Loic Duval secured his fourth podium finish of the A1GP season in Durban although the Feature race in South Africa saw disappointment for the Frenchman as he was forced to retire in the early stages.

Duval had qualified in third place for the Sprint race behind championship leader Nico Hulkenberg and Kiwi Matt Halliday, but when the race kicked off, Duval made light work of the New Zealand. However, Hulkenberg - easily the man to beat in the series this season - was already pulling away out front and Duval had to settle for second place when the flag dropped.

Starting on the front row of the grid for the Feature race, Duval dropped to third at the start but after an early Safety Car period, he was forced into pitlane to retire with drive-shaft failure.

"It was a tough start from the sprint race," he said. "I was surprised to be able to pass New Zealand so easily. Here I was in second place and did not want to let it go. I just could not match the speed from the German car already two seconds ahead of me after one lap.

"For the start of the feature race, I was on the dirty side of the track and did not have a lot of grip and could not keep my second position as the Netherlands passed me. Later, I could do nothing and the safety car was deployed. Then at the restart my drive-shaft broke on the second lap and the race was over for me.

"What a shame because we were running well during the weekend."

 

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