Sunday, April 12, 2009

ChampCar Alumni Score Wins In The Vodafone A1GP Algarve, Portugal

Neel Jani notches tenth win in the A1GP international open wheel racing series. Image Credit: GP Update

ChampCar Alumni Score Wins In The Vodafone A1GP Algarve, Portugal

Robert Doornbos, ChampCar Rookie of the Year 2007, and Neel Jani, who drove for the PKV Racing team in that same year, won a Sprint Race and a Feature Race in the A1GP international open wheel racing series for their respective countries.

Robert Doornbos qualifies in P1 for the Feature Race, out-pacing everyone by a good margin, but gives up the event without taking one lap due to an electrical fire and system failure on the warm-up lap. Image Credit: GP Update

A1 Team Netherlands continued to set the pace in the final free practice session ahead of this weekend's Vodafone A1GP Algarve. Robert Doornbos, who is also competing for the full season in the IRL for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team with teammate Graham Rahal - and will be in Long Beach this next weekend, set the fastest ever A1GP lap around the circuit with a 1m 30.115s lap, nearly three quarters of a second quicker better than anyone else. Teams are allowed to trial one complete 'PowerBoost lap' in advance of being allowed to use it in one qualifying segment this afternoon. Doornbos used his to perfection, to send shockwaves through the rest of the paddock with his pace.

Switzerland's Neel Jani, who is driving full time with the A1GP at the moment, emerged victorious from an action packed Feature race at Vodafone A1GP Algarve, Portugal this afternoon. The result means Jani now has ten A1GP victories to his name – more than any other driver in the history of the sport. Portugal's Filipe Albuquerque drove a fantastic race to come through to second, while Fairuz Fauzy was third for Malaysia. Ireland's Adam Carroll finished second on the road, but a subsequent penalty dropped him to fifth.

Additional Event Photos HERE>>

Now it is on to the 35th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 17-19, 2009, for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing driver, Robert Doornbos, for his second try to conquer the streets of Long Beach alongside teammate Graham Rahal.

... notes from The EDJE

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