A1 Team Australia's driver merry-go-round will swing back in favour of Karl Reindler for the sixth meeting of the season at Taupo after Ryan Briscoe was sidelined by prior commitments.

Currently, 12th in the standings, Australia have endured a mixed start to the season, with both Briscoe and Reindler struggling in qualifying, only to often see their pit strategy in the feature races pay off significantly, not least at Zandvoort where Briscoe finished third from 13th on the grid and Reindler secured another third place from 12th on the grid in Beijing.

However, with Briscoe chasing racing opportunities in the United States, team boss Alan Jones has hinted that he may not return, giving Reindler the possible opportunity to see the season out.

"The great thing about A1GP is that it gives young up-and-coming drivers the chance to compete on a global scale and really hone their skills - Ryan is a great example of this. We are now happy to offer the same opportunity to Karl Reindler who has proven he is capable of competing against the best national teams out there.

"Ryan was a great attribute to A1 Team Australia and we will of course be sorry to see him go, but we wish him all the best with any opportunity to improve his personal career," said Jones.

Still classed as a rookie, Taupo will the be the final chance for Reindler to make the most of the specially designated practice sessions with Jones hoping the new circuit will allow Australian Formula Three driver to gain an upper hand over his rivals early on.

"The Taupo circuit is new to all drivers, so our plan is to give Karl the most track-time possible to best prepare for the race. Because Karl still classifies as a Rookie, he will be able to race for A1 Team Australia throughout the Rookie and Practice sessions and stay in the drivers-seat for the Sprint and Feature Races on Sunday. We hope that this extra familiarity with the track and the car will give us an edge over other nations.

"Having secured a podium finish in Beijing, Karl has already had a taste of success and we believe he is more than ready to lead the team, hopefully to our maiden victory in the World Cup of Motorsport."

 

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