Following an encouraging, if disappointing, debut at Sentul, Alan van der Merwe is to be retained as A1 Team South Africa nominated driver for its first trip to New Zealand and the Taupo circuit.

Although he failed to score in either event, the 2003 British Formula Three champion and Honda F1 development driver showed his mettle by qualifying seventh for the sprint race and running as high as third in the feature race before falling foul to mechanical problems.

Nonetheless, despite coming away with no points, van der Merwe has done enough to impress the team to merit giving him another outing for rounds eleven and twelve of the series and he is determined to deliver what he promised in Indonesia.

"It was not the race weekend result I was hoping for," said Van der Merwe "but it was my first race in nearly two years and I thoroughly enjoying being back in the hot seat. The A1GP car is great to drive and one has a lot of confidence knowing that last season's championship-winning technical team DAMS.

"My objective is to keep improving with each race, so I'm looking forward to this weekend's races in New Zealand. I'll be doing my very best to score championship points and repay A1 Team South Africa for having faith in me and giving me this great opportunity."



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