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A1GP Germany and Switzerland on Pole at Zhuhai

China - Defending champion A1 Team Germany qualified in pole position for tomorrow morning's Sprint race at the inaugural Huatai A1GP Zhuhai, China while the Feature race will be led off the grid by current championship leader Switzerland.

Sprint race qualifying
German rookie Michael Ammermuller set the fastest lap during the second 15-minute qualifying segment to snatch pole position for tomorrow morning's Sprint race from Ireland's Adam Carroll, who was quickest around the 4.3km Chinese circuit in Q1.

Switzerland's Neel Jani will line up alongside Germany on the front row, after a superb last lap charge during Q2 demoted Ireland's Adam Carroll and China's CongFu Cheng to third and fourth place respectively. Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis and Czech Republic's Tomas Enge will line up on the third row of the grid in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Feature race qualifying
Switzerland's Neel Jani went one better in the final qualifying segment to secure pole for the Feature race ahead of GBR's Oliver Jarvis who will line up alongside him on the front row.

India's Narain Karthikeyan put in a sensational lap in Q4 to secure third position on the grid, closely followed by France's Loic Duval who will start from fourth. Germany took the fifth spot while home nation China's CongFu Cheng continued to impress the home fans by qualifying in sixth position and achieving China's best combined qualifying performance to date.

Germany's Michael Ammermüller was delighted with his first pole position in only his second A1GP appearance and is looking forward to taking on the challenging Zhuhai circuit tomorrow morning:

'We did a good job to get first place in qualifying and it's a great result for the whole team. We were struggling a bit in free practice but then we got a really good car and we were quite dominant in the first qualifying. The track got a bit worse towards the end and we weren't in the top three but still I think it's a good result. It's better to be first in the first race because it's a short race and quite difficult to overtake and in the second race it's all about strategy and anything is possible.'

Sepang double race winner Neel Jani, who has been struggling with brake problems on the Swiss car, was pleased with his team's qualifying performance:

'We had another great qualifying - second for the Sprint race and first for the Feature race - but it's very tight this time and all very close, every little mistake can put you three spots back. I'm very pleased as yesterday we had a lot of brake problems so the team did a great job to get it solved for today.'

Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis will start both the Sprint and Feature races from second on the grid. The 23-year-old said:

'The free practice and qualifying sessions have been pretty tough. Like Neel said, the track adheres to very close times so a small mistake can make a big difference. It's also very difficult to get a full lap together, there's a lot of heavy braking zones and it's very easy to make a mistake. We've struggled a little bit so far but hopefully we can have very good races and score a lot of points.'

Tomorrow's Sprint race at Zhuhai International Circuit, China will start at 11.00 local time and the 70-minute Feature race will start at 15.00.

Sprint race qualifying results - A1GP Zhuhai, China (round 4 of 10)

POS

A1 TEAM

DRIVER

 TIME S1

 TIME S2

 TIME

GAP FIRST

1

GERMANY

Michael AMMERMÜLLER

01:23.790

01:23.203

01:23.203

 

