The 2007/08 A1GP campaign is so finely-poised with just four rounds now remaining that it will go all the way down to the wire - that is the view of erstwhile championship leader Switzerland's Neel Jani.

The Swiss had led the nations' standings for the majority of the season, and flying out for the Australasian double-header lay 19 points clear of the field and looking in good shape to become the nation vs nation series' third champions. A run of poor results, however - save for Jani's runner-up spot in the Eastern Creek feature race last time out - has seen that gap not only reduced but overturned by rivals New Zealand and France, and with eight races left to run that same margin of 19 points covers the top five challengers.

"You should count nobody out," former GP2 and Champ Car ace Jani asserted. "We've seen this season how quickly you can win or lose 20 points.

"It is so open with the new points system. With the old points system it would have been hard, but with this new one you can be sure of nothing.

"Everybody is a rival, and one thing I do know is that the title will be open until Brands Hatch whatever happens. It will go down to the wire."

The championship race has ebbed and flowed all season, and Jani's second place Down Under brought a welcome end to three disastrous races that had earned Team Switzerland just two points. Over the same period, series one champions France and defending title-holders Germany each scored 36, New Zealand 35 and South Africa 16.

"I just lost it under braking," the 24-year-old confessed of his late-race error in treacherous conditions in the Eastern Creek sprint outing that had cost him third place. "I was 5km/h quicker into the corner than before, but I used the same braking point and that was enough to go off.

"Obviously I got back out and finished tenth, but it was one of the lowest points of the season for me, because it was my mistake. It was my first big mistake, actually.

"We're still there, though, and that gives me a lot of optimism. We have the pace; we just need to finish these races. We will go to Durban optimistic because we have run well there before."

Round seven of the ten-meeting 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will be held at Durban in South Africa on 23-24 February.

 

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