Loic Duval says he is eager to add to his current tally of three podium finishes as A1 Team France heads to South Africa for the eighth round of the season this weekend.

The French currently lie third in the championship standings behind Germany and New Zealand going into the weekend, with Duval hoping to overturn the five point advantage currently held by the second placed Kiwis.

Duval comes into the weekend on the back of a busy time testing in Japan and said he was now looking forward to learning the Durban circuit and trying to repeat the victory secured by Alex Premat last season.

"I'm just back from two GT test sessions in Okayama last week and Suzuka this week and will be landing on Thursday morning in South Africa with no idea of what to exactly expect before I walk around the track with my engineers," he said. "Up to this point, I have only seen a print of the track's layout and the data gathered by the team last year.

"I always love learning a new track and I can't wait to get to grips with the first corner of this street circuit - it looks very tight. I can't wait to fight for my fourth podium of the season and hopefully match Alexandre Premat's result from last year and win on this track."

Team manager Eric Boullier added that the French were hoping to make the most of the experience gleaned last season to try and take a first win of the year.

"A1 Team France are arriving in South Africa with plenty of valuable experience from last year," he said. "Street racing is always challenging and here the first corner promises to be very exciting. Good data about the track will be a positive asset for the team. A street race is not easy to organise, but the South African authorities seems to have discovered the secret and put on a magnificent event last year."

 

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