A1 Team Ireland have scored a coup in its attempts to improve their standing in the A1 Grand Prix Championship after signing former Jordan Grand Prix technical director Gary Anderson to take over engineering duties till the end of the season.

The latest in a raft of changes that have given Team Ireland a new look in recent races, Anderson has been lured to A1 GP in order to help them improve on what has been a disappointing season thus far for the team, their best result currently a tenth place in Sepang.

Bringing with him experience from working as the Jordan technical director from 1990 to 1998, as well as stints before that with Brabham, McLaren and Ensign, Anderson is expected to bring significant changes to the squad in a bid to propel them back up the grid.

His introduction comes following the decision to enlist the driving services of Richard Lyons at Sentul, the former Formula Nippon Champion retaining his seat for the next round at Taupo. He in particular is delighted to be joining forces with Anderson once again having worked with him during his time racing in Japan.

"I am happy to have been confirmed with the team and to be working with Gary Anderson because he has tremendous experience and understanding of how to make a race car competitive," he said.

"Obviously this will be Gary's first time working with the team and an A1GP car, but I have worked with him before when I was racing in Japan and that went well. We have a lot to do in order to catch up with the performance of the leading teams, but we are determined to bring a fresh approach and help Team Ireland score successes during the second part of the A1GP season."

Team owner Mark Kershaw, who worked with Anderson during his Formula Three days, is also delighted to be welcoming him on board, claiming it represents Team Ireland's determination to improve their results.

"It is an important step for the team to have someone of Gary's experience on board and it's also an indication of our determination to turn Team Ireland's season around.

"The fact that he and Richard have worked together before is obviously important, and although we do not expect a single weekend to change our fortunes I know they will be trying some new solutions in their efforts to make the team competitive."



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