A1 Team Great Britain has revealed that Danny Watts will make his race debut in A1GP during the team's first race event of the Powered by Ferrari era at the Chengdu circuit in China.
Watts will be joined by James Winslow for the second round of the 2008/09 season, with the newly crowned Australian F3 Champion taking up the role of reserve driver once again for the weekend.
Watts is no stranger to A1GP, having tested both the previous Lola-Zytek car and the new Powered by Ferrari car during its development process. Having taken part in rookie sessions for the team at Zhuhai back in December last year, the 28-year-old will make his race debut in the team's first event with the new car and he said he was honoured to have been given the call.
“It's a great privilege and honour to be asked to drive for A1 Team GBR, having represented the team once before in Zhuhai last season,” he said. “I've had the experience of driving both A1GP cars, and the new Powered by Ferrari car is certainly a big step up in all areas. There will be more for me and the team to learn technically. So it will definitely be a challenge and a big weekend for Britain, particularly having missed the first round.
“The biggest goal will be to score as many points as possible in Chengdu in order to get GBR's Championship battle underway as we cannot drop any races for the rest of the year.”
Team principal Katie Clements said she couldn't wait for the team to hit the track in China after being forced to sit out the season opener at Zandvoort due to build delays with the new car; adding that she was confident of a solid weekend with Watts at the wheel.
“After the very disappointing, yet unavoidable, car build schedule delays which prevented us from competing in Zandvoort, I am delighted that we will finally be in action with the new car next week,” she said. “Despite missing a round, we are keen to make an impact in China and prove that we are championship contenders in what I am sure will be the most competitive season yet.
“With Danny's impressive racing background and his experience with the new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car, we are looking forward to a fruitful first race weekend of our campaign.”