A1 Grand Prix (A1GP) was a “single-make” open-wheel auto racing series that ran from 2005 until 2009. It was unique in its field in that competitors solely represented their nation as opposed to themselves or a team, the usual format in most formula racing series. As such, it was often promoted as the “World Cup of Motorsport”. The A1GP formula provided a single “spec” car for each team. Each car was mechanically identical, built with many technical restrictions designed to limit performance, reduce running costs, and prevent any one or number of teams gaining an advantage through better equipment. The Lola B05/52 was the spec car used by the series from the 2005–06 season to the 2007–08 season. It was powered by V8 4300 cc Zytek engines, and ran on Cooper tyres. Unlike almost all other forms of auto racing, drivers did not score points individually; instead the points they earn were ascribed to their national team. This means that teams could change drivers between rounds, which was often necessary because some drivers had commitments in other formulae, and still accumulate points to their score.
The 2007–08 season was the fourth season of the series and final season that used the Lola-Zytek A1GP car. The season included ten round held from September 2007 till May 2008. Each round consisted of two races – short sprint race and longer main feature race. The feature race had a distance of 69 minutes plus one lap, while the sprint race was limited to 29 minutes plus one lap. 22 teams competed in the 2007–08 championship.
British financier Tony Clements was the national seat holder of the British A1GP team, and ran the corporate arm of the team until Round 5 of Season 4. From Round 6 onwards, the car was run by mechanics and engineers employed by the series itself, with pit-stops carried out by the German team. The driver’s seat in the 2007-08 season was shared between Oliver Jarvis and Robbie Kerr, driving the car in five rounds each. Jarvis won the feature race at Zandvoort and scored three more podiums, Kerr finished 1st and 2nd at Brands Hatch. For the third season running, Team Great Britain finished 3rd in the championship.
The scale models of A1GP cars of the 2007-08 season was issued by Amalgam Collection, representing a very brief excursion of the company specializing in the high-end segment of large scale models, into 1:43 world.
|2007-08||A1 Grand Prix|
|Oliver Jarvis / Robbie Kerr||A1 Team Great Britain|