For the third day in a row, Mother Nature dictated the schedule for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey CA.

All of the weather fronts and assaults have been nocturnal with the days mostly sunny and bitter cold. However, the wet weather takes its toll on track conditions, and again Sunday the track required cleaning and drying before cars could go on course.

Mother Nature had a bad hair day Sunday and she couldn't make up her mind. If you didn't like the weather, wait five minutes. The only consistency was the inconsistency. The weather bounced back and forth between bright sun and blue skies to pouring rain. In one morning you could get a sunburn and case of mildew.

The Sunday schedule started with A1GP Warm Up at 12:50pm, with the morning sun long gone. Dark, threatening clouds rolled in and hovered ominously. It quickly worsened and the instant the Checkered Flag flew, it bucketed.

MATT HALLIDAY/A1Team New Zealand was fastest all session, with BRYAN HERTA/A1Team USA and pole sitter SALVADOR DURAN/A1Team Mexico swapping second place. Duran prevailed for second. RYAN BRISCOE/A1Team Australia and MAX PAPIS/A1Team Italy were fourth and fifth.

Papis said he didn't know if he would race the last A1GP Race, but he surely was glad to be back in an open wheel car.

In the pits to cheer on his longtime friend was three-time Motorcycle World Champion, WAYNE RAINEY, for whom Turn Nine is named - the Rainey Curve.

PATRICK CARPENTIER/A1Team Canada also didn't know if he would be racing in China. He just had a new baby.

Carpentier said he didn't have the best day Saturday - they were struggling. But he was upbeat.

The Canadian driver said the Cooper tires were very hard, and with the cold weather it was even more so. The tire warmers were especially helpful.

The A1GP Sprint Race is planned for around 2pm PST, give or take. At this point, it will be declared a Wet Race - the first one in A1GP history.

The Sunday rain brought out more track repairs. Water rivulets and furrows were evident everywhere and the exit of Turn Five was especially in need of attention. There were sandbags, a truck full of sand and lots of workers attending to it.

The pits were filled with fans and racing aficionados, speaking many different languages and carrying flags of various nations.

OFFICIAL A1GP WARM-UP RESULTS

1 NEW ZEALAND MATT HALLIDAY
2 MEXICO SALVADOR DURAN
3 USA BRIAN HERTA
4 AUSTRALIA RYAN BRISCOE
5 ITALY MAX PAPIS
6 FRANCE NICOLAS LAPIERRE
7 GREAT BRITAIN ROBBIE KERR
8 NETHERLANDS JOS VERSTAPPEN
9 SWITZERLAND GIORGIO MONDINI
10 CANADA PATRICK CARPENTIER
11 GERMANY TIMO SCHEIDER
12 LEBANON GRAHAM RAHAL
13 IRELAND RALPH FIRMAN
14 AUSTRIA MATHIAS LAUDA
15 SOUTH AFRICA STEPHEN SIMPSON
16 CHINA TENGYI HIANG
17 INDONESIA ANANDA MIKOLA
18 BRAZIL CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI
19 MALAYSIA ALEX YOONG
20 CZECH REPUBLIC TOMAS ENGE
21 PAKISTAN ADAM KHAN
22 PORTUGAL ALVARO PARENTE

 

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