New Changes To A1
Posted 03 September 2007 - 08:04 PM
Qualifying is revamped
In a complete shake-up, qualifying has been adapted to ensure every A1GP nation has a fair attempt at securing a solid grid position for both the Sprint and Feature race. As in previous years qualifying consists of four 15-minute segments in which every team has a single flying lap to show the world what they are made of. However, A1GP has moved away from taking the aggregate of each team’s two fastest times and opted for a simpler method whereby each team’s fastest lap is used to form the grids.
The first two qualifying segments will take place to determine the classification of the Sprint race line-up while the final two qualifying segments will be fought for the Feature race grid.
This new and improved system means the grid for the Feature race is no longer related to the results of the Sprint race. Competitors can now fight aggressively in the Sprint race without fear of their Feature race grid position being in jeopardy. Furthermore, television viewers across the globe will be able to see, at a glance, where their nation will line up for the challenges that are A1GP races.
Mystery pit stop introduced
Teams and drivers will have an unknown quantity to deal with in preparation for the Feature race, in the form of a second mandatory pit stop.
In dramatic fashion that is sure to test man, team and machine, the window in which this new pit stop must be taken will only be revealed as the pit lane opens; half an hour before the lights turn green.
It still stands that the teams are also required to pit during laps eight and 16 of the race.
More point scoring positions
More points than ever are up for grabs in an A1GP race weekend as both the Sprint and Feature race will allocate points to the top ten finishers.
The victor of each race will take away 15 points, second place is worth 12 points, third place ten points, fourth place eight points, fifth place six points, sixth place five points and so on until the tenth placed team which will receive one point. A further point can be earned in each race by setting the fastest lap.
Consequently the maximum number of points a team can score in weekend is 32 (two lots of 15 points for race wins plus two points for the fastest lap in each race). The new system enables more teams to achieve point-scoring positions thus heightening the competition for the acclaimed World Cup of Motorsport trophy.
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 09:56 PM
Posted 27 June 2009 - 02:35 AM
Let me date back to 1997. I started my socalled business and she followed me without any reservation. That summer came very early and the flowers made a red city. We lived in a small suburb house, which was an illegal construction, with wind blowing through four sides into the house. That made our temporary home.
Just for saving money, we walked to our downtown store in the mooring, ate very simple lunch just worth 1.5 Yuan for each, and walked back home in the evening, thus we felt totally exhausted every day. We seemed to live through one whole year in such situation. (wow gold)
We tasted hardships and sorrows in those days.At that time, the business was my totem, while the love was her belief. These were all on which we could rely to go ahead.
One day, we walked home very late. She sat at the bed edge and washed her feet. I went to the landlord for boiled water to make instant noodles. When I came back with a thermos bottle, I found that she had fallen into a sound sleep. She kept a pose of being totally exhausted with her feet dunked in the basin. One of her arms was under her body, thus a light snore could be heard. I tiptoed to the bed with the intention of flipping her over to make her more comfortable. I gazed at her face, a young and pretty one which was filled with tiredness. On this pretty face, I found a mosquito.
That summer, the city was like a huge steamer box. We put off the time of buying a mosquito net one day after another just for saving money. I knew mosquitoes flew everywhere in our room, but it seemed nothing to me. So exhausted when lying on the bed, I doubted whether I would wake up even if someone cut a piece off my body, let alone mosquitoes bit me. (wotlk gold)
The mosquito lay on her forehead and sucked her blood greedily. She was sleeping like a baby and feeling nothing at all. Perhaps she was dreaming of our business turning better. There came a sudden throb in my heart. I reached my hands and waved, but the mosquito cared nothing about my threat. With the intention of patting it to death, I raised my hand high, but could not bear to pat down. I was afraid of waking her up -- because she was so worn out.
Between her and me, a puny mosquito was harming her at the moment. I stood there woodenly with my hand in the air. I fell into conflict and worry. Suddenly, I began to detest myself deeply. On that summer night, I stood there with an extremely guilty feeling for her and our love. After the mosquito flew away, I forgave it, but I could not forgive myself.
When I passed by a peddler‘s stall one day, I found a pink mosquito net priced at 16 Yuan. Many things could be done with the money at that time. Then I stayed up the whole night, waving a hardboard to keep mosquitoes from approaching her just like a guard. I acted as her temporary mosquito net. After a while, she woke up and gazed at me. Ten minutes later, tears flooded her face.
T he next day a pink mosquito net hung in my room. We just kept silent when hanging it on our bed. I gave it to her as a gift, but I did not tell her my intention. I felt it was like a full-blown rose which could be regarded as my compensation for the love. But I thought that nothing could really make it up. That day was also her birthday. (wow gold)
Still later, there was a period of time, I got or we got 160,000 Yuan. We bought a lot of things, but we never bought a mosquito net. We did not need mosquito net any more, because no mosquito could fly into our well-decorated room. However, I always feel that all my money and belongings are far less valuable than the 16-yuan mosquito net to her or to our love.
That summer was gone. We could do nothing but love each other.
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