James Hinchcliffe is aiming to put Team Canada's recent run of bad form behind him as he arrives in Mexico City for the latest round of the A1GP series this weekend, with the squad having slipped back to tenth place in the championship standings.

Following a month-long hiatus in the calendar, A1GP crosses the Atlantic for the first and only time during the campaign for round nine of the 11-meeting schedule. The Champ Car Atlantic star - who endured a dismal weekend last time out in South Africa, with only a 13th place in the sprint race and first lap feature retirement to show for his efforts - is now determined to stop the rot after failing to notch up any points since New Zealand back in January.

"It's a career first for me and for pretty much everyone else on the A1GP grid, with the exception of Brazil's Bruno Junqueira who's raced here in Champ Car," the 20-year-old Ontarian remarked. "I think it's a phenomenal venue and it looks like it'll be a blast to drive.

"We've had a bunch of bad luck in recent races so I'm hoping we can benefit from a trouble-free weekend, and if that comes off then I've got no doubt we've got a good chance for a pair of decent finishes. There's still some work to be done in qualifying the car higher up the grid, but I'm confident we can get back on-track in Mexico City."

Meanwhile, Quebecer Kevin Lacroix will once more take to the wheel for Friday's rookie session, after first appearing for the team in South Africa last month. The 18-year-old is clearly relishing the opportunity.

"It was good to get back into the car again in South Africa," he stated, "although the hour-long rookie session goes by pretty quick. Despite having a month's lay-off between meetings I'm confident I'll be more comfortable in the car this time round.

"It's a lot more powerful than the Star Mazda I raced last year, there's less downforce and it's definitely a much harder car to drive but it's also a lot of fun. It's my first time at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez, but I've watched races there on TV and I'm sure I'll pick up the track pretty quickly. I'm looking forward to Friday's session and strengthening my relationship with the team."

 

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