A1 Team New Zealand has confirmed that Jonny Reid, who won three races last season, is to be its main driver for the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Reid, who shared driving duties last season with Matt Halliday, will be supported by a pool of young Kiwi drivers during the campaign with Halliday currently busy trying to establish himself in the United States.

"Jonny was voted the 'Most Improved Driver' at the A1GP end of season awards and he has earned the right to have more certainty about his position within the team," seat holder Colin Giltrap told the official A1GP website. "Matt Halliday has done a superb job for us, especially heading into the unknown in the first season, but he's chasing his dream in the United States and that's where his focus needs to be.

"We'll be keeping in close contact with Matt and seeing how we can further his ambitions in Champ Cars, but our emphasis is on helping develop the country's rising talent. We'll be doing everything we possibly can to give young Kiwis experience in A1GP's rookie sessions."

Among the rookie drivers who could be given the chance to shine is teenager Brendon Hartley, who will take part in the official A1GP test session at Silverstone next the month.

The 17-year-old has spent this season competing in the Formula Renault EuroCup and will get his first taste of an A1GP machine during the test.

"We're delighted that the Red Bull Junior Race Team sees the value in releasing Brendon for the Silverstone test session," Giltrap continued, "and we're looking forward to seeing how he settles into the A1GP car."



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