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Monaco and Netherlands take pole

team_netherlands_b.jpgThe Netherlands and Monaco were the toast of Kyalami today as their respective drivers, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Clivio Piccione, claimed the coveted pole position spots for the Sprint and Feature races of round Five of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season, A1GP Gauteng, South Africa. While it was pole number four for the Dutch driver it was the first ever for Monaco.

It proved to be an exciting qualifying afternoon at the 2.65-mile Kyalami circuit, which is 2000 metres above sea level. Both grids look very different thanks to the return of the PowerBoost qualifying rule, where teams got to choose when to engage an extra 60 brake horse power for the entirety of one of their four runs, and a big cr

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A1GP Title Fight Heads to South Africa

adrian_zaugg_rsa.jpgA1GP World Cup of Motorsport makes its first ever visit to South Africa's most famous motor racing circuit, Kyalami, this weekend for round five of the series, Go-GP.Org A1GP Gauteng, South Africa on 20 - 22 February 2009.

The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit is located in Gauteng province, just north of Johannesburg and has a rich history of international motorsport events on four and two wheels. The balanced blend of slow, medium and fast corners and the fact Kyalami is nearly 2,000 metres above sea level will present a challenge to both the race drivers and engineers at this weekend's event.

Home nation A1 Team South Africa, with 22-year-old Adrian Zaugg at the wheel of the distinctively-liveried Vulindlela

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Money continues to flow into A1GP

team_switzerland.jpgA1 Teams Switzerland and Monaco have both announced new commercial partners ahead of A1GP Gauteng, South Africa on 20 - 22 February.

Reigning champion Switzerland has confirmed that FORDAHL-FOQ Group, involved in the timing components for telecommunication systems, and cp eyewear and helmets will join its team.

"As a leading company in its business area, FORDAHL-FOQ aims at communicating at the highest level," said a team statement. "For two years, the group's advertising strategy is based on motorsport sponsoring. The synergies are obvious: in both fields, speed and accuracy are key elements.

"Swiss brand cp stands for trendy, innovative and at the same time highly professional manufacturing of

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Jani wins Features Race

neel_jani_sw_taupo_2.jpgA1 Team Switzerland claimed its second win of the season in this afternoon's Feature race in A1GP Taupo, New Zealand. Neel Jani finished ahead of Ireland's Adam Carroll and Portugal's Filipe Albuquerque with Ireland retaining its position at the top of the A1GP championship standing.

Ireland had a clean getaway from pole position but the Netherlands' Robert Doornbos was slow off the mark from the front row, allowing Portugal to take advantage, and so dropping back to fifth. Albuquerque was right on the gearbox of Ireland as the field headed into turn one, tapping the Irish car and briefly losing momentum allowing a quick-starting Jani to move up from fourth on the grid to second.

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Ireland dominate Qualifying

adam_carroll_taupo.jpgA1 Team Ireland's Adam Carroll dominated qualifying to put the Celtic Tiger on pole position for both of tomorrow's races in Taupo, New Zealand. Carroll initially took control of Sprint race qualifying, posting a time of 1 minute 15.197 seconds round the 2.06-mile circuit.

With so many incidents interrupting every session so far this weekend and no PowerBoost being available in qualifying for this event, the pressure was on for the drivers not to make any mistakes in each of their four flying laps this afternoon. In the blistering heat, China and Australia were first to emerge on track but it wasn't until the final moments of the first qualifying segment that the real action began with Switzerland's Neel J

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Switzerland dominate Friday Practice

neel_jani_taupo.jpgRound four of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season got underway at New Zealand's Taupo Motorsport Park today with reigning champion A1 Team Switzerland setting the early pace. Alexandre Imperatori started the day as the quickest rookie, while main driver Neel Jani ended the day quickest overall.

Swiss rookie Imperatori set the pace this morning with a lap of 1 minute 18.091 seconds, helped in part to being able to run a new set of tyres. Teams use two sets of tyres carried over from the previous A1GP race in the rookie session, however, with Switzerland's first lap exit from Sepang's Feature, the team had a new set of Michelins available to him this morning, which he us

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Power to the Fans

peta_da_silva.jpgA1GP.com is launching ‘Dashboard', a new live GPS-style mapping and telemetry system to enhance fans' viewing of races for the rest of the season. ‘Dashboard' is likely to take the watching of motorsport to a whole new interactive level.

While watching the live television coverage of qualifying and races, fans will now be able to access a host of new information including real-time position maps, detailing the exact location of every race car on track, along with a live feed of dashboard information from every A1GP nation's car.

Thanks to the new technology in the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car, a fan can select to view any of the 22 team's real-time steering wheel data, including speed, throttl

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