Dutch driver Jos Verstappen was once more on feisty form in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, putting his qualifying woes behind him to deliver two gutsy performances on the Indonesia circuit of Sentul.

Verstappen scored nine points for A1 Team Netherlands, with a seventh place in the Sprint race and a sixth place in the Feature race. The South African Feature race winner qualified in thirteenth place but his practice session times illustrated a better position was on the cards, and a subsequent investigation found a rogue set of tyres had been issued to the Racing for Holland-run squad.

Team Seat Holder Jan Lammers, absent from his squad's win in Durban as he contested the Rolex 24 hour race, was present in Indonesia and praised Verstappen's Sprint race performance from thirteenth to seventh.

"In the Sprint race we had maximum result," said Lammers. "In both races Jos just drove superb and took the right decisions constantly. When he needed to overtake, he overtook and when he needed to back off, he came out good. Very good and consistent judgement. At the end the handling of the car was a bit less and we were unable to attack any more. It was a very good show and again we have learned a lot."

The Feature race looked to be another one full of promise for the popular orange car with Verstappen into second place behind Britain's Robbie Kerr for a time, then exiting after its compulsory pitstop in eighth position on track which would later equate to third of those who had taken their stops.

Come the third restart, Jos took Tomas Enge in the Czech Republic car and only had eventual race winner Sean McIntosh up ahead of the stopped cars, but a later move from Team Malaysia's Alex Yoong from behind tipped Verstappen into a spin and his eventual finishing spot was sixth.

"In the last race I really had a superb start," said Jos. "It's a shame with those safety cars, otherwise I could have driven on the first set of tyres longer. That would have also been advantageous for our second set and handling of the car in the end. And the incident with Yoong, I tried to defend, but he hit me on the right rear tyre and then I spun. Luckily I was able to go on track again. I can be pleased with sixth place in the end, considering what happened."

Despite not witnessing a podium result, Lammers was happy with progress. "We all want those positions back that we lost with that spin, but we have to be satisfied with this," said the Dutch racing veteran. "But considering the problems we had in qualifying we got maximum result here, apart from that spin. The incident between Alex Yoong and Jos just was a racing incident, I would have also gone for it."

 

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