Durban A1 GP: Germany wins again.


South Africa’s only race on the GP circuit went of like a bang on Sunday at the Durban A1 GP.

The street circuit was said to be very challenging, so much so that 14 teams did not finish the race. The South African team driven by Adrian Zaugg crashed twice, once on the first lap then on the same turn on the eighth, putting him out the race. Germany stormed to an eight successive win and breaking records all over the place.

Apart from losing to Germany, the race was a great success for South Africa and puts us in the mood and the spotlight for more such events including of course 2010!!
People commented on the accessibility of the A1 series compared to its big brother F1 counterpart, with spectators allowed to view the cars in the pits and even take photo’s with drivers!

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Feature race results

1 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany)
2 Robbie Kerr (Britain) +9.556sec
3 Matt Halliday (New Zealand) +10.519 sec
4 Neel Jani (Switzerland) +12.642 sec
5 Alvaro Parente (Portugal) +15.975 sec
6 Jeroen Junqueira (Brazil) +21.868 sec
8 Alex Yoong (Malaysia) +11min07.662
9 Narain Karthikeyan (India) 4 laps
10 Nur Ali (Pakistan) 4 laps
11 Salvador Duran (Mexico) 7 laps
12 Richard Lyons (Ireland) 10 laps
13 Jonathan Summerton (USA) 16 laps
14 Ho-Pin Tung (China) 22 laps
15 Allam Khodair (Lebanon) 25 laps
16 Tomas Enge (Czech Republic) 34 laps
17 Adrian Zaugg (South Africa) 38 laps
18 Karl Reindler (Australia) 41 laps
19 Ananda Mikola (Indonesia) 45 laps
20 Loic Duval (France) 47 laps
21 James Hinchcliffe (Canada) 49 laps
22 Enrico Toccacelo (Italy) 49 laps
23 Christian Murchison (Singapore) 49 laps

Championship standings

1 Germany 99
2 New Zealand 69
3 France 57
4 Great Britain 46
5 Switzerland 45
6 Netherlands 43
7 Malaysia 38
8 Mexico 34
9 Italy 29
10 Canada 28
11 Czech Republic 26
12 USA 24
13 China 19
14 Australia 18
15 South Africa 13
16 Brazil 9
17 Portugal 6
18 India 6
19 Singapore 3
20 Ireland 2
21 Indonesia 1
22 Pakistan 1