A superb start by Johnny Reid has seen New Zealand score their first A1 GP victory of the season in the first of two races at Brno, Czech Republic.

A typically processional race indicative of a short ten lap race, most of the changes were made at the start as the drivers jostled for position through the wide first right-hander.

It was New Zealand though that made the best getaway, getting the jump on pole sitter Adrian Zaugg, the South African having a dismal first few corners as he slipped behind Great Britain and Ireland too.

Robbie Kerr and Adam Carroll enjoyed their own little battle through the opening bends too, but Kerr eventually prevailed to lead his rival, the latter picking up a bit of damage in the process.

However, despite a fraught first few corners, the race settled into one of little action, with Reid simply putting a comfortable amount of tenths on his margin with every lap to finish almost six seconds up on Kerr, who otherwise maintained Great Britain's strong start to the season in second place.

Carroll was a quiet third to score Ireland's first podium since Estoril 2005, holding off South Africa, who in turn retain their early lead in the championship standings.

Feature race pole sitters Netherlands held off the attentions of France throughout the race, Nicolas Lapierre getting a superb start from tenth on the grid but unable to get any higher than his eventual sixth place finish behind Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Christian Vietoris scored a seventh place for Germany, by just two tenths from Switzerland's Neel Jani, while Portugal and China rounded out the top ten and the point scoring positions.



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