Belmayne A1 Team Ireland has confirmed that GP2 racewinner Adam Carroll will spearhead its challenge for the remaining rounds of the 2007-08 A1GP series, starting this weekend at Brno in the Czech Republic.

The 24-year old Portadown native impressed the team with his pace in pre-season testing, and has been drafted in to replace veteran Ralph Firman now that his GP2 commitments - testing aside - have been completed. The sometime Honda F1 test driver finished seventh in the GP2 standings, with two race wins to his credit, after replacing Antonio Pizzonia at FMSI mid-season, and then topped the times at the first winter test at Jerez.

"I'm a racing driver, so my aim is simply to win races and challenge for championships," Carroll said, "In A1GP, I have the additional motivation of representing Ireland and I'll be giving it 100 per cent to make sure we get to the top step of the podium. I've been very impressed with the team that has been put together for the season, and our testing pace has shown that we should be racing at the sharp end of the field."

Carroll's signing will be seen as further indication of the Irish team's push for success this season, following Firman's eight-point haul from the opening A1GP round at Zandvoort two weekends ago.

"To attract a driver of this calibre to the team shows just how serious we are about mounting a championship challenge," Team Ireland's Mark Kershaw commented, "I'm confident that we'll be making the step up to battle with the frontrunners this season. I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank Ralph Firman for the superb job he did for us at Zandvoort - he has been a loyal member of our driver squad and, come the end of the season, we may well find out how important the points he scored for us were."

 

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