Nur Ali is hoping his experience of racing on similar circuits in America will be a boon to Team Pakistan as A1GP arrives in Sepang this weekend.

The series' Malaysian adventure - the second of three consecutive Far Eastern instalments on the 2006/07 calendar - will mark the fourth opportunity for the squad to get its season off the mark after failing to score in the opening three rounds.

The track is also home to the Malaysian Grand Prix, and with its combination of challenging, sweeping corners, long high-speed straights and tight, twisty complexes the 32-year-old is hopeful of pushing Team Pakistan further up the grid.

"I'm a big Formula One fan as well as a race car driver," the former Infiniti Pro Series ace admitted, "so it's very exciting to be driving at a circuit that is also a Formula One destination. I haven't seen the track for myself yet, so I can only comment from seeing it on TV and I reckon it'll be quite challenging but also very enjoyable, with plenty of variety to test my racecraft skills."

"I think Sepang is a big test for our team," added A1 Team Pakistan chairman Arif Husain, "as it is quite a demanding circuit which challenges drivers much more experienced than Nur.

"We'll be realistic in our goals for his weekend, but of utmost importance is that we are competing in this international motor racing series, working hard for the pride of our country and demonstrating to our fellow countrymen that we have the ambition and commitment to perform at the highest level on a global stage."



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