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The 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season was the second season for the A1 Grand Prix series. It began on 1 October 2006, at Circuit Park Zandvoort, and the season ended at Brands Hatch on 29 April 2007. A1 Team Germany won it with 128 points, 35 points lead ahead Team New Zealand.
24 teams, each representing a different country, signed up for the second A1 Grand Prix season. All teams and drivers competed in Zytek-powered, Cooper Avon-shod and Lola chassis. The following teams competed in the 2006-07 championship:
|Race Team||Team||Seat holder||Race drivers||Rounds||Other drivers|
|Alan Docking Racing||A1 Team Australia||Alan Jones||Ryan Briscoe||1, 4-5|
|Karl Reindler||2-3, 6-8|
|Arena Motorsport||A1 Team Greece||Stathis Basios||Takis Kaitatzis||1-2|
|A1 Team India||Atul Gupta||Armaan Ebrahim||1-5|
|Narain Karthikeyan||6, 8-11|
|Carlin Motorsport||A1 Team Lebanon||Tameem Auchi||Basil Shaaban||1, 3, 5|
|Charouz Racing System||A1 Team Brazil||Emerson Fittipaldi||Tuka Rocha||1-2, 5, 7|| Ruben Carrapatoso|
|Raphael Matos||3-4, 6|
|Bruno Junqueira||8-9, 11|
|A1 Team Czech Republic||Antonin Charouz||Tomá? Kostka||1||Jaroslav Jani?|
|Tomá? Enge||2-4, 6-8|
|Jaroslav Jani?||5, 9|
|DAMS||A1 Team France||Jean Paul Driot||Nicolas Lapierre||1-5|
|Loïc Duval||6-8, 11|
|Jean Karl Vernay||9-10|
|A1 Team South Africa||Tokyo Sexwale||Adrian Zaugg||1, 3-4, 8-9, 11|| Gavin Cronje|
|Alan van der Merwe||5-7, 10|
|A1 Team Great Britain||A1 Team Great Britain||Tony Clements
|Robbie Kerr||2, 4-8, 10-11|
|A1 Team Indonesia||A1 Team Indonesia||N/A||Ananda Mikola||1-10|
|John Village Automotive||A1 Team Canada||Wade Cherwayko||James Hinchcliffe||1-3, 6-9|
|Sean McIntosh||4-5, 10-11|
|A1 Team Malaysia||A1 Team Malaysia||Alex Yoong||Alex Yoong||All||Fairuz Fauzy|
|Max Motorsport||A1 Team Switzerland||Max Welti||Sébastien Buemi||1-2, 6-7, 10-11|
|Neel Jani||3-5, 8|
|Performance Racing||A1 Team Pakistan||Arif Hussain||Nur B. Ali||All|
|Racing for Holland||A1 Team The Netherlands||Jan Lammers||Jeroen Bleekemolen||1-9, 11|
|Renger van der Zande||9-10|
|Status Grand Prix||A1 Team Ireland||Mark Kershaw||Michael Devaney||1-4|
|Super Nova Racing||A1 Team Germany||Willi Weber||Nico Hülkenberg||1-8, 10-11|
|A1 Team New Zealand||Colin Giltrap||Matt Halliday||1, 3, 8, 11|
|Jonny Reid||2, 4-7, 9-10|
|Team Astromega||A1 Team China||Liu Yu||Congfu Cheng||1-4, 10-11|
|A1 Team Portugal||Luis Vicente||Álvaro Parente||8-9, 11|
|Team Ghinzani||A1 Team Italy||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Alessandro Pier Guidi||1-2||Michele Rugolo|
|Teamex||A1 Team Mexico||Juan Cortina
|Juan Pablo Garcia||11|
|West Surrey Racing||A1 Team Singapore||N.A.||Christian Murchison||1, 3-4, 6-8|
|A1 Team USA||Rick Weidlinger||Philip Giebler||1-5, 7|
3 A1GP Teams did not participate in all races.
The second A1 Grand Prix season is scheduled to consist of 11 races, held in 10 different countries. Each race is to be run over a three-day weekend, including a practice session on each of Friday and Saturday before a qualifying session on Saturday, and then two races on Sunday.
