With the A1 Grand Prix series instigating a sense of national pride not seen in motorsport since the years preceding World War II, the recent earthquake in Pakistan resulted in an outpouring of support for Team Pakistan and driver Adam Khan at the EuroSpeedway in Germany.

A1 Grand Prix founder His Highness Sheikh Maktoum led a one minute silence prior to the sprint race as a mark of respect to the thousands of people killed by last weeks huge earthquake, leaving Team Pakistan and driver Khan with heavy hearts as the field lined up for the opening race of the day.

Chairman of A1 Team Pakistan, Arif Husain, was touched by the gesture from A1GP, the EuroSpeedway crowd and the other 24 nations competing in the World Cup of Motorsport.

"This show of support truly illustrates the spirit of A1 Grand Prix," said Husain. "In circumstances such as this, it is overwhelming that whilst being competitors, all the member nations showed solidarity and a sense of camaraderie."

Khan was quick to make his move on the opening lap of the sprint race, perhaps a little too quick as he raced from 16th to seventh before the first corner. When he got to turn one he found the Portuguese entry of Alvaro Parente blocking his path and contact ensued. Although Khan continued relatively unscathed, he had done damage to his nosecone, which parted company several laps later, ending his race prematurely.

Faced with a 21st starting spot for the 35-lap feature race, the 20 year-old Khan drove maturely throughout, aided by a slick pit stop from his Super Nova team to take the chequered flag in 12th position, missing out on a championship point but at least giving his supporters something to smile about in the midst of a very trying time.

"First of all I'd like to say how deeply sorry and how filled with sorrow I am following the terrible tragedy in Pakistan," said Khan. "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan at this time. The racing this weekend was secondary in my mind and at times it was difficult to keep focused.

"The first race was disappointing but that's the way racing goes sometimes. I struggled a little with the balance of the car in early stages of the second race but I still managed to do the business. The strategy for the early pit stop was definitely the correct decision as it meant I could make the most of the clean air. The safety car period didn't really help me in any way, but after retiring in the first race I was happy with my performance in the feature race."

In conclusion Husain added; "I am very pleased with the outcome for Adam and A1 Team Pakistan, particularly on a day like today when the whole country is under a dark cloud after the event of the disastrous earthquake. Adam was here to do a job for his country and we are all very proud of him."

 

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