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Watts takes GB to double podium.

Danny Watts finished in third position in both the sprint and feature races at Chengdu as A1 Team Great Britain made its first appearance of A1GP's Powered by Ferrari era in China.

The team had been forced to miss the opening rounds of the year at Zandvoort due to build delays with the new car, but Watts was quickly on the pace and secured pole position for the feature race, having earlier taken fourth on the grid for the sprint race.

At the start of the sprint race, Watts was able to battle ahead of Neel Jani at turn one and held his position through to the finish despite coming under pressure from the Swiss driver in the closing stages.

"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," he said. "The third place is good points on the board.

"I had a good move round the outside of Jani at the first corner and I just had to pursue it. After that it was just a case of trying to hold onto the back of Ireland and the Netherlands. I had to keep it clean and tidy and not let Jani by again."

Watts made a good start from pole position in the feature race, leading the pack into the first corner ahead of Portugal's Filipe Albuquerque and sprint race winner Adam Carroll and retained the lead on the restart after a brief safety car period.

However, he lost places following the two mandatory pitstops and was forced to settle for third place for the second time during the weekend – giving GB a solid 16 points from its first event of the season.

"We are really pleased with third - we came out in an unfortunate place after the second pitstop but that's racing, unfortunately it worked against us," he said. "But we never would have thought we would go away with two podiums after arriving when the car was still in bits.

"The podiums have to go to the mechanics because they have worked so hard. There's been a huge effort from everyone on the team and I'm so glad that we're going away from the weekend with a big haul of points. It's been a privilege and an honour to drive for Great Britain. I've had a great weekend and hope that I have contributed."


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Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [pic credit: A1GP Media]
Neel Jani [Pic credit: A1GP]
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Adam Carroll - A1 Team Ireland [Pic credit: A1GP]
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Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]

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