Team Germany secured its best finish yet in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport after Timo Scheider claimed second in the feature race at Laguna Seca.

Scheider, who was making his farewell appearance for the team before taking up his DTM duties, had earlier finished the sprint race in seventh position and an excellent early tyre change in the feature race was the catalyst for a strong result in the longer feature.

Running strongly in third place in the closing stages, Scheider was able to benefit from the first mechanical problem of the season for newly crowned champions France to take second - a result he was understandably delighted with.

"I am pleased with second place as this is a reward that all the guys of A1 Team Germany deserve for their hard work," he said. "When the race started, it was absolutely unpredictable. Fortunately, the team was able to repair the damage on our car caused by A1 Team Lebanon in the sprint race. I started on the wet line of the grid, but we got off perfectly. The pit stop was excellent - thanks for that.

"The race was really hard behind A1 Team Lebanon as Graham Rahal had a very aggressive style. Finally, we got past him and he had to pit. I gained another place as A1 Team France suffered bad luck in the race, but they won the title - all my best wishes to them!"

Team manager Willi Weber was also thrilled with the result.

"Congratulations to Timo and to the whole team on their excellent performance," he said. "It was a very good day for A1 Team Germany. We always knew that we can finish on the rostrum. After fourth place in Mexico a fortnight ago, we finally broke the duck and we achieved our first podium finish in our strong dash for the line in the closing three events of the first season of the A1 Grand Prix Series."

 

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