A1 Team Ireland will lead the A1GP championship standings into 2009 after Adam Carroll secured a second win of the 2008/09 season in the feature race at Sepang.

Carroll finished the sprint race in fifth place before dominating the longer feature race and his results mean Ireland now leads the standings by eight points from Portugal.

A trouble free sprint race saw Carroll make up two places thanks to slick pit-work to take four vital points towards the championship total.

Having taken pole for the feature race, the Irish car maintained the lead off the start and Carroll simply dominated the race - only losing the lead as the pit stops cycled through and coming home more than 15 seconds clear of anyone else.

Indeed, such was Carroll's dominance that he reflected that the win was one of the best of his career.

"It was really good," he said. "That was exactly what I wanted to do this weekend. I was very happy to be on pole and I just concentrated on getting a good start and getting into the first corner with the lead.

"I've been lucky enough to win some great races but personally for me it's probably the best. I feel good now and I really want to go on and win the championship and show that not only can I win races but that I can be a champion. The balance was really good and I just pushed as hard as I could and ended up with a nice big gap. The guys did a fantastic job in the pits and that's what it takes. It's just really all coming together.

"I'm going to keep training hard on the winter break. It's a long hard season and I'm looking forward to racing in New Zealand in January. It's a going to be a long hard fight. The other guys are going to come back at us and hopefully we've got an answer for them."

Team principal Mark Gallagher was also delighted with the victory, and also with the fact that the Irish will now go into the Christmas break as the team to beat.

"To lead the championship at this stage going into the Christmas and New Year break is ideal," he said. "Clearly in the last two events we've established ourselves as the team to beat.

"Adam and the whole team are doing a magnificent job and it's taken some time to build this squad into a world beating team. The result is there for all to see - that we've shown everyone a clean pair of heels today and now our focus is on keeping up the consistency.

"There are seven rounds remaining and we can't win every race but we clearly have a very strong team and if we can keep a consistent approach and continue to get podiums and points finishes we have a good chance to win the World Cup of Motorsport."



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