2

SWITZERLAND

Neel JANI

01:24.127

01:23.425

01:23.425

0.222

3

IRELAND

Adam CARROLL

01:23.675

01:24.265

01:23.675

0.472

4

CHINA

Congfu CHENG

01:23.811

01:23.784

01:23.784

0.581

5

GREAT BRITAIN

Oliver JARVIS

01:24.490

01:23.850

01:23.850

0.647

6

CZECH REPUBLIC

Tomas ENGE

01:24.410

01:23.921

01:23.921

0.718

7

FRANCE

Loic DUVAL

01:24.159

01:23.928

01:23.928

0.725

8

NETHERLANDS

Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN

01:24.235

01:23.965

01:23.965

0.762

9

INDIA

Narain KARTHIKEYAN

01:24.570

01:23.972

01:23.972

0.769

10

CANADA

Robert WICKENS

01:24.029

01:24.286

01:24.029

0.826

11

USA

Jonathan SUMMERTON

01:26.073

01:24.104

01:24.104

0.901

12

BRAZIL

Sergio JIMENEZ

01:24.141

01:24.212

01:24.141

0.938

13

NEW ZEALAND

Jonny REID

01:24.141

01:24.252

01:24.141

0.938

14

SOUTH AFRICA

Adrian ZAUGG

01:24.576

01:24.207

01:24.207

1.004

15

PORTUGAL

Joao URBANO

01:24.685

01:24.263

01:24.263

1.06

16

ITALY

Edoardo PISCOPO

01:24.307

01:24.675

01:24.307

1.104

17

MALAYSIA

Alex YOONG

01:25.083

01:24.391

01:24.391

1.188

18

AUSTRALIA

Ian DYK

01:24.770

01:24.850

01:24.770

1.567

19

INDONESIA

Satrio HERMANTO

01:25.875

01:24.893

01:24.893

1.69

20

LEBANON

Chris ALAJAJIAN

01:25.793

01:24.915

01:24.915

1.712

21

PAKISTAN

Adam KHAN

01:24.958

01:26.041

01:24.958

1.755

22

MEXICO

David GARZA

01:25.246

01:25.829

01:25.246

2.043

Feature race qualifying results - A1GP Zhuhai, China (round 4 of 10)

POS

A1 TEAM

A1 DRIVER

 TIME S1

 TIME S2

 TIME

GAP FIRST

1

SWITZERLAND

Neel JANI

01:24.170

01:23.465

01:23.465

 

2

GREAT BRITAIN

Oliver JARVIS

01:24.100

01:23.650

01:23.650

0.185

3

INDIA

Narain KARTHIKEYAN

01:24.436

01:23.767

01:23.767

0.302

4

FRANCE

Loic DUVAL

01:24.355

01:23.784

01:23.784

0.319

5

GERMANY

Michael AMMERMÜLLER

01:24.093

01:23.890

01:23.890

0.425

6

CHINA

Congfu CHENG

01:24.331

01:23.930

01:23.930

0.465

7

USA

Jonathan SUMMERTON

01:24.459

01:23.992

01:23.992

0.527

8

MALAYSIA

Alex YOONG

01:25.116

01:24.036

01:24.036

0.571

9

SOUTH AFRICA

Adrian ZAUGG

01:24.435

01:24.100

01:24.100

0.635

10

NEW ZEALAND

Jonny REID

01:24.613

01:24.114

01:24.114

0.649

11

CANADA

Robert WICKENS

01:24.933

01:24.149

01:24.149

0.684

12

PORTUGAL

Joao URBANO

01:25.126

01:24.250

01:24.250

0.785

13

IRELAND

Adam CARROLL

01:24.519

01:24.294

01:24.294

0.829

14

BRAZIL

Sergio JIMENEZ

01:24.599

01:24.328

01:24.328

0.863

15

LEBANON

Chris ALAJAJIAN

01:25.343

01:24.328

01:24.328

0.863

16

CZECH REPUBLIC

Tomas ENGE

01:24.554

01:24.350

01:24.350

0.885

17

PAKISTAN

Adam KHAN

01:24.378

01:25.250

01:24.378

0.913

18

NETHERLANDS

Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN

01:24.897

01:24.460

01:24.460

0.995

19

AUSTRALIA

Ian DYK

01:24.802

01:24.538

01:24.538

1.073

20

INDONESIA

Satrio HERMANTO

01:24.667

01:25.052

01:24.667

1.202

21

ITALY

Edoardo PISCOPO

01:25.221

01:24.810

01:24.810

1.345

22

MEXICO

David GARZA

01:25.265

01:24.886

01:24.886

1.421

A1GP Ireland Sets Pace in Friday Practice at Zhuhai

China - A1 Team Ireland took charge in the second of today's two free practice sessions at Zhuhai International Circuit as all 22 drivers experienced the Chinese circuit for the first time in an A1GP car, kicking off round four of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season.

