get the race underway. On Lap 5,   Neel Jani pulled into the pits and retires, while   Adam Carroll spun out at Turn 6. On Lap 6,   Fabio Onidi spun and collected   Adrian Zaugg, putting both out of the race. After the first set of pit-stops,   France (Loïc Duval) led from   New Zealand (Earl Bamber) and   Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque).

A lot of action took place on Laps 16–17:   Jeroen Bleekemolen pulled into the pits with a steering wheel problem;   Indonesia (Satrio Hermanto) crashed out;   Korea (Hwang Jin-Woo) spun and rejoined; and   Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque) spun and crashed in the final turn. The Safety Car was deployed while the wrecks were cleared. At this point, all remaining cars in the race were guaranteed points-finishes, which means   Monaco (Clivio Piccione) and   Korea (Hwang Jin-Woo) would score on their debut, and   Lebanon (Daniel Morad) would score their first ever points.

On Lap 24,   Daniel Morad did a 360-spin and continues, losing a place to   John Martin. Meanwhile,   Netherlands (Jeroen Bleekemolen) were having gearshifting problems and lost a place to   USA (Charlie Kimball). On Lap 31,   Charlie Kimball retired after running off the track, but not before setting the fastest lap of the race.   France (Loïc Duval) still led after the second round of pit-stops.

On Lap 33, the Safety Car was deployed after   Morad lost control and spun into the back of   Ho-Pin Tung, sending both cars into the tyre wall at Tarzan corner. At this stage, the race had nearly reached the 69-minute time limit. Two laps later the time expired, and   France (Loïc Duval) took the chequered flag behind the safety car, ahead of   Malaysia (Fairuz Fauzy), and   New Zealand (Earl Bamber).

  Brazil (Felipe Guimarães) joined the race late on, after being unable to make the start, as they were unable to repair the damage from their accident in the Sprint race in time.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   France Loïc Duval 36 1:11'58.723 15
2   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 36 +2.288 12
3   New Zealand Earl Bamber 36 +2.709 10
4   Australia John Martin 36 +6.329 8
5   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 36 +8.273 6
6   Monaco Clivio Piccione 34 +2 laps 5
7   Korea Hwang Jin-Woo 33 +3 laps 4
8   Lebanon Daniel Morad 32 Collision 3
9   China Ho-Pin Tung 31 Collision 2
10   USA Charlie Kimball 30 Spin 1 +1
Ret   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 15 Accident
Ret   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 12 Accident
Ret   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 5 Collision
Ret   Italy Fabio Onidi 5 Collision
NC   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 5 + 31 Laps
Ret   Ireland Adam Carroll 4 Spin
Ret   Switzerland Neel Jani 4 Mechanical

Scheduled for 45 laps but stopped earlier because of time limit

After raceEdit

At the first practice session,   Korea (Hwang Jin-Woo) was warned due to their political insistence which the team put on the car: Dokdo is a territory of Korea.[16] However, they kept running the car with same insistence written in not English but Korean (Hangul) during the race weekend.[17] As a result, the team received a penalty of fine after the race.[16]



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