A1 Team Mexico has named Salvador Duran as its driver for the opening round of the new A1GP season at Zandvoort this coming weekend.

Duran, who drove for the team last season, will compete in the Netherlands as the Mexican squad enters a new era - with technical assistance this season coming from the same Interwetten.com team that runs Duran in the World Series.

"As requested by A1 Team Mexico, Escuderia Telmex agreed to support us to allow Salvador Duran to represent our country this weekend and we are very pleased with their answer," Julio Jauregui, executive vice-president of A1 Team M?xico said. "On the technical side, we have one of the most competitive teams in Europe in Interwetten, who will provide us with technical services for the entire 2007-2008 season.

"They have the experience of a good relationship with our driver, who they compete with in the World Series by Renault. They have well-experienced engineers, and also has technical information about the track. In addition, with Duran we obtained a second place in the sprint race at Zandvoort last year and we hope that the combination Interwetten-Duran will give us good results.

"We are happy because Interwetten is a very quick team in pit stops now with the new A1 sporting regulations for the feature race with two mandatory pit stops, we have something on our side. However, there is a lot of work to do, mainly because both Interwetten and Duran have not had contact with the car lately, but we hope to achieve good results."

Duran himself was quick to thank the people who have made it possible for him to take part in the race and said he was eager to try and repay them with a good result.

"Firstly I want to thank A1 Team Mexico, Escuderia Telmex, all my sponsors and Interwetten for giving me this opportunity and for believing in me as a racing driver," he said. "Definitely, is an honour to represent my country again at Zandvoort.

"I know we are behind because both my team and I did not test prior this race and we are not coming as well-prepared as the other teams. We have a lot of things to do that we have to work harder on than the others. Zandvoort is a track that I know and that I like. It is a very difficult track. It is very demanding physically, but we are prepared for that. I don't know what to expect for this first round, but we are looking forward to get Zandvoort to try to be in the top places and hopefully we can achieve it this weekend."



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