Chris Alajajian will make his debut in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend at Zandvoort after being given the nod ahead of Khalil Beschir to lead Lebanon into the new campaign.

Alajajian took part in the three pre-season tests that took place ahead of the Zandvoort meeting, although Beschir will travel with the team to the Netherlands. However, with no rookie session taking place, Oz F3 racer Alajajian will take part in the entire weekend and said he couldn't wait for his debut.

"When I was invited to test with Team Lebanon it was a dream come true in itself, I never thought that so soon after driving the car I would be asked to be lead race driver," the Australian-born racer said. "My parents are coming over to watch the race, and as Lebanese, they are excited to see me in a car with our national flag on the side, so I hope I can do well to make them proud. I will definitely be focusing on bringing the car home as high up the field as I can.

"I've not raced at Zandvoort before, but I Khalil and I did make a quick trip there last week to familiarise ourselves with it. The track looks interesting and should provide the fans with some good racing, as there are some good overtaking places. It's a technical track, so during the two days of running, there will be plenty of work to do to learn the track and work on set-up prior to the races on Sunday, but I think we can get a good result from the weekend."

Seat holder Tameem Auchi said he was confident that his driver can get the job done, despite his lack of experience of the Dutch circuit and the A1 car.

"We are looking forward to the third season of A1, we feel confident that we're improving and we're constantly aiming for those elusive points," he said. "We've chosen Chris to drive for us at Zandvoort because we feel he is ready for a race weekend, even though he will have less track time than normal at Zandvoort because we aren't running on Friday, he is a quick learner and should cope with the pressure well.

"Both Chris and Khalil play an important role in the team and alongside our new engineering operation, Argo Racing, we are confident that we can improve as we move through the A1GP 2007/08 calendar."

 

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