Twenty-five-year-old Irish rookie Adam Carroll, who finished fifth fastest in the morning session when the top 12 nations were separated by less than one second, clocked a best lap of 1m23.279s around the 4.3km circuit this afternoon in warm and sunny weather conditions.

Carroll, who is feeling a lot more comfortable in the emerald green car after extensive work on his seat, was encouraged by his team's start to the weekend and is aiming for a strong qualifying performance tomorrow afternoon:

'Obviously it was only practice but it was a good way to start the weekend. We got a pretty good lap on new rubber but I'm sure everyone's going to catch up tomorrow. I'm hoping we can carry the pace all the way through the weekend and get up the front and stay there. I've had some major issues with my seat and we've had to make seven so far. I find it quite hard to get comfortable in the car but now I can really concentrate on driving the car rather than being in pain so it should make a lot of difference.'

Canada's Robert Wickens, who secured the team's first podium finish of the season last time out in Malaysia, finished the day second fastest, half a second off the Irish car.

Having topped the time sheets in this morning's rookie session, defending champion Germany's Michael Ammermuller set the third fastest time of the day, closely followed by the Netherlands's Jeroen Bleekemolen in fourth position overall.

When asked what the secret is to achieve a quick lap around the Zhuhai circuit, Ammermuller said:

'It's quite difficult to make a lot of time up at the high speed corners, you just need to focus on late braking and getting on the power as early as possible on the exit to make sure you get a perfect lap. There are no big secrets at any of the corners. The track was getting quite dusty and dirty in the afternoon as some of the drivers spun off so the conditions were getting worse and that's why nobody was able to improve on the earlier times.'

Home nation A1 Team China's CongFu Cheng, who last drove at Zhuhai in 2002 in a Chinese Formula Renault race, is not eligible to take part in the rookie session and finished the day a strong fifth fastest.

The 23-year-old from Beijing said:

'We were obviously at a bit of a disadvantage not being able to do any running in the rookie session this morning, but we worked through the programme this afternoon and it worked out ok. There is quite a lot of pressure as it's my home event and I haven't raced here for seven years so I'm pleased to be on the pace today, but I'm sure everybody will catch up by tomorrow.'

A1 Team France driver Loic Duval finished the day in sixth place, despite not taking part in the rookie session this morning and limited track time this afternoon due to spinning off half way through the hour.

Official Practice Session 1 - Rookie drivers and developing nations only

POS

A1 TEAM

DRIVER

TIME S1

LAP S1

TIME S2

LAP S2

TIME

GAP FIRST

1

GERMANY

Michael AMMERMÜLLER

01:24.132

14

01:24.135

9

01:24.132

 

