A1GP: 2008-2009

Motor Sport News - - Interview: Watts Retires -

Re­sults: 2008/09 (10th) After two years of dip­ping in and out of For­mula 3 and Porsche rac­ing, things be­gan to so­lid­ify for Watts again when he landed a full-time ride in the Porsche Su­per­cup and also a cam­paign in A1GP.

“It was ac­tu­ally a huge priv­i­lege to get to drive the Team GB A1 car,” says Watts. “Motorsport isn’t like foot­ball or ath­let­ics in that rac­ing for your coun­try didn’t re­ally ex­ist, un­til A1GP came along. I did a lot of the de­vel­op­ment work on the bio-ethanol fuel the series used, both my­self and Jonny Kane just pounded around Snet­ter­ton for hun­dreds of laps test­ing it. Then I got made a re­serve driver for Oliver Jarvis for the 2007-’08 season and did a prac­tice ses­sion in his place at Zuhai in China and did enough to get pro­moted to race driver for the next season.

“By far the best week­end was at Chengdu in China where I qual­i­fied on pole and took two podi­ums.

“Those Fer­rari cars were bril­liant to drive, and based on the 2004 F1 chas­sis. They had loads of grunt and ac­tu­ally lacked a bit of down­force, which meant you could fol­low other cars and not be pun­ished for it. They moved about quite a lot too, which made them a nice chal­lenge.

“I was also do­ing Porsche Su­per­cup along­side A1GP and I was nowhere near fit enough for the A1 cars. I re­mem­ber I couldn’t hold my head up after China be­cause of the forces as I was used to the Porsche.

“My son was due to be born around the date of the penul­ti­mate race week­end so I dropped out as I couldn’t af­ford to be away for that and that was the end of my time there.”

Watts han­dled the Team GB machine

A1GP stint was short but sweet for Watts

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