After a tough start to the season in the Netherlands, Adam Carroll says he is confident that A1 Team Ireland can kick-start its season as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to China for the second round of the year.

Carroll was unable to score in either of the races at Zandvoort despite a depleted field due to the late delivery of a number of cars which forced five teams out of the weekend.

Despite qualifying well, he suffered a spin at the start of the sprint race and then endured another spin in the feature race to leave the Irish team pointless ahead of the second weekend of racing with the new Powered by Ferrari car.

However, the former GP2 racer said the team had put the Dutch event firmly behind it and was now ready for the Chinese race weekend.

"The boys worked their nuts off and everybody gave everything, for nothing, in the end," he told the official A1GP website. "But in A1GP, the highs are high, the lows are lows. But that's fine - we are strong.

"We are here to fight for championship until the bitter end to try and win it. I believe in the team and that we are among the strongest here. I feel good, I've been doing this long enough now to know we can put everything together and make it work. We have taken the good parts from Zandvoort and left the bad parts there in the Netherlands. We all came home, talked about everything, put our heads down and have moved forward. Now is the start of the next round.

"Our dry pace is good and we will have the pace this season. Unfortunately in Zandvoort, not just for me but for everybody, old Mother Nature got out of the wrong side of the bed. It was probably just about the worst weather I have ever raced in in my life and unfortunately I got caught out twice, which is pretty rare."



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