2

CANADA

Robert WICKENS

01:25.045

6

01:24.205

3

01:24.205

+0.073

3

BRAZIL

Sergio JIMENEZ

01:24.216

7

01:24.436

6

01:24.216

+0.084

4

GREAT BRITAIN

Danny WATTS

01:24.217

12

01:24.450

5

01:24.217

+0.085

5

SWITZERLAND

Alexandre IMPERATORI

01:24.400

14

01:24.641

13

01:24.400

+0.268

6

AUSTRALIA

John MARTIN

01:24.471

13

01:24.782

4

01:24.471

+0.339

7

IRELAND

Adam CARROLL

01:24.485

8

01:24.548

4

01:24.485

+0.353

8

CZECH REPUBLIC

Erik JANIS

01:24.521

14

01:24.703

12

01:24.521

+0.389

9

USA

Charlie KIMBALL

01:24.716

15

01:24.878

15

01:24.716

+0.584

10

INDONESIA

Satrio HERMANTO

01:25.375

15

01:24.839

13

01:24.839

+0.707

11

ITALY

Edoardo PISCOPO

01:24.907

13

01:25.016

7

01:24.907

+0.775

12

NEW ZEALAND

Earl BAMBER

01:25.494

13

01:25.068

13

01:25.068

+0.936

13

MEXICO

David GARZA

01:25.608

13

01:25.372

14

01:25.372

+1.240

14

SOUTH AFRICA

Wesleigh ORR

01:25.550

5

01:25.495

15

01:25.495

+1.363

15

NETHERLANDS

Arie LUYENDYK

01:25.960

11

01:25.727

7

01:25.727

+1.595

16

INDIA

Parthiva SURESHWAREN

01:26.692

11

01:26.149

13

01:26.149

+2.017

17

PORTUGAL

Gonçalo ARAUJO

01:27.299

12

01:27.218

10

01:27.218

+3.086

18

LEBANON

Khalil BESCHIR

 

0

 

0

 

 

19

MALAYSIA

Aaron LIM

 

0

 

0

 

 

Official Practice session 2 (14.00 - 15.00)

POS

DRIVER

A1 TEAM

TIME

GAP FIRST

 LAPS

1

Adam CARROLL

IRELAND

01:23.279

-

26

2

Robert WICKENS

CANADA

01:23.771

+0.492

10

3

Michael AMMERMÜLLER

GERMANY

01:23.848

+0.569

16

4

Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN

NETHERLANDS

01:23.891

+0.612

20

5

Congfu CHENG

CHINA

01:23.940

+0.661

25

6

Loic DUVAL

FRANCE

01:23.949

+0.670

13

7

Narain KARTHIKEYAN

INDIA

01:24.111

+0.832

20

8

Satrio HERMANTO

INDONESIA

01:24.119

+0.840

31

9

Sergio JIMENEZ

BRAZIL

01:24.248

+0.969

17

10

Jonny REID

NEW ZEALAND

01:24.265

+0.986

27

11

Neel JANI

SWITZERLAND

01:24.309

+1.030

16

12

Tomas ENGE

CZECH REPUBLIC

01:24.484

+1.205

25

13

Oliver JARVIS

GREAT BRITAIN

01:24.563

+1.284

19

14

Edoardo PISCOPO

ITALY

01:24.593

+1.314

22

15

Alex YOONG

MALAYSIA

01:24.754

+1.475

19

16

David GARZA

MEXICO

01:24.973

+1.694

23

17

Jonathan SUMMERTON

USA

01:24.976

+1.697

24

18

Ian DYK

AUSTRALIA

01:24.991

+1.712

23

19

Adrian ZAUGG

SOUTH AFRICA

01:25.030

+1.751

24

20

Joao URBANO

PORTUGAL

01:25.360

+2.081

24

21

Khalil BESCHIR

LEBANON

01:25.458

+2.179

25

22

Adam KHAN

PAKISTAN

01:25.947

+2.668

25

2009 STARTS HERE

  2009?  2009?????   I can here you ranting about me being insane from here. But yes, testing for 2009 kicked off at Jerez yesterday when F1 cars ran on slick tyres for the first time since the European Grand Prix at the same circuit in 1997.

 

  Bridgestone have supplied all teams with three sets of slicks to evaluate in preparation for the replacement of the grooved tyres and return to slicks in 2009.

Only three drivers used the prototype slicks on day one of testing and even this early in the development cycle they have proved to be worth at least a second a lap around Jerez.

 

  Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber ended up with the fastest time of the day with a 1’19.042 followed by Button in the Honda in 1’19.155. Both were on the slick tyres. The fastest runner on the current grooved tyres was McLaren’s Pedro de la Rosa who set a best time of 1’19.712. Heidfeld’s performance would suggest an improvement of about a second per lap. BMW Sauber were usually about 0.7 of a second behind the McLarens and Ferraris during last season and he finished the day 0.7 seconds up on de la Rosa’s McLaren. Admittedly de la Rosa in not a Hamilton or Alonso but even so, Pedro still finished up three tenths quicker than newly crowned world champ Raikkonen in the Ferrari, so he wasn’t tooling around. The greater leap forward, giving rise to suggestions that the improvement in lap times may be far greater than Heidfeld’s time suggested, was that by Button in the Honda. Hondas were usually about two full seconds off the front running pace last year so when Button ends up half a second faster than the McLarens & Ferraris eyebrows waste no time in shooting skywards.

