Having scored points for the first time last time out at Taupo thanks to F1 ace Narain Karthikeyan, A1 Team India will welcome a new driver into the fold at Eastern Creek with the announcement that Parthiva Sureshwaren is to make his race debut for the team.

Sureshwaren, who made his A1GP debut with the team in the rookie session in Indonesia earlier in the season, will complete the entire race weekend for the team, with Karthikeyan unable to attend the Australian round due to his F1 commitments.

Sureshwaren was Indian National Karting Champion in 1998 and then went on to compete in the Indian National Formula Maruti Championship and British Formula Ford Winter Series.

Having gone on to finish as runner-up in the Formula Asia Championship and and also compete in the British F3 Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series and World Series by Renault, Sureshwaren said he was thrilled at the prospect of racing in A1GP for the first time.

"I'm really excited to be racing for India in Australia," he said. "A1GP is a great championship and it's an honour to be able to represent my country. I took part in the Rookie Session in Indonesia and worked really well with the team, so I'm feeling positive that we can have a good result in Sydney. Narian called me earlier this week to wish me good luck and to pass on a few tips about racing in A1GP, so I hope this will help me bring success to A1 Team India."

A1 Team India seatholder, Yohann Setna said it was important for the team to try and continue the form displayed last time out in New Zealand, and said he was confident that his new driver can get the job done.

"The whole team is still on a high after scoring our first points at the last race in New Zealand, but we are focused on carrying this positive momentum into this weekend," he said. "Narain did a great job for us, and provided the team with some good feedback on the car which we can capitalise on here.

"Parthiva impressed the team with a solid performance after just a few laps in the car in Indonesia, and I'm confident that he will be able to progress further in Australia."



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