A1 Team Switzerland has won the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, after finishing fourth in this morning's sensational Brands Hatch Sprint race in the UK, in which Great Britain's Robbie Kerr took a fantastic home race victory ahead of USA and Ireland.

The crowd went wild as home favourite GBR's Robbie Kerr dominated the action from pole position to win the 20-minute race, moving the British team up into third place in the championship before this afternoon's final race of the season. Kerr, who took victory in the Brands Hatch Sprint race last year, has now scored three wins for his nation during his A1GP career.

Much to the delight of the home fans, Ireland's Adam Carroll finished on the podium in third place, after making a brilliant start from fourth on the grid, diving past the Swiss car going into Paddock Hill and seizing third. Twenty-five-year-old Carroll has now notched up a total of four podium finishes - including one win - for the Irish team in his debut A1GP season.

USA's Jonathan Summerton, who started second and has been on impressive form all weekend, held position throughout the race and, despite pressure from Carroll in the Celtic Tiger, went on to finish second and take his third podium for the American squad this season.

New Zealand's Jonny Reid, who had a poor qualifying session on Saturday but was still in with a chance of overhauling the Swiss team in the title fight this morning, crossed the line eighth. The Kiwis are now preparing to defend second overall in the championship during this afternoon's season finale Feature race, as third-placed GBR is set to pile on the pressure.

An emotional Max Welti, seat holder of newly crowned A1GP champion A1 Team Switzerland, said: 'It's absolutely outstanding. It's such a great feeling - you just cannot believe it! To represent Switzerland all over the globe and to actually do it is fantastic. We're writing a page in the history books. Neel came on the radio after he crossed the line to thank the team - he knows that to win the world championship is not only his achievement, but everybody in the team as well.'

Sprint race results

1 Robbie KERR GREAT BRITAIN 19:19.143
2 Jonathan SUMMERTON USA 19:20.269
3 Adam CARROLL IRELAND 19:21.329
4 Neel JANI SWITZERLAND 19:23.268
5 Narain KARTHIKEYAN INDIA 19:23.610
7 Adrian ZAUGG SOUTH AFRICA 19:25.257
8 Jonny REID NEW ZEALAND 19:27.528
Franck MONTAGNY FRANCE 19:30.021
11 Michael AMMERMÜLLER GERMANY 19:30.346
13 Fairuz FAUZY MALAYSIA 19:33.497
14 John MARTIN AUSTRALIA 19:34.989
15 James HINCHCLIFFE CANADA 19:36.460
16 Xandi NEGRAO BRAZIL 19:37.250
17 Edoardo PISCOPO ITALY 19:37.744
18 Adam KHAN PAKISTAN 19:43.030
19 Satrio HERMANTO INDONESIA 19:49.097
20 David MARTINEZ MEXICO 19:49.465
21 Congfu CHENG CHINA 19:50.664
22 Khalil BESCHIR LEBANON 19:55.381

Fastest lap: A1 Team China's Congfu Cheng set the fastest lap (1m16.184s) of the Sprint race on lap 14.


A1 Team India secured its second win of the season when Narain Karthikeyan took victory in the Brands Hatch season finale Feature race this afternoon while GBR's Robbie Kerr notched up another home race podium after a beautiful drive, just losing out to India during the second round of pit stops.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kerr maintained his second place grid spot behind Karthikeyan at the start, pressuring the race leader in the opening stages of the 48-lap race. When India and third-placed Ireland made their first mandatory pit stop on lap eight, GBR opted to stay out in clean air and come in on lap nine. After a fantastic pit stop from the British crew, Kerr rejoined in the lead ahead of India and Ireland. The British racer held P1 until his second compulsory stop on lap 32 when he emerged just behind India to rejoin the action in second. Kerr was unable to pass Karthikeyan during the remaining laps and went on to cross the line second and secure third place overall for GBR in the final championship standings.

Newly crowned A1GP champion A1 Team Switzerland's Neel Jani joined India and GBR on the podium in third position, the Swiss racer's 11th podium finish of the season, while China's Congfu Cheng finished in a superb fourth place after a great weekend at a circuit he knows well from his British F3 days.

Fifth place was taken by Franck Montagny, helping France secure fourth position in the championship. Montagny was followed across the line by the Netherlands' Jeroen Bleekemolen in a solid sixth, moving the Dutch team into seventh overall in the championship, four points ahead of Germany in eighth.