 

  Button’s time suggests that the difference may be as large as two to two and a half seconds per lap. Early logic would put the improvement somewhere in the middle of these but it will be interesting to see, over the next two days, what the improvement is when the heavy hitters, Hamilton, Raikkonen and Schumacher give the top cars a run.

 

  In other news of note, Nico Hulkenberg had his first run in a F1 car and immediately outpaced his Williams team-mate, newly signed race driver, Kazuki Nakajima. Both had a relatively restricted programme with Nico completing just 28 laps and Nakajima 33. Hulkenberg ended up 3/100ths faster on the day.

 

  Other debuts included Timo Glock, who had his first run in the Toyota setting 13th best time, and BMW Sauber rookies Marco Asmer who easily outpaced Javier Villa.

Giancarlo Fisichella also outpaced Franck Montagny in what is becoming a high powered shoot out for the second Force-India seat. Ralf Schumacher and Vitantonio Liuzzi will be joining that fray later in the test.

 

  In Red Bull land, Sebastien Bourdais was comfortably half a second faster than his Toro-Rosso team-mate Vettel and even pipped Red Bull man Mark Webber by 7/100ths. The Red Bull/Toro Rosso cars finished 6th, 8th and 11th, firmly towards the top of the mid-field which is where they ended the season. Bourdais was just 3/10ths behind Piquet, 5th quickest in the Renault who was a similar margin behind Raikkonen’s Ferrari.

 

Sam Snape

5/12/2007

 

          

A1GP Canada Awarded Sprint Race Podium, France Promoted to Second in Feature Race

Malaysia - Confirmed Sprint and Feature race results

Sprint race
As a result of Germany being demoted to 16th place due to causing an avoidable collision during this morning's Sprint race, Canadian rookie Robert Wickens has scored the team's first podium finish since Brno last season and notched up a valuable 10 points for his country, moving Canada into 12th place in the championship.

Home nation Malaysia scored its first two points by default this morning after Germany's demotion and A1 Team Netherlands' 25-second penalty for a false start in the Sprint race. The penalty dropped them from eighth to 18th in the final Sprint race classification, stripping the team of the three points it had scored. The penalty also meant that Ireland and Italy received an additional two points each.

Feature race
A1 Teams Brazil and Great Britain have both been hit with a two second penalty for gaining an unfair advantage in the pit lane during the first mandatory stop in this afternoon's Feature race, promoting France to second place, USA to tenth and Mexico to 11th.

Germany was penalised with the equivalent time of a drive through penalty for causing an avoidable collision with Great Britain on lap 19 and following a further avoidable collision with the Czech Republic on lap 28, Germany was excluded from the final Feature race results.

Switzerland now leads the championship on 61 points, eight ahead of second-placed France on 53, followed by New Zealand in third on 46.

