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Old 4 Feb 2007, 10:08 (Ref:1833107)   #1
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The Teams Behind the Teams

Apologies if this has been covered before, but is there a listing somewhere of which teams/racing organisations are in charge of the various country's A1GP operations?

I know that Alan Docking Racing are running the Australian effort, but that is about it. I assume there are other known GP2/F3/WSRenault squads running the other A1 teams?

I would be very interested to know who is running what, and who is teamed up with who in terms of data sharing in this category. In theory A1 seems to be a very controlled spec formula, but going by the pace of some cars compared to others, there must be plenty of scope for tuning the cars to the various circuits, thereby making clever engineers very handy weapons.

Ryan Briscoe's lack of results in the Team Aus car was very surprising to me, considering several of the drivers that were beating him were hardly better off than he in the talent department. All only IMO of course.
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Old 4 Feb 2007, 15:30 (Ref:1833237)   #2
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I know quite a few of them, as per the list below. Perhaps other folk could fill in the blanks?

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 1.  Germany         Super Nova [with NZ]
 2.  New Zealand     Super Nova [with Germany]
 3.  China           ?            
 4.  Netherlands     Jan Lammers Racing     
 5.  Czech Republic  Charouz Racing [also Brazil, I think]
 6.  Malaysia        Team Malaysia's own, I think
 7.  Switzerland     ? [Max Welti's involved]
 8.  USA             West Surrey Racing
 9.  France          DAMS
10.  Great Britain   Team GBR's own [link with Canada]
11.  Brazil          Charouz Racing [also Czech Republic, I think]
12.  Italy           Ghinzani Racing
13.  Indonesia       ?
14.  Australia       Alan Docking Racing
15.  Mexico          Piers Masarati Racing
16.  India           ?
17.  Lebanon         Carlin Motorsport
18.  Ireland         Team Ireland's own
19.  Pakistan        Performance Racing Europe
20.  South Africa    ? [Mike Carroll's in charge]
21.  Canada          John Village Racing [link with GBR]
22.  Singapore       ?
It's a good question, because the team really makes a difference. Salvador Duran was a race winner last year when the Team Mexico car was prepared by DAMS, who also looked after France and Switzerland. He's just as good a driver this year, probably better, but the car is not. South Africa should be much higher up, too, because Alan van der Merwe is a classy driver.

As for India, they'll be much better for the last four races because Narain Karthikeyan's coming back!
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Old 4 Feb 2007, 17:59 (Ref:1833347)   #3
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Astromega is running China.
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Old 5 Feb 2007, 00:37 (Ref:1833600)   #4
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India is run by Arena motosports !
Singapore >West Surrey Racing

cant wait for NK to drive again!!!!
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Old 5 Feb 2007, 00:59 (Ref:1833606)   #5
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Good stuff, guys! Here's an update of the list:
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 1.  Germany         Super Nova [with NZ]
 2.  New Zealand     Super Nova [with Germany]
 3.  China           Astromega           
 4.  Netherlands     Jan Lammers Racing     
 5.  Czech Republic  Charouz Racing [also Brazil, I think]
 6.  Malaysia        Team Malaysia's own, I think
 7.  Switzerland     ? [Max Welti's involved]
 8.  USA             West Surrey Racing
 9.  France          DAMS
10.  Great Britain   Team GBR's own [link with Canada]
11.  Brazil          Charouz Racing [also Czech Republic, I think]
12.  Italy           Ghinzani Racing
13.  Indonesia       ?
14.  Australia       Alan Docking Racing
15.  Mexico          Piers Masarati Racing
16.  India           Arena Motorsport
17.  Lebanon         Carlin Motorsport
18.  Ireland         Team Ireland's own
19.  Pakistan        Performance Racing Europe
20.  South Africa    ? [Mike Carroll's in charge]
21.  Canada          John Village Racing [link with GBR]
22.  Singapore       West Surrey Racing
Only three to go now!
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All the team info is listed here by the way:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006-07...nd_Prix_season

And from what I've heard DAMs chief A1 engineer has moved to engineer for NZ/Germany. Interesting affect that has had on the results; Lapierre hasn't come close to his pace from last year. Conversely, NZ with basically the same drivers, has been far more successful since they teamed up with Supernova.

So. When's team GB going to pay ART/ASM to engineer for them?
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Old 5 Feb 2007, 01:45 (Ref:1833621)   #7
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Excellent link. I guess that answers the original question completely!

Chris Gorne is the guy who engineered Team France last year and has moved across to Super Nova Racing, but he's actually looking after NZ. Another guy called Rob Cresswell is looking after Germany. Of course they pool information, but I reckon Hülkenberg is a bit special.

France has been strange this year. Lapierre never looked like repeating last year's triumphs, but things have been better since Loic Duval took over.

To be honest, I don't think there's anything wrong with GBR's engineer, James Robinson. He's very highly regarded, ex-F1 and engineered Mike Conway to win British F3 and the Macau F3 Grand Prix this year.

It's quite difficult for him. Kerr has a style that's different from most drivers, including Jarvis and the nearly forgotten Manning. I haven't heard Kerr complain about set-up much this year, as he did last year. If you're missing half a front wing or have a slow puncture, there's no magic an engineer can do to make it better!
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Old 5 Feb 2007, 08:59 (Ref:1833730)   #8
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Malaysia and indonesia run by CMS (ran the factory Le Mans MG's)
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Old 5 Feb 2007, 20:15 (Ref:1834173)   #9
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Wow. Once again I'm set wondering why the hell Conway hasn't raced for Team GB.
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Thanks guys, very interesting. Also interesting to hear about Mr Gorne engineering the Kiwi car now, it would seem that he is a very clever man indeed!
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this is the problem with A1 , and make no mistake I like the concept of A1 and in greneral everything A1 has done . but I think this topic is killing the sport and will limit its growth . Team sharing should be banned flat out its a canser that is hurting A1 , a class which boost its eveness clearly under the surface its all lies . each team should be independant to itself . I also think it should be put in place that teams must be ran by the countrymen of origin. How can for exmaple team Lebanon be team Lebanon when is staffed and ran by English (Calin Motorsport ) it can not !!!!


I like the concept of A1 by it has major fawls in this case
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At this developmental stage of A1, its hard for non motorsport countries to source team from countries such as China, Lebanon, Pakistan and so on.

I do agree that everyone looking after there own teams is the ideal situation but its not a something attainable yet. Eg. Even at the moment Team Aus mechanics and that are mostly English
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At this developmental stage of A1, its hard for non motorsport countries to source team from countries such as China, Lebanon, Pakistan and so on.

I do agree that everyone looking after there own teams is the ideal situation but its not a something attainable yet.
Agree

British Super Nova team running Team Germany. The Germans must be ashamed.
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Wow. Once again I'm set wondering why the hell Conway hasn't raced for Team GB.
You and me both! He wasn't even invited to test pre-season.
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I also think it should be put in place that teams must be ran by the countrymen of origin. How can for exmaple team Lebanon be team Lebanon when is staffed and ran by English (Calin Motorsport ) it can not !!!!
Agreed, but as someone else said you can't just force those smaller teams from developing motorsport nations to set up shop all by themselves. Some teams (e.g. China, Malaysia) are taking big steps to having a minimum %age of their crew from their respective nations, and that can only be a good thing.
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