Narain Karthikeyan says he is excited about the prospect of returning to Brands Hatch after being confirmed in the A1 Team India seat for the final round of the A1GP season.

The Formula 1 test driver competed at the famous British circuit early in his career and now returns for the first time since 2000 looking to improve the Indian team's luck after a tough weekend in China, where Karthikeyan crashed out of the feature race having gone out on track to try and secure the fastest lap after an earlier incident had removed all chance of scoring points.

With the car extensively damaged in the incident, the team faces a busy time to prepare for the opening practice session of the weekend but seatholder Yohann Setna said he was hopeful that the potential of the team can finally be realised in the final meeting of the season.

"Thankfully the damage from the crash in Shanghai was largely superficial and the team are working hard to replace the damaged bodywork and suspension," he said. "We've had a lot of bad luck this season and the team haven't been able to show their true potential. Hopefully we will get that chance at Brands Hatch."

Karthikeyan himself admitted that he couldn't wait to return to Brands having won in British F3 career on the flowing Grand Prix circuit.

"I'm really looking forward to going back to Brands," he said. "I haven't raced at the circuit since 2000, but I have good memories of the track, having won there in British F3. It's a very difficult circuit, with some fast corners, but there are a number of places to overtake which should make for some interesting racing. "Brands Hatch will also be our last opportunity to secure a good result for India this season.

"I came into A1GP hoping to take India to the front and it has been very frustrating that we have not been able to turn our pace in practice and qualifying into solid race results. We're aiming to rectify that this weekend."



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