A1 Team Lebanon has scored its first points in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport following the opening rounds of the 2008/09 season at Zandvoort.
Daniel Morad qualified in a solid tenth place for the first race weekend of the Powered by Ferrari era but lost out at the start of the sprint race when he ran wide at turn one in challenging wet conditions and slipped down to 14th place.
However, he battled back well to take the flag inside the top ten in tenth place, and then lined up in the same position for race two after a change in regulations for the weekend which meant the feature race grid was decided by the sprint race result.
Morad climbed up to fifth place before the first mandatory stop and a quick change by the Lebanon squad saw him rejoin in fourth. Another quick stop saw him retain fourth after the second round of pit stops but with a matter of laps remaining, Morad hit water coming into turn one and collided with the Chinese car – putting both off into the barriers and out of the race.
However, a high attrition rate in the race meant Morad was still classified in eighth place, and took three points for the Lebanese entry as a result; the first time the team has scored in A1 history.
“The sprint race was very tough, with the spray reducing visibility to virtually nothing,” he said. “Our strategy was to keep clean and finish the race which we did. In the Feature race the team did an awesome job with the pit stops and helped me to gain places, but I just lost it close to the end when I hit standing water. I'm gutted that I wasn't able to finish, but at the same time I'm thrilled to have brought Lebanon their first points in the Series. I know how much this means to the team and to the nation, so I leave here with plenty of positives.”
Seat holder Tameem Auchi was pleased with the first points finish, and said he was hopeful that it would prove to be the first on many during the remainder of the campaign.
“First of all I'd like to congratulate Daniel on bringing Lebanon the first World Cup points,” he said. “We've waited a long time for this moment and finally we have achieved our first goal of the season. The team has worked extremely hard within a very short space of time to be ready for this weekend and I'm delighted that their efforts have been rewarded. It's only the first of ten rounds and I think that we've shown that there is great potential with Daniel, the new car and the team.”