A1 Team Lebanon have announced that Allam Khodair will race for them this weekend at Brands Hatch, the final round of the 2006/07 A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport.

The decision will come as a disappointment to several Lebanese fans, who have set up an online petition to try and persuade A1 Team Lebanon to race Khalil Beschir, who made headlines at Brands in 2005, after being flipped in a spectacular accident in the first-ever A1GP feature race.

Eighteen months on, Beschir has suffered from the Lebanese team's driver rotation policy, which has seen the 24-year-old race just once this season, in Malaysia last November. He will be the reserve driver this weekend, along with Alex Khateeb.

Khodair meanwhile, who joined the team in 2007 and who has driven in Durban, South Africa, Mexico City and Shanghai is looking forward to the event.

Indeed after his 14th place in the feature race finish in Shanghai, he is hoping to make more progress and to quickly learn the circuit.

"Brands Hatch is a track that every driver wants to race on at some time in their career, so it's going to be a very exciting weekend for me," he stated. "I've been trying it out on a computer game but that's the nearest I've been to it so far and I'm sure the real thing is very different to this.

"I think quite a few of the other A1GP drivers will have experience here, so I'll need to be getting on the pace as quickly as possible; I'm sure my team will be helping as they are very familiar with the circuit and will be able to give me plenty of driving tips."

A1 Team Lebanon team principal, Tony Snook wants them to finish the current season on as much of a high as possible.

"With Allam we're now running midfield," he summed-up,"and we hope to improve on that with some good luck [this weekend] to reward the team for all its hard work."



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