Michael Ammermuller is to make his belated race debut in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport after receiving a call-up to the Team Germany line-up for the next round of the season in Malaysia.

The 21-year-old tested for the team back in 2006 alongside Nico Hulkenberg but lost out on the chance to represent his nation after being given a test driver role with Red Bull Racing in Formula 1.

Having missed much of the current campaign through injury, Ammermuller admitted that he was thrilled to get a second chance to make his A1 bow.

"I'm delighted to get a second chance with A1 Team Germany," he said. "It's extra motivation to start for the defending champions. Even though I've never driven at this interesting circuit I want to show that I earned this seat by getting a good result in Malaysia. I'm up against a lot of good drivers. I know some of them already from other series. It's a great challenge."

Ammermuller's chance comes with Christian Vietoris busy in Valencia taking up his test with the BMW Sauber F1 team as a result of his victory in the Formula BMW World Final last season, with team boss Weber delighted to bring another young driver through into the team.

"It's a fantastic chance for Christian to get the opportunity to test with BMW Sauber," he said. "We are obviously delighted for him. At the same time I welcome Michael Ammermuller back to our team after his test in August 2006. We want to give him every opportunity, which he has deserved during his young career, to establish his name through strong performances on the international stage

"Christian has already started preparing for his Formula 3 season in 2008. This will be intensified throughout the winter. With Michael, we now have another young driver in our squad who should also help us beyond Malaysia."

 

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