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Old 14 Apr 2009, 16:49 (Ref:2440606)   #1
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A makeshift A1 Team GBR indeed!

Autosport described the British team that took to the track at Algarve as "makeshift" and, through some pictorial investigative work, I have come to the conclusion that this was very accurate.

In all the pictures of the weekend, I could find only 1 picture in which a pit crew man in an A1 Team GBR uniform was present - http://teams.a1gp-photo.com/gbr/view...e.asp?id=26794 the man at the front of the car wheeling it into the garage. Now, it could be that some GBR staff stayed on and weren't photographed, but I have a feeling most of them have gone, replaced by a smattering of engineers and mechanics from up and down the pits.

I read on the official A1GP Fanzone that the German crew was running the GBR car, and I did some more snooping. I found this - http://teams.a1gp-photo.com/gbr/view...e.asp?id=27171 - the man Dan is talking to works for the German team, as seen here - http://a1gp-photo.com/viewpicture.asp?id=23939. So while it may or may not have been run by the whole German crew, it definitely had some involvement from the German team.

Then comes the interesting part - going back to this picture http://teams.a1gp-photo.com/gbr/view...e.asp?id=27171, if you view it in high res, you can see that the collar of Dan's overalls says "A1..." and then something is taped over with black tape. Seemingly, they are a pair of Adam Khan's overalls (they look Pakistani), replacing the GBR overalls that Dan wore in Taupo - http://teams.a1gp-photo.com/gbr/view...e.asp?id=24962. Perhaps his Taupo overalls didn't fit too well, or maybe A1GP isn't letting anyone from the team wear A1 Team GBR gear now.

Take what you will from this long and crazy topic but it does seem that GBR have very few staff now, as expected after administration.
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Old 14 Apr 2009, 18:30 (Ref:2440690)   #2
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It was the A1GP crew who normally run the test cars/ John Watson car!
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Old 14 Apr 2009, 18:43 (Ref:2440695)   #3
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That actually ties in with the German crew because I read in an interview with Rolf Beisswanger, German team boss (translated from German), that half of the German crew is made up of "English guys who have experience of the car" - so I guess some of the German mechanics are those who run the test car, and they shared with GBR at the weekend?

Well if it was the test team mechanics running GBR, then they weren't very "makeshift" as those guys know the car well I should think .
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Old 14 Apr 2009, 21:23 (Ref:2440820)   #4
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Is there something political about the team GB driver wearing the Pakistani team colours with whats going on in the UK at the moment? Perhaps this is a different subject not related to motorsport........
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Old 14 Apr 2009, 21:25 (Ref:2440822)   #5
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I think maybe they just looked around for overalls and Adam Khan's empty overalls were sitting around, as he was doing stupid donuts in the desert in his Renault ones .
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Old 14 Apr 2009, 21:44 (Ref:2440845)   #6
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It was mean't tongue in cheek.
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Old 14 Apr 2009, 22:13 (Ref:2440866)   #7
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Yes and I was using it as an oppurtunity to bash Adam Khan, my favourite topic of insults at the moment...
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I think his father Ian was a better peddler I remember him driving a Lola T88/50 in the British F3000 finale round at Brands in 1989 and he acquitted himself well.
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I think his father Ian was a better peddler I remember him driving a Lola T88/50 in the British F3000 finale round at Brands in 1989 and he acquitted himself well.

If you are refering to Adams father his name is Kane, not Ian
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If you are refering to Adams father his name is Kane, not Ian
I thought he was the son of Ian Khan the racer from the 80's! Thanks for correcting me i've been mis-informed along the line.
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How strange... Is John Surtees' involvement in Formula Two (via his son) related to all this???
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 22:24 (Ref:2441794)   #12
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Surtees quit on Team GBR before season 3... so probably not (although they could have had very bad financial problems in season 3 too and hidden them).
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The GBR team at Brands Hatch, happily, seemed to be mostly genuine Team GBR staff.

http://teams.a1gp-photo.com/gbr/view...e.asp?id=28220

Four of the five mechanics from their website are in the picture, along with an extra one on the far right who I don't know. Also pictured are tech director Paul Bellringer and race engineer James Goodfield

Then there are the two guys in the GBR shirts, one of which seems to be John Wickham (A1GP General Manager, Technical & Operations) and the other one looking official too. They are probably carried over from Algarve when there was test team involvement with the GBR car.

In our pit-stops one or two German mechanics helped out, but it was good to see many of GBR's old faces were around.
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If anyone knows the guy second from right (brown hair, sunglasses) in the GBR shirt, it would be good to know.
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Old 7 May 2009, 19:34 (Ref:2457460)   #15
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This is the guy I mean - maybe he works for A1GP's test team, or for the German team, but was a British staff member for a day?
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