Narain scores A1 Team India's 1st pts in A1 GP
Karthikeyan brought the national flag liveried car home in seventh place from 10th on the grid in the Feature race to collect 4 points.Updated: Jan 21, 2007 20:38 IST
Narain Karthikeyan scored A1 Team India's first ever points in A1 GP on Sunday, finishing seventh at the New Zealand Grand Prix at Taupo Motorsport Park in Taupo.
On a tight and twisting track, with limited space for overtaking, Karthikeyan brought the national flag liveried car home in seventh place from 10th on the grid in the Feature race to collect four points.
Karthikeyan, who made his debut with A1 Team India in New Zealand, performed consistently throughout the weekend, to achieve India's best ever qualifying position, Sprint and Feature race results and the second fastest lap of the day.
In his first rolling start in some years, Karthikeyan made up three places to move up the running order to seventh.
But after the first start was aborted, the 22 A1GP cars reformed the original starting order to make a second rolling start and in the melee, the A1 Team India car fell down to 12th.
After climbing back to 10th, Karthikeyan demonstrated his true racer instincts, battling for the final four laps of the race to pass Italy and Great Britain for 8th place.
However, on the narrow Taupo circuit and with few laps available, the India racer was unable to find a way past and had to settle with his original grid slot.
Commenting on his first A1GP event, Karthikeyan said, "we leave with the first points for A1 Team India, so I'm really pleased. That was what I wanted, and we couldn't really have expected anything more with such little track time and data from the car.