Chris Alajajian endured a trying time on his return to Eastern Creek as Team Lebanon failed to build on his previous knowledge of the Sydney circuit.

The Australian-Lebanese driver went into sixth round of the A1GP season hoping to make the most of his past experience at his home circuit but was only able to come away with a brace of 19th place finishes from a difficult weekend of racing.

Friday practice had shown early promise for the team with Alajajian posting the fifth fastest time, but a qualifying session crash dashed all hopes of high grid positions for the two races.

The Lebananese crew worked long into the night to repair the car, with Alajajian able to take up his place on the grid for the sprint race. Starting on dry tyres from 22nd place, Alajajian battled tricky conditions after rain fell to lie in twelfth place just three laps from the end before he slid wide and dropped back to 19th at the flag.

From the back once again for the feature race, Alajajian ran as high as 17th before another trip off track and after two pit-stops he could only match his result from the opening race.

"First of all I must thank the Lebanon crew for working through the night to get my car ready for today," he said. "I know they only had about three hours of sleep, yet they rebuilt the car and it ran smoothly without a hitch. I am so grateful for their dedication and commitment.

"I'm disappointed that I couldn't have rewarded them with better results, but it was very tough out there; I know I've learned from the experience, but I'd like to put this weekend behind me and look forwards now, with the target of better results in the future."

 

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