Taylor’s Tour…..

Henry Taylor\'s day job is running a mortgage broking business in Eastbourne on the south coast of England. When not at the office, he loves taking part in the Seat Cupra Championship

Round six of the A1 Grand Prix world championship took place last weekend at the Dubai Autodrome. For the past few races France has been dominating the series by taking eight straight wins. After a hard fought qualifying session, Neel Jani of Switzerland took pole position from France by more than half a second. Switzerland looked like it was going to be the first team to stop France’s eight-race reign. Team Brazil was not so lucky, and due to a technical infringement was put to the back of the grid for the first race. As the lights turned green for the sprint race, it was Team Switzerland that made the best start, storming into the lead to win by more than eight seconds. It was great to see a different name on top of the podium.

As Team Switzerland had won the sprint race, it took pole position for the feature race. Team France was in seventh after a poor first race. Was this the turning point for Team France? Was it starting to crack?

After a good start, Team Switzerland gained a comfortable lead. But after an accident blocked part of the circuit, the safety car was deployed and all the opportunist teams made their compulsory pit stop. Unfortunately, Team Switzerland missed the pit window and had to pit at the end of the next lap, so dropped from first to almost last place.

After a great piece of driving from Robbie Kerr for Team GBR, he managed to gain first position at the restart. But France pounced and pocketed their ninth win of the season.