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Doornbos take victory in Portugal

IndyCar ace Robert Doornbos has taken his first victory in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport after securing a comfortable win in the sprint race in the Algarve.

Doornbos had started the race from second on the grid but made light work of getting ahead of pole-sitter Vitantonio Liuzzi and was never headed from that point onwards – pit stops aside – as he carried the Netherlands to a victory which keeps their championship hopes alive.

Liuzzi proved unable to match his qualifying performance as he was shuffled back by Adam Carroll and Filipe Albuquerque during the pit-stops to put Ireland and Portugal onto the podium, with Liuzzi eventually taking the flag in fourth place on his first A1 appearance.

Clivio Piccione took fifth place, while the top six was completed by Indian racer Narain Karthikeyan.

The race itself was brought to a premature end after eleven laps following an accident involving Brazil's Felipe Guimaraes and South African's Adrian Zaugg. Zaugg was running two laps down after losing time at the start when he was involved in contact with Guimaraes, forcing officials to throw out the red flag.

Guimaraes was still classified in seventh place, but the race stoppage worked against Neel Jani, who had taken the flag in eighth place but had also been handed a stop/go penalty by race officials.

With no time to take the penalty, he was instead given 30 seconds added to his race time and dropped down to 15th place, moving Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy into eighth place.


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Robert Doornbos in action in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
A1 Team Netherlands star Jeroen Bleekemolen at the annual Rizla Racing Day
A1 Team Netherlands star Jeroen Bleekemolen in action at the annual Rizla Racing Day
A1GP grid girls add a touch of glamour at Zandvoort in the Netherlands [pic credit: A1GP Media]
A1GP grid girls add a touch of glamour at Zandvoort in the Netherlands [pic credit: A1GP Media]
Jeroen Bleekemolen - A1 Team Netherlands [Pic credit: A1GP]
Dan Clarke in action in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Earl Bamber at the Portimao circuit [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani on track in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani on track in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Felipe Guimaraes during qualifying in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Nicolas Prost during qualifying in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Tonio Liuzzi during qualifying in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos on track in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos takes pole in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Tonio Liuzzi takes pole in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos during practice in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Andre Lotterer - A1 Team Germany [Pic credit: A1GP]

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