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2008-09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, China

2008–09 A1GP of China
Race Details
Race 2 of 7 in the 2008–09 A1GP season.
Date November 9, 2008
Location Chengdu Goldenport Circuit
Chengdu, People's Republic of China
Weather clear
Sprint race
Qualifying
Pole Adam Carroll)
Time 1'15.423
Podium
1st Adam Carroll)
2nd Robert Doornbos)
3rd Danny Watts)
Fastest Lap
FL Adam Carroll)
Time 1'16.084, (Lap 17)
Feature race
Qualifying
Pole Danny Watts)
Time 1'15.325
Podium
1st Filipe Albuquerque)
2nd Adam Carroll)
3rd Danny Watts)
Fastest Lap
FL Robert Doornbos)
Time 1'15.212, (Lap 33)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

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.

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

Drivers

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]

Qualifying

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 Race

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 Race

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

Notes

References

  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. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  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. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  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

External links

  • Oh Danny boy! (Qualifying analysis)
  • Ireland bounces back in Chengdu
  • Sprint race: as it happened
  • Sprint race results
  • Portugal storms to first victory
  • Feature race: as it happened
  • Feature race results

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