Erstwhile World Series by Renault contender Guillaume Moreau has been selected by A1 Team France to be a part of its driver line-up for the 2008-09 'World Cup of Motorsport'.
While Loic Duval is expected to carry out the majority of driving in races - and opened the fourth A1GP season by winning the sprint event at Zandvoort last weekend - Moreau, who dovetailed a successful sportscar campaign with his part season in the WSbR, has been added to the 'development' squad alongside Nicolas Prost, son of four-time F1 world champion Alain.
“I met Guillaume this year in the Le Mans Series, where he did a great job in winning the GT1 title," A1 Team France sporting director - and former F1 racewinner - Olivier Panis noted, "His single-seater talent, combined with his experience in endurance, should be a bonus for A1 Team France.
"He knows Loïc Duval well as they were team-mates in Formula Renault and F3, and I'm sure that, together with the help of Nicolas Prost, A1 Team France has an excellent line-up of drivers who complement one another. We're happy to welcome him to the team and we'll do all we can to enable him to proudly fly the French colours.”
Moreau admits that he is delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the national team, with the opportunity to pit his wits head-to-head with rivals of a different kind.
“I've always been interested by the idea of a battle between nations," he explained, "I see football from a different point of view when the French team is playing, and A1GP proposes a really innovative concept for motorsport. I'm proud to carry the French colours.
“I feel honoured to have been chosen by the team management, who had a wide selection to pick from when they were deciding on the other drivers. Even if my programme is not yet fully defined, I'll do everything I can to help the team reconquer the title they won in the first season. For me, it's a great opportunity after a rather disappointing season in the Formula Renault World Series.”
Moreau is expected to carry out the team's rookie role alongside Prost as his race experience elsewhere does not conflict with the series' latest rules prohibiting drivers from further up the racing ladder from taking opportunities aimed at younger talent.