Sprint race results

Pos

Driver

A1 Team

Laps

Time

Gap First

1

Neel JANI

SWITZERLAND

10

18:20.910

-

2

Loic DUVAL

FRANCE

10

18:24.702

+3.792

3

Robert WICKENS

CANADA

10

18:34.037

+13.127

4

Sergio JIMENEZ

BRAZIL

10

18:34.647

+13.737

5

Jonny REID

NEW ZEALAND

10

18:35.386

+14.476

6

Oliver JARVIS

GREAT BRITAIN

10

18:35.847

+14.937

7

Adam CARROLL

IRELAND

10

18:40.589

+19.679

8

Enrico TOCCACELO

ITALY

10

18:44.131

+23.221

9

Alex YOONG

MALAYSIA

10

18:44.497

+23.587

10

Adrian ZAUGG

SOUTH AFRICA

10

18:46.015

+25.105

11

Narain KARTHIKEYAN

INDIA

10

18:46.114

+25.204

12

Jonathan SUMMERTON

USA

10

18:47.437

+26.527

13

Joao URBANO

PORTUGAL

10

18:48.682

+27.772

14

Chris ALAJAJIAN

LEBANON

10

18:55.031

+34.121

15

Erik JANIS

CZECH REPUBLIC

10

18:57.238

+36.328

16

Michael AMMERMÜLLER

GERMANY

10

18:57.845

+36.935

17

Adam KHAN

PAKISTAN

10

18:58.456

+37.546

18

Satrio HERMANTO

INDONESIA

10

19:05.30

+44.820

19

Michel JOURDAIN

MEXICO

10

19:08.326

+47.416

20

Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN

NETHERLANDS

10

19:18.237

+57.327

21

Congfu CHENG

CHINA

1

02:08.009

9 Laps

22

Ian DYK

AUSTRALIA

0

 

10 Laps

Feature race results

Pos

Driver

A1 Team

Laps

Time

Gap First

1

Neel JANI

SWITZERLAND

35

1:08:13.459

-

2

Loic DUVAL

FRANCE

35

1:08:22.387

8.928

3

Sergio JIMENEZ

BRAZIL

35

1:08:23.873

8.414

4

Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN

NETHERLANDS

35

1:08:24.681

11.222

5

Congfu CHENG

CHINA

35

1:08:30.813

17.354

6

Narain KARTHIKEYAN

INDIA

35

1:08:31.053

17.594

7

Adam CARROLL

IRELAND

35

1:08:32.831

19.372

8

Jonny REID

NEW ZEALAND

35

1:08:33.856

20.397

9

Ian DYK

AUSTRALIA

35

1:08:57.753

44.294

10

Jonathan SUMMERTON

USA

35

1:08:58.008

44.549

11

Michel JOURDAIN

MEXICO

35

1:08:58.174

44.715

12

Oliver JARVIS

GREAT BRITAIN

35

1:08:59.818

44.359

13

Alex YOONG

MALAYSIA

35

1:09:02.254

48.795

14

Adam KHAN

PAKISTAN

35

1:09:10.336

56.877

15

Erik JANIS

CZECH REPUBLIC

35

1:09:11.778

58.319

16

Satrio HERMANTO

INDONESIA

35

1:09:34.365

+1:20.906

17

Chris ALAJAJIAN

LEBANON

26

0:53:00.577

9 Laps

18

Enrico TOCCACELO

ITALY

17

0:34:54.917

18 Laps

19

Adrian ZAUGG

SOUTH AFRICA

7

0:13:18.875

28 Laps

20

Robert WICKENS

CANADA

7

0:13:29.020

28 Laps

21

Joao URBANO

PORTUGAL

0

 

35 Laps

22

Michael AMMERMÜLLER

GERMANY

Disqualified

2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport points standings

Pos

A1 Team

Points

1

SWITZERLAND

61

2

FRANCE

53

3

NEW ZEALAND

46

4

NETHERLANDS

39

5

SOUTH AFRICA

37

6

GREAT BRITAIN

36

7

IRELAND

31

8

BRAZIL

22

9

MEXICO

17

10

CHINA

16

11

GERMANY

14

12

CANADA

10

13

INDIA

8

14

ITALY

4

15

PORTUGAL

2

16

AUSTRALIA

2

17

MALAYSIA

2

18

USA

1

19

CZECH REPUBLIC

1

Fastest lap: A1 Team Switzerland set the fastest lap in both the Sprint and Feature races gaining two bonus points for its efforts. On lap 10 of the Sprint race, Neel Jani clocked a time of 1.49.221 going on to set a time of 1.49.260 on lap 25 of the Feature race.

