|In only his first year of touring cars, Sharp revelled in the torrential rain of Race One and took the lead from pole sitter Alex Zanardi after four laps. Race Two saw Sharp start from eighth and skilfully handle the tricky conditions to claim his second victory and the title.
The Nations Cup - presented for the first time by the FIA to the national sporting authority with the two highest-scoring cars entered by its members - was awarded to the MSA due to Sharp`s single-handed performance.
"This was a superb performance by Ryan," said Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive. "The classification of the Nations Cup takes into consideration the best two drivers of a particular national sporting authority; Ryan was the MSA`s sole representative and his domination of the event rewarded us with the FIA`s inaugural title."
Release MSA06-053: 25 October 2006
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