New Zealander Jonny Reid scored his third victory in the 2007 A1GP series, winning the Feature Race in Shanghai, China.
The British car, driven by Robbie Kerr, was second, ahead of Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg who scored enough points to take the 2006/2007 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport title.
After a Safety Car period, the race got under way in earnest on lap three with Kerr’s lead instantly coming under attack from an aggressive Reid.
He was still second after another Safety Car period, ahead of Germany, US, Switzerland, India, Italy, Netherlands, Australia and Ireland.
Germany pitted first. A strong pitstop could have gained a place but a problem with the rear left tyre forced the car to stay in the pitlane for crucial seconds.
As that was happening, Kerr began to ease away from Reid, seeking to build a buffer for when he pitted on lap 11.
Reid pitted on lap 13 but along with Hulkenberg, was one of only two drivers not to put new tyres on the car but to opt for pre-used ones.
When Reid resumed racing, Kerr just maintained his lead but when they came up to lap Pakistan, Reid reduced the gap further. Pakistan moved aside and the two passed on to the main straight and Reid makes his move into Turn 1.
They went in side by side. Reid got ahead as they exited Turn 2, and held it comfortably for the rest of the race. Hulkenberg had attacked Kerr for second but the Englishman defended stoutly.
“We’ve had a great car for much of the weekend,” Reid said. “We’ve been working on it pretty hard as the conditions have changed a lot over the weekend, so this is a credit to all of the guys who have put in so much time and hard work. Basically we had a problem with the gearbox. It was leaking quite a bit of oil and dropping on to the exhaust quite dramatically.”
“I managed to nail some good laps while [Kerr] was in the pits. When I came out I caught them quite quickly and then there was the safety car period and I managed to get a good exit out of the final turn and get the car up the inside [for Turn 1]. Robbie gave me just enough racing room, it was getting tight there but it’s great to [race] with such classy drivers.”
Kerr won the sprint race, from Reid and Hulkenberg.