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A1 Team Australia

A1 Team Australia was the Australian team of A1 Grand Prix, an international racing series.

A1 Team Australia
Australia
Founded2005
Seat holder(s)Alan Docking
Team principalAlan Jones
Race driver(s)John Martin
Car nicknameJackeroo
First race2005–06 Great Britain
Rounds entered39 (78 races)
Championships0
Sprint race victories0
Feature race victories0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
Total points132
2008–09 position8th (36 pts)

ManagementEdit

The team chairman is former Formula One world champion Alan Jones, backed by general manager and former NASCAR driver Peter Nolan. The seat is owned by Formula One talent-spotter come principal engineer Alan Docking through his eponymous racing team organisation.

HistoryEdit

Will Power was the team's driver for the opening round at Brands Hatch, scoring a fourth place in the Sprint Race and a second in the Main Race, beaten only by Nelson Piquet, Jr. who dominated the weekend. Power amassed 16 points for these two results; however, he had already signed for Champ Cars' Team Australia and made no further appearance in A1GP. His replacement was seat owner Jones' son Christian Jones, who did not fare so well; round two in Germany provided no points and a best finish of fourteenth place.

The uncompetitive Jones was replaced with Will Davison for round three in Portugal, and despite a qualifying performance of 18th place and a first-lap retirement in the Sprint Race, secured sixth place and five points in the Main Race. Davison was maintained for the home round at Eastern Creek Raceway, and again provided a sixth-place Main Race result. Davison consistently scored better in the Main Race in his drives, securing a one-point tenth place in the UAE round, although retiring from the main race in Durban.

Contract obligations again caused a driver change when Davison switched to V8 Supercars; Australia's fourth driver of the season was Marcus Marshall, who scored the team's first podium since the opening round with a third-place finish in Indonesia. He also moved into V8 Supercars however, and the driver's seat reverted to Christian Jones, who was again uncompetitive.

The seat for the last two rounds was awarded to Ryan Briscoe, who matched Power and Marshall's podium feat in the final round in China, with a main race third-place finish. In total, Australia's best results were a second place and two third places, for a total of 51 points and 13th place in the first-ever A1GP championship.

Although Team Australia managed to secure three podium finishes during the 2006-07 season, they still finished the championship in 13th position with 25 points.

Team Australia finished the 2007–08 season in 17th position, but did manage to score points in both the Sprint and Feature races of their home race.

In the 2008–09 season, Team Australia scored their first ever fastest lap in the final race of the season, however just narrowly missed out on beating New Zealand in the final standings, finishing 8th.

DriversEdit

Name Seasons Rounds
(Starts)
Titles Wins Sprint
wins
Feature
wins
2nd 3rd Poles Fastest
Laps
Points
Ryan Briscoe 2005–06, 2006–07 5 (10 starts) 2 24
Will Davison 2005–06 5 (10 starts) 13
Ian Dyk 2006–07, 2007–08 7 (14 starts) 1 9
Christian Jones 2005–06 2 (4 starts) 0
Marcus Marshall 2005–06 1 (2 starts) 1 8
John Martin 2007–08, 2008–09 13 (26 starts) 1 54
Will Power 2005–06 1 (2 starts) 1 7
Karl Reindler 2006–07 5 (10 starts) 1 8

Complete A1 Grand Prix resultsEdit

(key), "spr" indicates the Sprint Race, "fea" indicates the Feature Race.

Year Racing
team
Chassis,
Engine,
Tyres
Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Points Rank
2005–06 Alan Docking Racing Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
 
GBR
 
GER
 
POR
 
AUS
 
MYS
 
UAE
 
RSA
 
INA
 
MEX
 
USA
 
CHN
51 13th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Will Power 4 2
Christian Jones 15 14 16 Ret
Will Davison Ret 6 11 6 Ret 11 21 10 9 Ret
Marcus Marshall 16 3
Ryan Briscoe 10 8 9 3
2006–07 Alan Docking Racing Lola
Zytek
Cooper Avon
 
NED
 
CZE
 
BEI
 
MYS
 
INA
 
NZL
 
AUS
 
RSA
 
MEX
 
SHA
 
GBR
25 13th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Ryan Briscoe 13 3 12 17 6 10
Karl Reindler 15 16 12 3 14 13 14 14 16 Ret
Ian Dyk 3 8 16 Ret 14 Ret
2007–08 Alan Docking Racing Lola
Zytek
Cooper Avon
 
NED
 
CZE
 
MYS
 
ZHU
 
NZL
 
AUS
 
RSA
 
MEX
 
SHA
 
GBR
20 17th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Ian Dyk 21 12 Ret 13 Ret 9 13 15
John Martin 9 Ret 6 5 6 14 Ret 21 15 14 14 Ret
2008–09 Alan Docking Racing Ferrari,
Michelin
 NLD  CHN  MYS  NZL  RSA  POR  GBR 36 8th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
John Martin 12 4 11 6 8 4 Ret 4 12 13 10 12 7 8

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