Enge wins the season finale

Tomas Enge won the final A1 Grand Prix race of the season for the Czech Republic, due to a superb start and great pit work by his team

Enge wins the season finale

Enge made a perfect start to the Feature Race when the red lights went out, moving up from seventh on the grid to fourth by the end of the first lap, and then moved up to second, when the entire field went into the pits on the third lap due to a safety car period.

When racing resumed, Enge made passed Team Malaysia's sprint race winner Alex Yoong around the outside of the tricky Turn 1 to take the lead. From that point on, Enge pulled away from Yoong to win by nearly seven seconds at the chequered flag.

The former IRL racer's maiden victory in the series means that the Czech Republic becomes the eighth nation to win a race in the inaugural season of the World Cup of Motorsport.

Yoong, having taken his first victory in the series earlier in the day by winning the sprint race, was elated with second place, which moved his team into fifth in the final championship standing.

Ryan Briscoe secured his best finish since joining A1 Grand Prix at Laguna Seca last month, taking the final podium position for Team Australia.

Briscoe comfortably beat arch-rival New Zealand to the podium, having a 16-second advantage over Matt Halliday at the chequered flag.

Team Pakistan scored their best finish of the season and their first points since the opening round at Brands Hatch with fifth place. Adam Kahn also benefited from slick pit-work during the safety car period to move up the order.

Nicolas Lapierre put in a superb comeback drive for Team France, after leaving the pits last because of a sticking left-rear wheel. He passed Canada's Patrick Carpentier on the penultimate lap. Carpentier finished seventh.

Sprint Race top-five finishers Michael Devaney and Ananda Mikola were involved in a huge smash on the second lap, which caused the safety car period that helped Enge leap up the order.

Devaney's Irish car went into the sweeping Turn 7 fractionally infront of Mikola's Indonesia's car. However, Mikola appeared to understeer slightly while running alongside and hit Devaney.

Mikola's front-left hit Devaney's right-rear wheel sending the Irishman into a series of rolls through the gravel trap. Both got out their cars uninjured although they then gestured at each other strongly when they got out of the cars.

Sprint race podium finishers Darren Manning and Salvador Duran had their chances of victory effectively ended when they were awarded drive-through penalties for jump starts. Duran's Mexico entry fared better, finishing eighth, with Manning coming home 15th.

Pos  Driver              Team            Time
 1.  Tomas Enge          Czech Republic  59:23.250
 2.  Alex Yoong          Malaysia        +   6.721
 3.  Ryan Briscoe        Australia       +   9.853
 4.  Matt Halliday       New Zealand     +  26.466
 5.  Adam Khan           Pakistan        +  28.183
 6.  Alexandre Premat    France          +  31.432
 7.  Patrick Carpentier  Canada          +  33.457
 8.  Salvador Duran      Mexico          +  34.415
 9.  Enrico Toccacelo    Italy           +  48.375
10.  Philip Giebler      USA             +  51.331
11.  Graham Rahal        Lebanon         +1:01.653
12.  Cesar Campanico     Portugal        +1:06.925
13.  Mathias Lauda       Austria         +1:07.420
14.  Stephen Simpson     South Africa    +1:07.840
15.  Darren Manning      Great Britain   +1:09.922
16.  Qinghua Ma          China           +1:17.354
17.  Jos Verstappen      Netherlands     +1:44.475
18.  Sebastian Stahl     Germany         +1:49.994
19.  C. Fittipaldi       Brazil          +  2 Laps
20.  Giorgio Mondini     Switzerland     + 23 Laps
21.  Ananda Mikola       Indonesia       + 29 Laps
22.  Michael Devaney     Ireland         + 29 Laps

Fastest lap: Duran, 1:52.546 on lap 30

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING:

 1.  France          172
 2.  Switzerland     121
 3.  Great Britain    97
 4.  New Zealand      77
 5.  Malaysia         74
 6.  Brazil           71
 7.  Netherlands      69
 8.  Ireland          68
 9.  Portugal         66
10.  Canada           59
11.  Mexico           59
12.  Czech Republic   56
13.  Australia        51
14.  Italy            46
15.  Germany          38
16.  USA              23
17.  South Africa     20
18.  Indonesia        16
19   Austria          14
20   Pakistan         10
21   Japan             8
22   China             6
shares
comments
Yoong takes maiden A1 win
Previous article

Yoong takes maiden A1 win

Next article

Enge welcomes unexpected win

Enge welcomes unexpected win
Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past Plus

Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past

Rising sportscar star Adam Smalley had to pinch himself when offered the chance to drive the car that won the world’s most famous enduro in 1987

Historics
Sep 6, 2022
Why romanticism isn't the key factor in Lola’s racing return Plus

Why romanticism isn't the key factor in Lola’s racing return

The iconic Lola name is being relaunched after it was taken over by new ownership. Part of that reboot is a planned return to racing, though the exact details of this are still to be finalised - though its new owner does have a desire to bring the brand back to the Le Mans 24 Hours. But romanticism doesn't appear to be the driving force behind this renewed project...

General
Jul 14, 2022
Rating the best drivers of the century so far Plus

Rating the best drivers of the century so far

Autosport's Top 50 feature has been a staple of the magazine for the past two decades since its first appearance in 2002. Here are the drivers that have featured most prevalently during that time

General
Jan 7, 2022
The best motorsport moments of 2021 Plus

The best motorsport moments of 2021

Motorsport produced one of its greatest years of all-time in 2021 despite a backdrop of ongoing COVID-19 challenges and an ever-changing racing landscape. Through the non-stop action Autosport has collected the finest moments from the past 12 months to highlight the incredible drama and joy motorsport generates

General
Dec 31, 2021
The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers Plus

The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers

Making it in motorsport can be tough, and sometimes drivers move elsewhere before their best chance arrives. Here are some of those who made it back

General
Dec 26, 2021
The hidden racing gem attracting ex-F1 heroes Plus

The hidden racing gem attracting ex-F1 heroes

It’s rarely mentioned when it comes to assessing the best national contests, but the Brazilian Stock Car series that reaches its climax this weekend has an ever-growing appeal. Its expanding roster of ex-Formula 1 names has helped to draw in new fans, but it's the closeness of competition that keeps them watching

General
Dec 10, 2021
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021