A1 Team Canada has confirmed that James Hinchcliffe had been given the nod to lead the team into the new A1GP season, which kicks off this weekend at Zandvoort.

The Champ Car Atlantic racer, who made 14 starts in his rookie season with seven top-ten finishes, will hope to build on his top ten performance from testing at Silverstone last week - when he gave the new look Canadian entry its public debut.

"I'm naturally really excited at the start of a new season of A1GP," the 20-year-old said. "I'm pretty happy with the progress we've made as a team in pre-season testing. There's still a little bit of work to do but if we keep heading in the direction we were going in at Silverstone we'll be pretty competitive early in the season. There's no better place to start the new campaign than at Zandvoort. It's a beautiful circuit and on top of that the atmosphere that the Dutch fans create is just second to none. I'm really looking forward to getting back on track on Saturday."

Seat holder Wade Cherwayko said he felt good progress had been made by the new look team during the summer and admitted he couldn't wait for the season to kick off.

"I share James' enthusiasm to get the season underway," he said. "Considering it's a brand-new team in terms of the personnel now involved in the Canadian operation, I feel we've made good progress and our performance at the last test hopefully bodes well heading into this weekend's opening round at Zandvoort.

"James is no longer the rookie and we'll be counting on his experience to help lead the team as we're focused on breaking back into the top-ten in the Nations Standings having just slipped out at the end of last season."



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