The A1 Grand Prix PROTON Pro Celebrity Race went on without a hitch on the last day of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations. We saw an exciting battle between 11 cars driven by local and international celebrities. There was supposed to be 12 cars, but the man behind A1 Sheikh Maktoum had to pull out due to important business obligations.
Two laps into the race, two cars went out as they collided in a three car pile-up after turn two. With that, Karamjit Singh and young Aaron Lim were out, and the third car driven by Steven Watson continued racing, only to pull out after 6 laps due to mechanical failure.
The highlight of the race was the fierce bumper to bumper battle between Tuka Rocha and Tengku Djan which resulted in another contact. Tengku Djan got out of the contact smoothly after spinning out but Tuka got caught up and ended up with a fifth place finish as a result.
Some comic relief was provided by comedian Mazlan (Lan Pet Pet) of Scenario fame where he accidentally overtook the safety car during the warm up lap. Mazlan said, “Well I though the race had started because everyone was dicing with each other, turns out we were still in the warm up lap and when I realised this, it was too late. In any case the race was still fun, especially in the pits where everyone are good buddies.”
Tengku Djan commented, “The race has been unbelievably fun. Of course we didn’t give an inch of road to one another but it was all in good spirits and I hope the drivers will be up for it again next year.”
The A1GP PROTON Pro Celebrity Race was jointly organised by Race.Rally.Research and Sepang International Circuit with the help of sponsors from Silverstone Tyres, Proreka, and PROTON Parts Centre.
A1GP PROTON Pro Celebrity Race final Classification:
|Pos 1||Car 12||Tengku Djan Ley||MAS|
|Pos 2||Car 11||Jan Lammers||HOL|
|Pos 3||Car 6||Christian Jones||AUS|
|Pos 4||Car 4||Akhbar Ebrahim||IND|
|Pos 5||Car 7||Tuka Rocha||BRA|
|Pos 6||Car 3||Norman Hakim||MAS|
|Pos 7||Car 1||Ila Ridak||MAS|
|Pos 8||Car 9||Mazlan (Lan Pet Pet)||MAS|
|DNF||Car 10||Steven Watson||RSA|
|DNF||Car 5||Aaron Lim||MAS|
|DNF||Car 2||Karamjit Singh||MAS|
|DNS||Car 8||Sheikh Maktoum||UAE|
I assume DNF – Did not finish, DNS – Did not start.
Photos and news thanks to R3 Media General Release.
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