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GP Week : Issue 31
> F1NEWS> Malaysia heads early A1 standings APPALLING weather conditions made what was always going to be a tough opening A1GP weekend all the more difficult for the teams and drivers in the championship. With major build delays meaning that the first scheduled round at Mugello had been cancelled, there were still a number of teams who did not have a car in Holland, and for those who did have a car, spare parts were at a minimum. Despite the problems, two exciting races took place in the never-ending rain. The sprint race was taken by Team Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy who had fought up through the conditions, pulling off some great moves to take a hard and well- deserved win. He was followed across the line by teenage sensation Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Loic Duval (France). It was the Frenchman who rose above the insanity of the feature race to take victory in the late race, followed by Fauzy and Bamber. Only seven cars finished the race after numerous safety car periods, with Team Monaco and Team Korea scoring points in their first ever A1GP outings. The championship standings after the first round sees Malaysia and France level on 22 points, with Malaysia taking first place due to better results over the first weekend. Team New Zealand are third on 18, with Holland fourth on 11, Australia fifth on 8 and Monaco sixth on 5 points. 10