Team Netherlands is chasing a repeat of its Durban display from 2006 when the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport returns to the South African city this weekend for the eighth round of the season.

The team threw away an almost certain second place in the sprint event during the inaugural Durban race weekend before Jos Verstappen took a dramatic win in the feature last time around to give the Dutch team its first A1GP win. Jeroen Bleekemolen then added to the teams prowess on street circuits, with a win in Beijing earlier this season.

Bleekemolem will once again be at the wheel this coming weekend as he looks to lift the Dutch up the standings from its current position of seventh, with fourth placed Great Britain just two points further ahead, and he said he was travelling to Durban with just one thing in mind.

"I have gotten on the plane to win here," he said. "With a second or third place I will also be happy, but I really do come here to clinch victory. This is a race where we do have a very real chance of winning. Last year we won here with a car that might not have been the fastest one, but we were fast and in Beijing we have shown that we were the fastest outright, all through the weekend. This track is similar. We have to be running in front here."

Rookie Renger van der Zande also wants to finish upfront in his session tomorrow and admitted that he was looking forward to running on the street circuit, his weekend in Beijing having been hit by the well documented track issues.

"I am very much looking forward to this," he said. "I have just had a look at the track and it is looking good and well organized. We should be able to get a lot more driving done here compared to the last street race in Beijing. I think it will be fun. As far as driving is concerned, a street circuit always is a bit of a lottery, you never know what might happen next.

"I do think that I will be able to do my thing and get a good performance. I finished third twice already, now I want to finish on top."

 

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