Oliver Jarvis will spearhead A1 Team Great Britain's attack on round nine of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport next weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico.

The 23-year-old will make his second start for the British team having had his first taste of A1GP race action in round three last November, when he steered his car to a second place finish in the feature race in Beijing.

Jarvis, winner of the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship and runner-up in last season's British Formula Three Championship, joined A1 Team Great Britain last summer to fulfill rookie duties, taking part in the 'Rookie-Only' sessions on Friday mornings at each A1GP meeting. He made his race debut in China, taking over from team-mate Robbie Kerr, where he excelled in difficult circumstances when a variety of track issues disrupted the earlier part of the weekend.

"I'm thrilled to be back racing for A1 Team Great Britain," stated Jarvis. "I had a great time competing in China last year and hope to be as competitive, if not more so, this time round in Mexico.

"The team's coming off the back of a great result from Robbie last month and I certainly hope to keep that momentum going. The track in Mexico's new to most drivers on the grid so it'll be more of a level playing field and obviously we can take advantage of my rookie status to get as much track time as possible. I enjoy doing my bit in the rookie sessions but there's no substitute for actually racing!"

A1 Team Great Britain had originally planned to utilize Jarvis' rookie status to their advantage in New Zealand at the start of the year but a commitment clash, relating to Jarvis' forthcoming campaign in the 2007 All-Japan Formula Three Championship, meant he was unable to fulfill race duties at the brand new Taupo Motorsports Park facility.

"This is a great opportunity for Oliver," added team principal John Surtees. "Oliver ran well in China when he last raced for Great Britain, he certainly proved his worth and we're hopeful he can deliver for us again in Mexico.

"We need strong results to bring ourselves back into contention after a series of misfortunes since the turn of the year, unrelated to the team's performance, with the exception of Robbie's podium run in Durban."

Jarvis will be employed throughout the whole weekend in Mexico to maximize his track time. Kerr will also be present in Mexico, the former British F3 champion on-hand to assist the team following his podium run in South Africa last time out.

A1 Team Great Britain currently sits fourth overall in the A1GP Nations Standings.

 

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