In his second meeting in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, James Hinchliffe opened Canada's account in the 2006/07 season with a double points finish at Brno.

The 19-year-old Champ Car Atlantic racer was given the job of continuing at the wheel of the car in the Czech Republic despite the availability of race winner Sean McIntosh, who struggled for pace in the Friday practice sessions on his return.

Hinchcliffe fired the Canadian entry through the order from fifth to second at the start of the sprint event and held his position throughout the ten laps behind former F1 racer Alex Yoong - crossing the line under two seconds behind Malaysian driver when the race came to a close.

The strong sprint race showing meant Hinchliffe lined up on the front row for the feature race and then led the pack away after getting the jump on Yoong at the start. The pair diced at the front before contact saw Hinchliffe tipped into a spin, and with dirty tyres he was unable to stop cars behind demoting him to fifth at the finish.

"Overall a good day but a frustrating result in the feature given the performance of the whole team," he said. "I made a great start off the line this afternoon and worked up a decent lead. The guys did an unbelievable job in the pits today and they got me out well ahead of Alex. Ultimately he closed on us, he would gain some ground then I'd pull it out again. He wasn't alongside me enough to make the pass, he hit me and I spun out. He clearly had the faster car towards the end, we were both the class of the field, but it was the wrong place to make a move!

"I'm disappointed for the team but we bagged a podium in the sprint and some points to get on the board today."



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