The series has announced a new multi-year sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola. It has also introduced a new style of ‘knock-out’ qualifying for road races. Cars will be divided into two groups, with the fastest six from each progressing to the next round. The quickest half dozen from round two will then take part in a ‘Fast Six Shoot-out’.
Team 48 Motorsports, run by three ex-England footballers, withdrew from the first two rounds at Brands Hatch and Rockingham due to the late arrival of its Alfa Romeo 156s. Fabrizio Giovanardi won the first two races at Brands, and Colin Turkington the third by just 0.882 seconds from Mat Jackson. Gordon Shedden and Jackson won the first and second races at Rockingham. Matt Neal ended a 13-month winless streak in the third.
Cristiano da Matta drove a racing car for the first time since his life-threatening accident at Elkhart Lake in 2006 when he tested the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Grand-Am at Eagles Canyon.
London’s Regent Street was due to be turned into an A1GP grid on April 27 prior to the Brands Hatch race on May 5.
Jimmie Johnson won for the first time this year at Phoenix International Raceway. Denny Hamlin scored his first and Toyota’s second win at Martinsville Speedway. Scott Speed will compete in the Craftsman Truck Series with Bill Davis Racing.
James Toseland came sixth at Jerez despite suffering from bronchitis. The British rider thanked the Mobile Clinic for “pumping everything into him”.
Christijan Albers will return to the series with the Futurecom TME Audi Team. Mattias Ekstrom led an Audi 1-2-3 in the opening round at Hockenheim.
Round two at St Petersburg was won by the Audi R10 of Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner, beating the Penske Porsche Spyder RS of Romain Dumas.
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Victory in the feature race at Bahrain gave Romain Grosjean the title.