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2007-08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Australia

The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Australia is an A1 Grand Prix race, to be held on 3 February 2008 at the Eastern Creek Raceway, New South Wales, Australia. This will be the sixth meeting in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season.


Fairuz Fauzy who drive in the inaugural 2005-06 season replace this weekend Alex Yoong in the A1 Team Malaysia car.[1] Alex Yoong realise the longest run of consecutive starts with 45 successive starts.

For his home race, A1 Team Australia rename is car Jackaroo.[2] The name was chosen between the Australian symbole propositions done by fan in the official team site.

Since Taupo round, A1GP cars use a 30 per cent biofuel mix. A1 Grand Prix continue its environmental campaign in Australia using electric generators for all the paddock’s temporary and ancillary structures provided by Active Power Management and initiate by THINK Greener Racing.[3]


Once again, the practice sessions were dominated by France in Friday wet and Saturday humid weather conditions.[4][5]

On Friday night, Portugal practice their pit stops and a tyre gun hose that became disconnected hit accidentally the leg of James Goodfield, the race engeener of the next door garage, Great Britain.[6] James Goodfield sustain a broken leg and was carry up to the hospital.

Chris Alajajian, driver of the Lebanon, made a mistake on his first out lap for Sprint race qualifying spinning and hitting the tyre barriers at Turn 5.[7] The car was too much damaged to complete a flying lap during qualifying sessions. Lebanon after hard work to repair the car during the night, start the both Sunday races from the last grid position.

Canada was penalised because its driver, Robert Wickens, did not respect blue flags during the feature race qualifying hamping Sérgio Jimenez (Brazil).[8] Robert Wickens lost his 8th qualifying position to 21st.

Sprint race qualifications
Pos Team Time Gap
1 France France 1'18.149 -
2 Switzerland Switzerland 1'18.218 +0.069
3 South Africa South Africa 1'18.243 +0.094
4 New Zealand New Zealand 1'18.368 +0.219
5 China China 1'18.370 +0.221
6 United States USA 1'18.464 +0.315
7 Germany Germany 1'18.632 +0.483
8 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'18.649 +0.500
9 Australia Australia 1'18.690 +0.541
10 Netherlands Netherlands 1'18.804 +0.655
11 Brazil Brazil 1'18.811 +0.662
12 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'18.929 +0.780
13 India India 1'19.004 +0.855
14 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1'19.099 +0.950
15 Canada Canada 1'19.197 +1.048
16 Malaysia Malaysia 1'19.384 +1.235
17 Portugal Portugal 1'19.492 +1.343
18 Pakistan Pakistan 1'19.623 +1.474
19 Mexico Mexico 1'19.785 +1.636
20 Italy Italy 1'19.975 +1.826
21 Indonesia Indonesia 1'20.154 +2.005
22 Lebanon Lebanon (1) no time -
Main race qualifications
Pos Team Time Gap
1 New Zealand New Zealand 1'18.578 -
2 Switzerland Switzerland 1'18.590 +0.012
3 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'18.720 +0.142
4 China China 1'18.825 +0.247
5 France France 1'18.829 +0.251
6 South Africa South Africa 1'18.922 +0.344
7 United States USA 1'18.976 +0.398
8 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1'19.232 +0.654
9 Brazil Brazil 1'19.235 +0.657
10 Malaysia Malaysia 1'19.252 +0.674
11 Netherlands Netherlands 1'19.487 +0.909
12 Germany Germany 1'19.516 +0.938
13 Mexico Mexico 1'19.529 +0.951
14 Australia Australia 1'19.611 +1.033
15 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'19.706 +1.128
16 Portugal Portugal 1'19.733 +1.155
17 Pakistan Pakistan 1'19.852 +1.274
18 India India 1'19.878 +1.300
19 Italy Italy 1'20.051 +1.473
20 Indonesia Indonesia 1'20.133 +1.555
21 Canada Canada (2) 1'19.199 +0.621
22 Lebanon Lebanon (1) no time -

  • (1) = No time for A1 Team Lebanon due to crash during Sprint qualifying.
  • (2) = A1 Team Canada was penalised for blue flag disrecpet, losing its 8th position.

Sprint race

This race is known as 'the race of two halves' due to the track being dry in the first half with 27°C, then become extremely difficult and wet.[9] In first lap, the order is France, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, Great Britain with a great start from the 8th, China, Germany and USA. Pakistan crash out in the first lap. Loïc Duval (France) made the fastest lap in Lap 2 and is pulling away.
In lap 7, the rain start and Adrian Zaugg (South Africa) is slipping down at Turn 1. Narain Karthikeyan (India) is going off too. reat Britain and Indonesia enter into the pits for wet tyres in lap 9. Cong Fu Cheng (China) spins off in Lap 10, Adam Carroll (Ireland) the next lap.
Robert Wickens (Canada) made an amazing race. He passes Ireland and Netherlands in Lap 11 takink 7th. At Turn 1, next lap, it grabs the 4th position pssing four cars including Germany. One lap before the end of the Sprint race, France is leading followed by New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, USA, Australia and South Africa.
Neel Jani (Switzerland) spin in the final lap. Loïc Duval (France) in his final round of racing for this A1GP season due to commitments in Japan, converted his pole position with a very comfortable win and breaking the 37-race win-drought, when France was a dominant team in A1GP's debut season. The final standing is France, New Zealand, Canada taking advantage of the rain and took a chance on not switching for wet tyre to climb from 15th, Germany, USA, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Netherlands and Switzerland in 10th.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 France France Loïc Duval 14 20'18.536 15+1
2 New Zealand New Zealand Jonny Reid 14 +9.198 12
3 Canada Canada Robert Wickens 14 +11.016 10
4 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 14 +11.929 8
5 United States USA Jonathan Summerton 14 +12.604 6
6 Australia Australia John Martin 14 +14.210 5
7 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 14 +14.523 4
8 Brazil Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 14 +30.260 3
9 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 14 +33.471 2
10 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 14 +33.806 1
11 India India Narain Karthikeyan 14 +44.742
12 Portugal Portugal João Urbano 14 +46.131
13 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 14 +46.196
14 China China Cong Fu Cheng 14 +49.423
15 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 14 +50.300
16 United Kingdom Great Britain Robbie Kerr 14 +56.715
17 Mexico Mexico David Garza Perez 14 +1'02.846
18 Czech Republic Czech Republic Tomas Enge 14 +1'03.033
19 Lebanon Lebanon Chris Alajajian 14 +1'05.029
20 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 14 +1'20.880
21 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 14 +1'22.642
Ret Pakistan Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 1 +13 laps

