New Zealand added themselves to the list of first time winners in A1 Grand Prix after Jonny Reid delivered a resounding lights-to-flag victory at Sentul, Indonesia, making them the seventh different winner in nine races.

With none of the drama at the start that afflicted his last attempt to win from pole position, Reid made a clean start and then spent the rest of the race holding Mexico's Salvador Duran at arms length to record a long overdue win for the nation.

Joining South Africa, Germany, Netherlands and Italy this season as having tasted the winners champagne for the first time, New Zealand's win is a landmark for the team and comes just before they visit their home round at Taupo in the new year.

From the start, Duran was the big winner when he made a scintillating start to jump ahead of both Germany and Great Britain by the first corner and slot in second place, where he proceeded to put pressure on Reid.

However, despite a charge over the last couple of laps for Duran, Reid was never in trouble and duly completed the 15-laps with ease to take the full six points and win the chance to start the feature race from pole position.

Mexico crossed the line in second place, with the margin of less than a second behind New Zealand perhaps suggesting the race was closer than it was, with Robbie Kerr in turn another three seconds back to claim yet another podium for Great Britain.

Kerr had been in fourth after the start when he dropped behind the equally fast starting USA entry of Philip Giebler, but took less than a lap to find a way back past and gradually move away as the American became embroiled in a fight with Germany and Australia.

Dropping from third to sixth off the line, Niko Hulkenberg spent much of the race tailing Ryan Briscoe and looked to be heading for the sixth and final point, only for the former IRL driver to make a misjudged move on Giebler for fourth on the final lap, giving the championship leader all opportunity he needed to slip back up into fifth place.

With an eye on securing a strong grid position for the feature race of the weekend, only one retirement emerged from a largely cautious sprint race, with Chinese newcomer Ho-Pin Tung spinning out with four laps remaining.

As a result, the remaining top ten finishers of France, Canada, South Africa and Switzerland will be left targeting points from their starting positions in the more lucrative feature event.

 

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