Team Mexico's Salvador Duran converted pole position into his first A1 Grand Prix win in a sodden sprint race at Laguna Seca that also saw France confirmed as the inaugural A1 Grand Prix champions.

Despite lingering fears over whether Sunday's two races would go ahead, Duran led the 22 cars away from the rolling start and led newly crowned A1 champions Team France and driver Nicholas Lapierre across the line in a shortened 16-lap race by a shade under two seconds.

Mexico and France finished well clear of third place finisher Alvaro Parente in the Team Portugal entry while Great Britain's Robbie Kerr strengthened the UK's position on third in the overall standings with a lonely run to fourth place.

Team Ireland's Ralph Firman took a solid fifth place while Canada's Patrick Carpentier drove from 18th on the grid to sixth. Carpentier's fellow Laguna Seca expert Bryan Herta claimed two points for Team USA with a ninth place finish although Team Lebanon's Graham Rahal missed the chance to score his country's first A1 points when he retired shortly after half distance.

Laguna Seca ? Sprint Race Results

1. Mexico
2. France
3. Portugal
4. Great Britain
5. Ireland
6. Canada
7. Germany
8. New Zealand
9. United States
10. Australia

 

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