Team Singapore was missing from the entry list for this weekend's fifth A1 Grand Prix round, leaving 21 countries to contest the double-header at Sentul in Indonesia.

Singapore?EUR(TM)s main driver, Christian Murchison aggravated an existing back injury during a training session last week and has been advised not to race this weekend by his doctor. With Team Singapore unable to find a reserve at short notice, the distinctive red-and-gold car will not be running this weekend.

Elsewhere, the confirmed entry list contains few surprises, and is headed by current points leader Germany, which will continue with Nico Hulkenberg, and Canada, which took a shock win at Sentul last year. The Canadian squad returns with 2005 victor Sean McIntosh getting the nod to race over James Hinchcliffe. Germany has included Marco Holzer, 2005 FBMW world champion and recent F1 test driver, to its list.

Contrary to expectation, China has only lodged an entry for new Recaro Cup F3 champion Ho-Pin Tung. The Dutch-Chinese driver had been expected to contest the 'rookie' sessions on Friday before deferring to FRenault frontrunner, and now A1 regular, Franky Cheng, but the latter is missing from the list of confirmed drivers.

Finally, Alan van der Merwe returns to the South African fold, partnering the less experienced Gavin Cronje, and Jaroslav Janis takes over from Tomas Enge for the Czech Republic. The 'home' team is represented by Ananda Mikola and Moreno Soeprapto.

The full list of drivers for Sentul is as follows:

Australia Karl Reindler* Ryan BriscoeBrazil Tuka Rocha* Raphael MatosCanada Sean McIntosh James Hinchcliffe*China Ho-Pin Tung* Czech Republic Jaroslav Janis* France Nicolas Lapierre Loic Duval*Germany Nico Hulkenberg Marco Holzer*Great Britain Oliver Jarvis* Robbie KerrIndia Armaan Ebrahim Parthiva Sureshwaren*Indonesia Ananda Mikola Moreno Soeprapto*Ireland Richard Lyons* Michael Devaney John O?EUR(TM)HaraItaly Enrico Toccacelo Michele Rugolo*Lebanon Alex Khateeb* Basil Shaaban Khalil BeschirMalaysia Alex Yoong Fairuz Fauzy*Mexico Salvador Duran Sergio Perez*Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen Renger van der Zande*New Zealand Jonny Reid Chris van der Drift*Pakistan Nur Ali* South Africa Alan van der Merwe* Gavin CronjeSwitzerland Neel Jani Sebastien Buemi*USA Philip Giebler

* denotes drivers eligible to participate in 'rookie' practice session

 

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