Next race: A1GP Zhuhai, China, 14-16 December 2007

A1GP Switzerland Storms To Sepang Double Victory

Malaysia - Pole sitter and Sprint race winner A1 Team Switzerland took its second win of the day in this afternoon's incident-packed Feature race at Sepang in scorching weather conditions, moving the team into the championship lead by 10 points. Jani was joined on the podium by Brazilian rookie Sergio Jimenez, who started the race sixth and led for 15 laps, in second position and French driver Loic Duval in third.

Jani made a perfect getaway in the Swiss car as Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis held second off the grid and further down the pack five cars tangled going into turn one. Jani pulled out a 2.5 second advantage by the end of lap one as third and fourth-placed France and Brazil concentrated on making their way past GBR, demoting Jarvis to fourth.

After a second lap tussle for 10th position, New Zealand's Jonny Reid and local hero Malaysia's Alex Yoong were forced to pit for repairs, rejoining the action at the back of the field. Lap five saw German rookie Michael Ammermüller snatch fifth from Ireland's Adam Carroll, who had made another superb start to make up two places from seventh on the grid.

Two laps later eighth-placed South Africa's Adrian Zaugg made a mistake going into turn seven and spun off into the gravel before returning 'Vulindlela' to the track, forcing Canada's Robert Wickens to run wide to avoid him.

The incident brought out the safety car and as the first pit stop window opened on lap eight, 20 of the 22 nations decided to pit under yellow. The crowds watched in amazement as the pack was then held at the end of pit lane for an unusual standing start as they waited to rejoin behind the safety car.

Brazil's Jimenez took the lead and pulled away as Switzerland, GBR and France went side-by-side in a battle for second place, Jani taking position followed by Duval and Jarvis in third and fourth place.

By lap 16 the order had settled behind the top four to Germany, Netherlands, India and China, followed by Mexico and Ireland in ninth and tenth. Race leader Jimenez did an incredible job to hold off the Swiss driver who was all over the back of the Brazilian car while Germany's Ammermüller received a drive through penalty for hitting GBR when he tried an ambitious move on Jarvis at turn two on lap 19.

The second pit stop window opened on lap 22 and Brazil decided to stay out while Switzerland pitted from second on lap 23. Jimenez pitted one lap later and rejoined the action behind Jani, as the Swiss driver regained the lead and started to pull away once again. GBR continued to endure a difficult race as the team struggled with a sticking wheel nut in their second stop on lap 24 and then received a drive through penalty three laps later for speeding in the pit lane.

With seven laps remaining, Ammermüller launched the German car ambitiously into turn two for the third time this weekend, taking out the Czech Republic's Erik Janis on his way.

Meanwhile at the front of the pack, Jani continued to pull away from Jimenez and went on to cross the line in first position, giving the Swiss team a perfect end to the weekend with its first double victory and Feature race win. Jimenez, who has been improving all weekend, brought the Brazilian car home in second place, scoring the nation's first podium finish since round four of season one. Third place went to Duval in the French car, promoting the team to second in the championship while the Netherlands' Jeroen Bleekemolen crossed the line a well-earned fourth.

A1 Team China's CongFu Cheng put in a strong performance to finish fifth, having started from eighth on the grid while India's Narain Karthikeyan crossed the line sixth. Ireland's Adam Carroll finished seventh while the final three point-scoring positions were taken by New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain, as Jarvis snatched tenth from USA in the closing seconds of the race.

Jani was clearly delighted to take Switzerland's first Feature race win and can't wait to get back on track at the next round in China:

'I mean how many times have I lead a Feature race when something happened in the last lap, the pit stop messed up everything, it was just a horrible dream so far of a Feature race for us. And now finally we got that win and the first time in the championship lead for the A1GP for Switzerland, so it's really great and I'm really looking forward to Zhuhai.'

