After a fourth and fifth place finish in Taupo last time out, Jeroen Bleekemolen has his sights set on a podium finish as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Eastern Creek this weekend for the seventh round of the season.

The Team Netherlands driver currently lies tenth in the championship standings in his first season at the wheel and heads to Australia hoping to add to his current tally of 26 points and move up the order at a circuit where Jos Vertsappen ran strongly last season.

The former F1 racer secured seventh and fourth place finishes at the challenging circuit last year and that is a result that Bleekemolen will hope to not only match, but improve upon, this time around.

"After a good weekend in New Zealand I'm hoping that we can finish on the podium on this circuit," he said. "The track is somewhat resembling Taupo, so we should have a fairly good basis to start from. The track itself looks good, with a 265 kilometre per hour first corner and after that you also lift off. So, plenty of action!"

Renger van der Zande will take part in the rookie-only session on Friday and he said he was looking forward to taking to the track again in the A1GP machine.

"In between Taupo and this race I stayed on this part of the world together with the team," he said. "We did all sorts of things and I can say I am completely acclimatised now. Today I went for a walk on the track, which is certainly looking very cool.

"In New Zealand I had a good rookie session and with the car setup here are in the right direction I think. That will provide confidence for Friday, I am looking forward to it."



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