Karthikeyan finishes 7th at Taupo A1 Grand Prix

Updated: 25 January 2009 11:07 IST

Ace driver Narain Karthikeyan clocked 06:39.789 to power a Team India to a seventh-place finish in the Feature Race of the A1 Grand Prix's fourth leg.

Karthikeyan finishes 7th at Taupo A1 Grand Prix

Taupo:

Ace driver Narain Karthikeyan clocked 06:39.789 to power a sponsor-less Team India to a seventh-place finish in the Feature Race of the A1 Grand Prix's fourth leg on Sunday.

Karthikeyan completed 50 laps to finish the race at the Taupo Motorsport Park here.

India figures at the 14th position of the championship tally with five points in their kitty.

Ireland retained the championship lead with it's second place finish in today's race and 65 points.

Earlier, Karthikeyan clocked 1:16.836 seconds at free practice session ahead of the main event on Friday.

Meanwhile, reigning champion Team Switzerland's Neel Jani set the track ablaze to finish the race in 06:19.574 seconds, giving his team second win of the season.

Neel Jani got ahead of pole-sitter, Team Ireland's Adam Carroll, in a crucial moment in the second round of pit stops, when he was slightly slower in getting away than Jani's Swiss machine.

Team Portugal set the fastest lap of the Feature race with 159.6 kph on the 30th lap.

Team India finished ninth in the sprint race which didn't fetch them any points. Karthikeyan clocked 20:01.244 in the race won by Team Ireland, which recorded a timing of 19:40.271.

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