Jimenez, who crossed the line second and gave Brazil its first podium since season one, said:

'I'm really happy but it was a very tough race for me. I had a very good start - we jumped to third and I could keep Switzerland and France in my sights. After the first pit stop we had red lights but it was lucky for me because I could stop side by side with Neel and go to the front, and after that I was with new tyres so I was able to put some distance between us and we were on a different strategy. It was good, but it could be better though!'

Duval, who has impressed all weekend, brought the French car home in third place, moving his nation into second in the championship:

'It was a very difficult race for me, quite tough. I had a good fight with Oliver, good overtaking before the fast corners and then I overtook Jimenez before the main straight. So I was quite OK during the first stint. I had the same problem as Neel during the first pit stop on the safety car when we arrived at the end of the pit at the red light. So like him, I don't know if it's allowed to overtake under the safety car in the pit. So I was fourth again and I had to overtake Oliver again, and then I couldn't follow the guys because I had massive understeer during the second stint. We put the new tyres on for the last stint which was good, the car was much better like this so I could catch the Brazil car but not enough to finish second. It's quite a good weekend.'

Switzerland now leads the title challenge on 61 points, ahead of France on 51, as the series heads to Zhuhai, China for the first time on 14-16 December 2007.

Home nation Malaysia scored its first point by default this morning after A1 Team Netherlands was given a 42-second penalty for jump starting the Sprint race. The penalty dropped them from eighth to 20th in the Sprint race classification, stripping the team of the three points it scored. The penalty also meant that Ireland and Italy received an extra point.

All results remain provisional while the stewards of the circuit continue to carry out investigations. Keep checking www.A1GP.com for further updates and the final results.

Feature race results

Pos

Driver

A1 Team

 Laps

Time

Gap First

1

Neel JANI

SWITZERLAND

35

1:08:13.459

-

2

Sergio JIMENEZ

BRAZIL

35

1:08:21.873

8.414

3

Loic DUVAL

FRANCE

35

1:08:22.387

8.928

4

Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN

NETHERLANDS

35

1:08:24.681

11.222

5

Congfu CHENG

CHINA

35

1:08:30.813

17.354

6

Narain KARTHIKEYAN

INDIA

35

1:08:31.053

17.594

7

Adam CARROLL

IRELAND

35

1:08:32.831

19.372

8

Jonny REID

NEW ZEALAND

35

1:08:33.856

20.397

9

Ian DYK

AUSTRALIA

35

1:08:57.753

44.294

10

Oliver JARVIS

GREAT BRITAIN

35

1:08:57.818

44.359

11

Jonathan SUMMERTON

USA

35

1:08:58.008

44.549

12

Michel JOURDAIN

MEXICO

35

1:08:58.174

44.715

13

Michael AMMERMÜLLER

GERMANY

35

1:08:59.868

46.409

14

Alex YOONG

MALAYSIA

35

1:09:02.254

48.795

15

Adam KHAN

PAKISTAN

35

1:09:10.336

56.877

16

Erik JANIS

CZECH REPUBLIC

35

1:09:11.778

58.319

17

Satrio HERMANTO

INDONESIA

35

1:09:34.365

+1:20.906

18

Chris ALAJAJIAN

LEBANON

26

0:53:00.577

9 Laps

19

Enrico TOCCACELO

ITALY

17

0:34:54.917

18 Laps

20

Adrian ZAUGG

SOUTH AFRICA

7

0:13:18.875

28 Laps

21

Robert WICKENS

CANADA

7

0:13:29.020

28 Laps

22

Joao URBANO

PORTUGAL

0

 

35 Laps

Fastest lap: A1 Team Switzerland set the fastest lap in the Feature race, lapping Sepang circuit in 1m49.260s with a speed of 182.6 kph on lap 25 of the 35 lap race.

Next race: A1GP Zhuhai, China, 14-16 December 2007