A1 Team Brazil will welcome another youngster onboard for the seventh round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend at Eastern Creek as teenager Luiz Razia comes in as back-up to regular driver Tuka Rocha.

Rocha will head up the team this weekend after spending the last week in Sydney, continuing his recovery from a hairline fracture that he sustained to his left leg. It will be his return to the cockpit from his last race in December at the Sentul round in Indonesia and will be the final race in which he will be eligible to take part in the rookie practice session, with Team Brazil putting him on track in all the available sessions to maximise his track time.

"I am looking forward to the race this weekend and getting back in the car," he said. "I'm really motivated as I know we can develop the car during the weekend. I was here in Eastern Creek last year as reserve driver, but I didn't drive the car.

"It's important for me to be able to do the rookie sessions this weekend, because of the situation with my leg, I need to be able to feel what I can do and make sure we don't need to set up anything special, and this gives us extra time to do this. It's also always a benefit if you can do the rookie sessions because it gives you a slight advantage over some of the other drivers, who are not eligible for the session. It will be nice to have Luiz join the team this weekend. He will be able to learn about the team and the people so he can start working with us."

Reserve driver Razia started out in karts just three years ago, before embarking on a career in the Brazilian Formula Renault and South American Formula Three Championships. In his debut year of the SudAm F3 he notched up two wins and four further podiums. In his sophomore year in 2006, he won the championship outright with seven victories and four podiums in 16 races. In 2006 the young Brazilian also embarked on a part-season of F3000 International Masters, instantly impressing with three wins from three outings in treacherous weather conditions. His results were rewarded in the winter of 2006 with a GP2 series test.

"I'm really happy to be joining A1 Team Brazil," he said. "It's a very good opportunity for me as a racing driver, and I want to make the most of it. I've met some of the team already and am really looking forward to experiencing the whole race weekend and working together with Emerson Fittipaldi."

 

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