A1GP: series heads off to Mexico City this weekend

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarTuesday, March 11th, 2008

 
 

The Australian Grand Prix isn’t the only motorsport event on this weekend, you know. While you’re dragging yourself out of bed to fall in front of the telly at silly o’clock, there’ll be a tense title fight taking place in Mexico City.

With just three rounds of the 2007/08 season left, Switzerland, France and New Zealand will be duking it out for the series honours.

British driver Olly Jarvis has admitted that Team GB is probably a busted flush as far as the title goes. But he’s in the car following his success there last year.

Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit hosted Team Great Britain’s maiden victory in March 2007.

Jarvis, then an inexperienced rookie, beat sprint race winner and feature race pole-sitter Alex Yoong of A1 Team Malaysia to take the honours.

2007 Formula Renault UK champion, Duncan Tappy, will join Team GB in Mexico this year to take on the driving duties for the British team in the rookie session on Friday morning.

Tappy, 23, was named Autosport Club Driver of the Year in 2007 and has twice been a finalist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, won the 2005 Formula Ford Festival and finished second in the UK championship.

Race times

* Mexico City is on Central Standard Time – six hours behind GMT, so just subtract that from the times below to find out when things are happening.

The A1GP Mexico City, Mexico event runs from 14-16 March, starting with the rookie driver and developing nations’ sessions on Friday morning from 11am to 11.25am and again from 11.35am to 12pm.

All 22 teams can take part in the later practice session from 2pm to 3pm.

Final practice and qualifying for the Sprint and Feature race will take place on Saturday with the two races scheduled to run on Sunday at 11am and 3pm respectively.

Live video and audio coverage of qualifying and the feature race is available on the A1GP site (video restricted in selected regions).

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