Main race

It's 25°C and soaking wet for the Main race.[10] Jonny Reid (New Zealand), having qualified pole, halt on track after quitting the stand and must start the race from the pitlane. Loïc Duval (France), qualified fifth, is stuck on the grid at the start of the formation lap and must start the race second to last.
After the first lap, Ireland and India enter in pit to change their slicks tyres to wets. The order is Switzerland, Great Britain, South Africa, Brazil, USA, China, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Canada. In the third lap, New Zealand is 19th and France 14th. Robert Wickens (Canada) grab the 9th to Tomas Enge (Czech Republic) in Lap 3. In lap 7, New Zealand is already 14th and France in points at 10th. During Lap 9, Pakistan run off without damage. In the next lap, João Urbano (Portugal) spin off trying passes Chris Alajajian (Lebanon) who run off too. Pakistan, Czech Republic and China receive a drive-through penalty for making a false start. The pit window is now open in Lap 10.
Switzerland and Great Britain pit at same time and leave the stand in the same order. In Lap 13, South Africa leads France by 21 seconds but neither have made their pit stop. Adrian Zaugg (South Africa) take the lead after a quick pit stop in Lap 15. In the same lap, Robbie Kerr (Great Britain) run wide and lost a few seconds meanwhile Jonathan Summerton (USA) has gone off and Robert Wickens (Canada) passes. Finally, France makes is mandatory pit stop and South Africa set the current fastest lap in Lap 16.
After the pit window close, Canada and USA fight for 6th in Lap 17. Loïc Duval (France) join the battle and try to passes Jonathan Summerton (USA). In Lap 22, France hit USA, who give up, and receive a drive-through penalty for avoidable collision. Two laps before the opening of the pit for the second mandatories stops in Lap 26, John Martin (Australia) passes Robert Wickens (Canada).
Cong Fu Cheng (China) loses is 11th to 13th after spin in Lap 28, Satrio Hermanto spin also at turn 1, 2 laps after that. Switzerland takes the fasted lap. During his pit stop on lap 31, the French car have a clutch failure and Loïc Duval must renounce. Canada passes Germany for 6th and South Africa takes again the fasted lap on Lap 33. Later, Cong Fu Cheng (China) passes Narain Karthikeyan (India) fot 10th.
The 42nd lap is the last and South Africa win 19.560 seconds behind Switzerland, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and China. New Zealand and France are now tied leading the championship with 96 points.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 42 1:12'00.930 15+1
2 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 42 +19.560 12
3 United Kingdom Great Britain Robbie Kerr 42 +25.194 10
4 Brazil Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 42 +42.770 8
5 Australia Australia John Martin 42 +1'08.647 6
6 Canada Canada Robert Wickens 42 +1'10.321 5
7 Germany Germany Christian Vietoris 42 +1'16.299 4
8 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 42 +1'17.155 3
9 New Zealand New Zealand Jonny Reid 42 +1'22.447 2
10 China China Cong Fu Cheng 42 +1'33.913 1
11 India India Narain Karthikeyan 42 +1'35.414
12 Pakistan Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 42 +1'39.496
13 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 41 +1 lap
14 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 41 +1 lap
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic Tomas Enge 41 +1 lap
16 Portugal Portugal João Urbano 41 +1 lap
17 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 41 +1 lap
18 Mexico Mexico David Garza Perez 41 +1 lap
19 Lebanon Lebanon Chris Alajajian 40 +2 laps
20 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 39 +3 laps
Ret France France Loïc Duval 31 +11 laps
Ret United States USA Jonathan Summerton 20 +22 laps

After race

Due to commitment to race in Japan (Formula Nippon and Super GT) agreed before the start of the A1GP season, Loïc Duval announced he will not drive for France for the final three rounds of the 2007-08.[11] His participation for the next South African round on 24 February was only confirmed 22 February.[12]


  • It was the 28th race weekend (56 starts).
  • It was the third venue in Eastern Creek Raceway and in Australia.
  • It was the first race weekend for Jonathan Cochet[13] and Michael Klein.[13]
  • Records :
    • France even up the 6 pole position of Switzerland.
    • France score 10 fastest laps (6 rewarded by points).
    • Lebanon participate on 28 rounds (56 starts) without won points since their first Grand Prix.
    • Neel Jani score 232 points.


External links

  • France wins Australia Sprint
  • Sprint race: lap-by-lap
  • Sprint Race Results
  • South Africa storms Sydney
  • Feature race lap-by-lap
  • Feature Race Results

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Coordinates: 33°48′21.2″S 150°52′17″E / 33.805889°S 150.87139°E / -33.805889; 150.87139

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