A1GP racer Michael Devaney enjoyed a great introduction to the Porsche Carerra GB Cup at Mondello Park by claiming a third and fourth in the weekend's two races and admitted without the A1GP he probably would not have been at Mondello in the first place, let alone on the podium.

Devaney featured in the inaugural World Cup of Motorsport driving for Team Ireland, exiting the final round in Shanghai with a spectacular barrel-roll in the season's final race, however showed his class with a fourth place in the first race at China.

The twenty-year-old Dubliner revealed to Crash.net Radio that the invitation to pilot the Team Ireland machine in China last month effectively saved his career.

"I think I got more coverage after rolling the car than if I had won the race. The A1 series has been great," enthused Devaney, "if it wasn't for that my career would probably be over by now because I don't have the budget to move up to the World Series or GP2 after racing in F3, so I was lucky the A1 series came along and I'm hoping to become the number one driver next year."

Devaney elaborated on 'that role' in Shanghai and despite the close racing in the Porsche Carerra GB Cup had no repeat of his incident in China. "I made a bad start in the feature race after finishing fourth in the sprint and climbing my way up the order I passed the Indonesian guy.

"I gave him enough room, he doesn't think so, but he lost the car a bit and sent me flying over a couple of times and pretty much destroyed the car. You can run a lot closer than you can in single seaters and the racing is good," said Devaney, "I thought there would be more bumping but the guys gave me room and I gave them room as well, it was very fair."

Devaney will now be competing in one-off races over the summer while he focuses his attention on contesting the next A1GP season at the helm of Team Ireland.



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