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Jani wins Algarve feature race

Neel Jani has taken another feature race victory for Team Switzerland after holding off the late challenge of Adam Carroll in the second event of the weekend on the Algarve.

Having seen his hopes of a strong result in the sprint race hit by qualifying problems and a penalty for making his pit stop outside the pit stop window, Jani made the most of problems for his rivals to secure the lead of the race and then defended from Carroll over the closing laps to take victory.

With Brazil missing the race due to the damage sustained in race one, 19 cars looked set to take the start but pole-sitter Robert Doornbos was forced out on the warm-up lap by an electrical fire un the Team Netherlands car.

It meant Carroll started at the front of the field and although he led away when the lights went out, he was then given a drive through penalty for jumping the start which dropped him down the order.

Jani did lose the lead to local driver Filipe Albuquerque but made his move for the lead after a second safety car period in the race to take the win, with Carroll making the most of the cautions to work his way though the field and pass Albuquerque to take second. However, Carroll faces the prospect of being investigated after the race over claims he passed Australia under caution – a claim the Irish team denied when informed of a possible penalty.

Behind the top three, Malaysia took fourth from Mexico and France, with Great Britain, China, Germany and Indonesia completing the teams still running at the end.

The race was notable for two accidents, both of which led to Safety Car periods.

The first saw Earl Bamber in the Team New Zealand car run over the rear of South Africa's Adrian Zaugg while dicing for third place, while the second incident – which came shortly after the restart – saw Marco Andretti run wide for the USA and then attempt to cut back onto the racing line without realising Tonio Liuzzi was coming up the inside to make a move for position. The resulting contact also saw Clivio Piccione collected to put Monaco out of the race.

India also crashed out of the race, with Narain Karthikeyan spinning out in the closing stages having looked set for a solid points finish.


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Neel Jani on track in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani [Pic credit: A1GP]
Dan Clarke in action in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Earl Bamber at the Portimao circuit [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos in action 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]
Neel Jani - A1 Team Switzerland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani - A1 Team Switzerland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani - A1 Team Switzerland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani - A1 Team Switzerland [Pic credit: A1GP]

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