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Carroll wins sprint race for Ireland.

Adam Carroll produced a faultless drive to take A1 Team Ireland's second series victory in Chengdu and a first success of the Powered by Ferrari era.

Having taken pole, Carroll dominated the race to take the win ahead of A1 Team Netherlands as Robert Doornbos came home a comfortable second. Danny Watts held off a fierce challenge from Switzerland's Neel Jani to claim the final podium position for A1 Team Great Britain.

As the cars came round the final corner for the rolling start, Carroll controlled the pack with Doornbos making a good start alongside him to challenge into the first corner. Carroll held his line and by the end of the first lap had built up a 0.918s lead which he never looked in danger of relinquishing.

“It's brilliant,” he said. “The guys have worked so hard and were due the results and this year I think we are going to get what we deserve.

“I managed to get into turn one first and tried control it from there. Obviously, I knew Robert was going to be very quick and pushing extremely hard so I just kept my head down and tried not to make any mistakes, I know it's going to be a pretty long race this afternoon.”

The run to second was an was impressive drive from former F1 racer Doornbos on his debut for A1 Team Netherland's taking a comfortable second position, the team's best result in 19 races.

Watts meanwhile, also having his first A1GP race, made a move around the outside of Switzerland's Jani to take third position off the start and began to pull out a small gap.

In the closing laps of the 18-lap race, the battle for third began to heat up as Jani closed in on the British car. Watts' advantage over the Swiss driver was down to 0.686 seconds and Jani was preparing to make a move but Watts held on to give GB its first points of the season having missed the Zandvoort opener.

“It's a great result and a great reward for all the hard work all the boys have put in over the week, because they have put in a massive amount of hours through the nights,” Watts said. “The third place is good points on the board.

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David NI - Unregistered

November 09, 2008 8:30 PM

Well done Adam. Great drives in both races. Keep up the good work, but don't leave it until the last corner of the last race to clinch the title, my nerves could not stand another one of those. :)

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