A1 Team Australia have revealed that they have launched an initiative to help promote Australia's new breed of racers, starting with inviting two drivers to test their car during the first official test of the season at Silverstone.

Although Ian Dyk has already been confirmed as the lead driver for the season, John Martin and Daniel Ricciardo are penned to test the team's machine at Silverstone in an attempt to introduce them to the rigours of high-speed machinery.

Martin's participation is not so much a surprise given the Alan Jones squad is engineered by Alan Docking Racing, who currently run the 23-year-old in British Formula Three. Ricciardo meanwhile makes the substantial step up from Formula BMW Asia.

The move is part of a partnership with the Australian Motor Sport Foundation (AMSF), designed at helping Australia's most talented drivers reach the top of their profession.

By offering the drivers invaluable track experience, along with financial support, the AMSF aims to nurture and support young Australian drivers to ensure they reach their full potential.

"The partnership between A1 Team Australia and the AMSF will ensure that Australia's young drivers are assisted in every way possible to make them - and make Australia - a dominant force in international motor sport," Jones told the official a1gp.com website.

"The AMSF is pleased to be working with A1 Team Australia and in particular to be able to support both John and Daniel," Quentin Crombie, General Manager of AMSF, added. "As two of the best young up and coming Australian stars, I know they are both thrilled at the prospect of driving the A1 Team Australia car and getting some real track experience."



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