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A1GP: Karthikeyan triumphs at Brands Hatch

Narain Karthikeyan scorched the Brands Hatch circuit to win the Feature race.

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Updated:May 5, 2008, 12:48 AM IST
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A1GP: Karthikeyan triumphs at Brands Hatch
Narain Karthikeyan scorched the Brands Hatch circuit to win the Feature race.

New Delhi: Narain Karthikeyan scorched the Brands Hatch circuit to win the Feature race and close the A1GP season on a high note as Team India secured its first ever top-10 finish on Sunday.

It was Karthikeyan versus Robbie Kerr throughout and the Indian won the battle through a brilliant second pit stop.

Karthikeyan, starting at pole at the grid, finished the 48-lap race in 1 hour 7 min 24 seconds to bring home a total of 21 points – 15 from Feature and six from Sprint, where Karthikeyan finished fifth in the morning.

This powered India to its first A1GP top-10 finish as they edged past USA, Portugal and China to be perched on 10th place on the championship table.

The second pit-stop in lap 32 proved instrumental in Karthikeyan's win as he beat the host nations' Robbie Kerr at the break to go ahead and eventually grab the lead with 10 laps to go.

It was smooth sailing after that as he maintained the lead and secured India's second win of the season.

It also crushed Robbie Kerr's hopes of a double win after the Briton had won the Sprint race in the morning. Kerr finished second behind Karthikeyan with a marginal gap of 1.078.

Swiss Neel Jani finished third with a timing of 1:07:33.416. However, he had already sealed the Championship for his nation when he finished fourth in Sprint race in the morning.

An elated Karthikeyan dedicated the win to Team India. "I am really happy. The win is sweeter than the Zuhai win (in December 2007) as it was a complete job. It's always special to win at Brands Hatch. This is capital of Motorsport and I am really happy," he said after the race.

"I dedicated it to A1 Team India as they really put on great job and all the people who have worked hard and to my fans too."

Karthikeyan said it was a tough battle out there with Kerr as well as with Ireland.

"It was really heavy. It was a great race and there were some close moments. Robbie drove well but we managed to edge him past. Also Ireland struck me from behind and fortunately it did not damage my car," he said.

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