New Zealand's Jonny Reid did just enough to secure second in the championship behind Switzerland, who took the prestigious title honours this morning. Reid carved his way through the pack from 17th to seventh during the course of the 48-lap race, partly due to swift work in the pits from the New Zealand squad. Portugal's Filipe Albuquerque snatched seventh from the Kiwi with just four laps remaining, demoting Reid to eighth at the chequered flag, which was enough to take second in the championship, beating GBR by just one point for the second consecutive season.

Indonesia's Satrio Hermanto crossed the line 10th to score his nation's first point this season. Hermanto put in a superb effort to hang onto the final points-paying position, after last lap pressure from the Czech Republic and South Africa.

Ireland's Adam Carroll, who was on course for another podium finish after a sterling drive to third in the Sprint race this morning, crossed the line 13th to secure sixth in the final championship standings. Carroll got a great start and ran in third for the first part of the race, before losing his car's front wing and being forced to pit for repairs outside the compulsory pit stop windows. The Northern Irish star was clearly pushing hard after rejoining in 18th on lap 20, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 44.

Defending champion A1 Team Germany endured a disappointing end to season three, finishing eighth in the overall standings. Michael Ammermüller finished 11th in the Sprint race and 19th in the Feature, after a puncture just 10 laps from the end, when he was running in third place, ruined his chances of a podium position this afternoon.

Australia's John Martin and Pakistan's Adam Khan were involved in a racing incident on lap two of the Feature race, which put them both out of the action early and brought out the safety car for six laps.

Today's Feature race marked the end of an era as it was the 64th and final race outing for the Zytek-powered A1GP Lola cars. From season four onwards, Ferrari will manufacture and supply the A1GP engines and consult on the design and manufacture of the A1GP chassis. The first round of season four will take place at the Mugello circuit in Italy on 19-21 September 2008.

Narain Karthikeyan, who took his maiden A1GP race win in Zhuhai, China in December last year, was delighted to score India's second race win:

'I think I made a good start. Robbie tried to go round the outside but I defended that move. When we came out of the first pit stop I had a coming together with Adam Carroll - I didn't see him because I had a moment and he tried to go up the inside and I hit him. But anyway, a great result for A1 Team India and after the final pit stop my car was mega. I made a mistake at Sheen but at the end it was all good!'

Robbie Kerr, who won this morning's Sprint race from pole and finished second in the main event this afternoon, was visibly disappointed to just miss out on doing the double on home soil:

'It was a fantastic weekend for GBR, it was just a shame we couldn't pull the second win off. Narain and I were so equal and after the first pit stop we thought we had done enough. Then unfortunately the second pit stop didn't quite go our way, but it's a team sport and we all worked hard. It's just one of those things.'

Commenting on almost taking second from New Zealand in the championship for the second year running, Kerr said:

'The guys told me the situation and of course it was frustrating and I wanted to push but I had to consolidate third place in the championship as well. There was no point mucking it up with Narain and tangling over nothing, so we pushed and made sure we got a good result and unfortunately again, we were a couple of points off second place in the championship but we will fight on for next year and I'm sure it's going to be even tighter and closer with the new cars.'

Neel Jani, who secured the title for Switzerland when he finished fourth in this morning's Sprint race, celebrated the championship honours with a podium finish in the Feature race this afternoon, the final race of season three.

'This is the greatest moment of my career,' said an emotional Jani. 'I can't put it into words at this moment. A1GP has been getting tougher every season and this year we got the title. After the first race, winning the title with fourth place felt a little empty but after the podium it feels fantastic. I was a little bit worried by still being sixth after the first pit stop but we had a great second stop and great pace afterwards. Brands Hatch gave us a fantastic atmosphere and a great place to win the title.'

Twenty-four-year-old Jonny Reid, who did just enough today to fend off GBR and take silver in the World Cup of Motorsport, reflected on a dramatic season finale and an incredible year:

'I'm knackered,' Reid said. 'That was such an intense drive. We put everything into it and thankfully got everything out of it. We struggled with rear grip throughout the race, but it didn't matter in the end. I was pleased with my drive, the pit stops were great and the result was fantastic. I look back and see a lot of areas where things got away on us and think we could've won this championship. At the end of the day, second overall is a great achievement, especially with our tough finish to the campaign. Life wasn't easy. Over the three seasons we've been the most consistent nation in this championship and that's something to be proud of.'

