Tomas Enge has been given a late call-up in the Czech team as the A1GP season prepares to resume racing in New Zealand after Jarek Janis was forced out of the meeting on medical grounds.

Janis was due to compete in the event at Taupo but was taken ill in Dubai where he was due to compete in the annual 24 hour race - and was ordered by doctors to rest and relax.

As a result, Enge, who was preparing for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, will take up the drive and said he was looking forward to being part of A1GP's first trip to New Zealand.

"I was training for the Daytona 24 hours and the whole season when I got the news that I would drive in the New Zealand," he said. "It is a change to my plan but it is wonderful country and I am happy to be here.

"The track is interesting, the layout reminds classics tracks and it is something different to state-of-the-art tracks. Some corners are similar to those in the New Zealand rally - one banked corner follows another. We will see what grip the track offers and how it will evolve during the course of the weekend. Possibly only local drivers know the track, so it will be new for all and everyone will start from scratch.

"Weather can play a role as well, it was raining on Tuesday and yesterday we saw quick changes of clouds and sun."

Seat holder Antonin Charouz admitted that it was disappointing to have lost the services of Janis for the weekend but added that Enge was the perfect replacement.

"We had wanted to race with Jarek this weekend but we had to change our plans after his health problems in Dubai," he said. "We were thinking about both Tomas and Jan, both have been preparing for Daytona. We have picked up Tomas for his bigger experience although we will not be able to participate in the rookie session as a result."

 

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