Team Malaysia Taste
First Victory of New Season
 


Fairuz Fauzy came from fourth on the grid to take the team’s first victory in 27 races,
The Netherlands. Archive Picture by KF Chow


5th Oct 2008, ZandvoortA1 Team Malaysia has won the first race of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season at Circuit Park Zandvoort in The Netherlands. In a rain-soaked Sprint race, Fairuz Fauzy came from fourth on the grid to take the team’s first victory in 27 races. After initially taking the lead from The Netherlands, Earl Bamber put in a great drive on his race debut for A1 Team New Zealand to take second place with Loic Duval storming through from 11th on the grid to take the final podium position for A1 Team France. Pole-sitter Jeroen Bleekemolen struggled in the extremely tricky conditions finishing fourth for A1 Team Netherlands as the red flag came out to end the race, with the positions classified after 10 laps.

Meanwhile, A1 Team France has claimed the first Feature race victory of the season in extremely wet conditions at Circuit Park Zandvoort in The Netherlands. From third on the grid Loïc Duval put in a mature drive to take France’s 15th win. Sprint race winner Fairuz Fauzy finished second for Malaysia, losing time in the first pit stop due to a problem with the left-rear wheel. Earl Bamber put in an outstanding performance this weekend on his race debut for A1 Team New Zealand claiming third, his second podium finish of the day.

Sprint Race
1 Fairuz FAUZY (Malaysia) 19:44.533
2 Earl BAMBER (New Zealand) 19:48.007
3 Loic DUVAL (France) 19:50.803
4 Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN (Netherlands) 19:57.966
5 Neel JANI SWITZERLAND 20:01.429
6 Adrian ZAUGG (South Africa)20:05.458
7 Fabio ONIDI (Italy) 20:06.747
8 Charlie KIMBALL (USA) 20:08.683
9 Filipe ALBUQUERQUE (Portugal) 20:13.960
10 Daniel MORAD (Lebanon) 20:23.462

Feature Race
1 Loïc DUVAL (France) 11:58.723
2 Fairuz FAUZY (Malaysia) 12:01.011
3 Earl BAMBER (New Zealand) 12:01.432
4 John MARTIN (Australia) 12:05.052
5 Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN (Netherlands) 12:06.996
6 Clivio PICCIONE (Monaco) 12:03.356 2 Laps
7 Jin Woo HWANG (Korea) 12:28.432 3 Laps
8 Daniel MORAD (Lebanon) 03:15.216 4 Laps
9 Ho Pin TUNG (China) 03:14.803 5 Laps
10 Charlie KIMBALL (USA) 59:04.806 6 Laps
 

 

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