Feature race results

1 Narain KARTHIKEYAN INDIA 48 1:07:24.691
2 Robbie KERR GREAT BRITAIN 48 1:07:25.769
3 Neel JANI SWITZERLAND 48 1:07:33.416
4 Congfu CHENG CHINA 48 1:07:33.823
5 Franck MONTAGNY FRANCE 48 1:07:37.651
6 Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN NETHERLANDS 48 1:07:40.229
7 Filipe ALBUQUERQUE PORTUGAL 48 1:07:40.405
8 Jonny REID NEW ZEALAND 48 1:07:44.553
9 Edoardo PISCOPO ITALY 48 1:07:51.044
10 Satrio HERMANTO INDONESIA 48 1:08:13.959
11 Adrian ZAUGG SOUTH AFRICA 48 1:08:14.352
12 Jonathan SUMMERTON USA 48 1:08:14.723
13 Adam CARROLL IRELAND 48 1:08:14.938
14 Xandi NEGRAO BRAZIL 48 1:08:25.353
15 Filip SALAQUARDA CZECH REPUBLIC 47 1:06:53.173
16 David MARTINEZ MEXICO 47 1:07:47.078
17 James HINCHCLIFFE CANADA 47 1:07:49.512
18 Khalil BESCHIR LEBANON 46 1:08:06.465
19 Michael AMMERMÜLLER GERMANY 39 0:55:55.117
20 Fairuz FAUZY MALAYSIA 39 0:56:22.619
21 Adam KHAN PAKISTAN 2 0:02:52.129
22 John MARTIN AUSTRALIA 2 0:02:52.788

Fastest lap: A1 Team Ireland set the fastest lap in the Feature race, lapping the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in 1m15.997s with a speed of 175.4 kph on lap 44 of the 48 lap race.

2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport points standings.

1 Switzerland 168
2 New Zealand 127
3 Great Britain 126
4 France 118
5 South Africa 96
6 Ireland 94
7 Netherlands 87
8 Germany 83
9 Canada 75
10 India 61
11 Portugal 59
12 USA 56
13 China 55
14 Brazil 44
15 Malaysia 25
16 Mexico 22
17 Australia 20
18 Italy 12
19 Czech Republic 10
20 Pakistan 1
21 Indonesia 1

Next race: A1GP Mugello, Italy, 19-21 September 2008

All pictures A1GP.

Sprint Race

Robbie Kerr (Team GBR) took a confident win in the Sprint Race.

Jonathan Summerton (Team USA) continued his recent run of good form.

Another podium for Adam Carroll (Team Ireland).

Neel Jani drove a controlled race to finish fourth and ensure the Championship for Team Switzerland.

Narain Karthikeyan (Team India) was a very close fifth.

Another promising race for Filipe Albuquerque (Team Portugal).

Jonathan Summerton, Robbie Kerr and Adam Carroll share the Sprint Race podium.

Feature Race

Narain Karthikeyan (Team India) celebrates his Feature Race win.

Robbie Kerr finished second and Team GBR took third in the Championship.

Neel Jani (Team Switzerland) finished off a great day with third place.

Congfu Cheng (Team China) drove a great race to finish fourth.

Franck Montagny (Team France) his improved steadily since his A1GP debut.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (Team Netherlands) completed the top six finishers.

Filipe Albuquerque (Team Portugal) had another good run to seventh.

Although not on the pace Jonny Reid did enough to keep Team New Zealand in the runners-up spot.

Edoardo Piscopo (Team Italy) was in the points with ninth.

Satrio Hermanto gave Team Indonesia their first point of the season with tenth.

Adam Carroll (Team Ireland) had to have a new nose after contact with Team India

Michael Ammernüller (Team Germany) struggled all weekend.

David Martinez (Team Mexico).

Adam Khan (Team Pakistan) had a coming together with John Martin (Team Australia).

The cars race through Paddock Bend on the opening lap.

The cars line up on the grid before the start of the Feature Race.

Robbie Kerr, Narain Karthikeyan and Neel Jani look happy with their results.

Time for some English glamour.