John Surtees has announced he will be stepping down as the team principal for A1 Team Great Britain as the squad undergoes a restructure ahead of the 2007/2008 season that kicks off at Zandvoort next month.

Surtees has long been a patron of A1 GP, overseeing the team's progress over the course of the first two seasons and helping Great Britain to third in both campaigns, as well as their oversee three victories.

However, Surtees, who remains the only person to win World Championships on both two and four wheels, has decided to concentrate on other interests, including helping his son Henry Surtees progress up the motorsport ladder. He is currently competing in the Formula BMW UK Championship.

His role will be effectively assumed by team manager Paul Bellringer, who helped oversee the decision to bring the team in-house for its second season following its collaboration with Arden in 2005.

"We are extremely thankful to John for providing not only his expertise in the early years of A1GP, but also for his passion for the series and recognising the opportunities available for British racing talents," British seatholder Tony Clements confirmed. "We wish him well with his future ventures and look forward to welcoming John and his family to an A1GP event in the near future".

On the commercial side of the team, sports marketing agency Eden Rock Sports has been appointed as A1 Team Great Britain's Marketing and Public Relations consultancy. The Oxfordshire based company will concentrate on raising the team's profile and generating commercial sponsorship for the national entry in The World Cup of Motorsport.

Meanwhile, although Robbie Kerr and Oliver Jarvis will return to front Great Britain's assault on the championship this year, Team GBR have announced that a third rookie driver will be revealed at the pre-season Silverstone test later in the month.

 

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