Kiwi Matt Halliday put in an impressive performance in the Feature race of the A1 Grand Prix on the streets of Durban, to take fourth place through all the incidents in an action packed race.

Halliday had taken sixth place in the earlier Sprint race and his performance of working his way through the field was only eclipsed as best of the race by storming Dutchman Jos Verstappen, who won the race after starting from sixteenth place.

A1 Team New Zealand's chief executive, Bob McMurray, praised the performance of Halliday and the WSR Racing-run squad.

"This was a tough course with disaster lurking at every turn," McMurray said. "Less than half the field finished the Feature Race and with such an attrition rate Matt's effort was simply brilliant.

"You walk a fine line between staying out of trouble and being aggressive enough to haul in cars in front. On this occasion Matt judged his two drives to perfection and we couldn't be happier. It was a great way to start the New Year."

McMurray says WSR [the team's engineers and pit crew] were in great form, too, particularly given the changeable weather.

"They had to finetune a new engine and set up the car for a demanding circuit that was subjected to weather extremes, both wet and dry. WSR were on top of their game all weekend."

With four events in the 11-round Series still to come, McMurray says challenging for third place overall is now a distinct possibility.

"Our goal is to come out and win every race," he said. "While we haven't achieved the podium results we would've liked, we've been ultra-consistent. If we keep recording results like this weekend we should be challenging for a top three finish overall and that would be an amazing effort in this sort of company."

 

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