France has secured the inaugural A1GP title after Nicolas Lapierre secured a 15th podium finish of the season in the opening race of the weekend at Laguna Seca.

Although he was unable to improve on the French teams impressive winning record during the weekend, second place behind Mexican Salvador Duran in the sprint race proved to be enough to wrap up the title as nearest rivals Switzerland were unable to score spoints.

However Lapierre was unable to make it a perfect weekend for the French as gearbox trouble forced him to park up with just three laps left in the feature race when he had looked set to take another race victory.

"We were here to win the championship, and we won it," Lapierre said. "It?s a shame we were not able to take the next victory. But we cannot complain as this is the first failure out of 20 races."

Team principle Jean-Paul Driot was also pleased to secure the title although he admitted to being disappointed that the title hadn't been claimed with a victory.

"Our target was to win the title which was done already in the Sprint Race," he said. "For sure I am disappointed we did not take another win with just three laps to go. But if it had to happen then better after winning the title than before."

 

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