There are some changes in weekend program for second season:
|Round||Date||Country||Circuit||Pole Position||Fastest Lap||Winner||Report|
|1||S||1 October 2006||Netherlands||Circuit Park Zandvoort||Adrian Zaugg||Adrian Zaugg||Adrian Zaugg||Report|
|F||Alex Yoong||Nico Hülkenberg|
|2||S||8 October 2006||Czech Republic||Auto Motodrom Brno||Jonny Reid||Alex Yoong||Alex Yoong||Report|
|F||Philip Giebler||Alex Yoong|
|3||S||12 November 2006||China||Jingkai Street Circuit, Beijing||Jeroen Bleekemolen||Salvador Durán||Jeroen Bleekemolen||Report|
|F||James Hinchcliffe||Enrico Toccacelo|
|4||S||26 November 2006||Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit||Neel Jani||Jonny Reid||Neel Jani||Report|
|F||Enrico Toccacelo||Nico Hülkenberg|
|5||S||10 December 2006||Indonesia||Sentul International Circuit||Jonny Reid||Robbie Kerr||Jonny Reid||Report|
|F||Jonny Reid||Jonny Reid|
|6||S||21 January 2007||New Zealand||Taupo Motorsport Park||Nico Hülkenberg||Nico Hülkenberg||Nico Hülkenberg||Report|
|F||Nico Hülkenberg||Nico Hülkenberg|
|7||S||4 February 2007||Australia||Eastern Creek Raceway||Nico Hülkenberg||Nico Hülkenberg||Nico Hülkenberg||Report|
|F||Nico Hülkenberg||Nico Hülkenberg|
|8||S||25 February 2007||South Africa||Durban street circuit||Nico Hülkenberg||Nico Hülkenberg||Nico Hülkenberg||Report|
|F||Adrian Zaugg||Nico Hülkenberg|
|9||S||25 March 2007||Mexico||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez||Alex Yoong||Salvador Durán||Alex Yoong||Report|
|F||Jonathan Summerton||Oliver Jarvis|
|10||S||15 April 2007||China||Shanghai International Circuit||Robbie Kerr||Jonny Reid||Robbie Kerr||Report|
|F||Jonny Reid||Jonny Reid|
|11||S||29 April 2007||United Kingdom||Brands Hatch||Robbie Kerr||Robbie Kerr||Robbie Kerr||Report|
|F||Sébastien Buemi||Nico Hülkenberg|
A 12th race had been scheduled to have been held in Brazil; however, on 17 January 2007 the A1GP organisation announced that as a result of a delay in obtaining a local terrestrial television agreement then the event would be cancelled.
The first Chinese round of the 2006/07 A1GP took place on the streets of Beijing. However, the tight hairpin at the end of the backstraight was far too tight for the cars to negotiate safely, as there was literally, a 180 degree left turn. Cars were running wide and stopping mid corner, therefore the sessions were red flagged.
A shorter circuit was created, creating another less tighter hairpin halfway up the straight, bypassing most of the old straight. This corner was still not perfect as drivers still ran wide despite the corner being wider, and had to avoid the pitlane entry barrier. It had to suffice, though, because otherwise the race would have to be cancelled.
However, another problem arose in qualifying, when manhole covers on the roads were coming undone due to the racing cars' high downforce and low center of gravity. Grid positions were decided based on practice times. Some advertising banners also came loose around the circuit.
It was announced the races would start behind the safety car, as the first corner was also deemed unsafe.
Both races were uneventful, particularly the Sprint Race which took place almost entirely behind the safety car after course officials failed to remove a single spun car in a timely fashion.
On 1 April 2006, during the penultimate round of the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season in Shanghai, a fake timetable of the 2006-2007 season was published. This schedule included a night time race in Sápmi, an A1GP USA race in Baghdad, a race in Middle-earth at 'The Ring', a Venice Street Race as well as a Tibetan hill climb. In addition, it outlined special regulations, such as requiring only the Cornettos be catered for the Venice race, that "cars will arrive flatpacked for the IKEA Cup race in Narnia, so extra time will be required for their assembly", and that for the hill climb, half the cars will start from the top, and half will start from the bottom. A race in South Los Angeles was to have drive-by penalties.
So, remember, A1 Grand Prix takes you places you've never been before.