New Zealand have caused a stir ahead of the latest A1 Grand Prix round in Durban by taking a gamble in welcoming back Matt Halliday for racing duties in place of Jonny Reid.

On the evidence of recent form alone, it appears something of a curious decision considering Reid has scored seven podiums in ten races this season, six of those occurring in the last six races.

It is pace that has moved New Zealand up to second in the standings, but for Durban the 'Black Beauty' Lola will be driven by Halliday, who competed for the team at the South African street circuit last year.

Claiming a sixth and fourth place finish on that occasion, New Zealand's chairman Colin Giltrap cites Halliday's experience on trickier street circuits as potentially giving them a crucial upper hand on Germany's Nico Hulkenberg, who by contrast will be experiencing the waterfront track for the first time.

"Matt drove in South Africa last season, scoring an impressive fourth place in the feature race, and he's had more experience than Jonny in the unique demands of street circuit racing," Giltrap said.

"Matt hasn't been in the car since the last street race in Beijing back in Round Three, but he's been superb in supporting Jonny and the team and deserves this opportunity."



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