A1 Team Brazil has announced that Clemente Faria Jr will take over rookie duties with the team from January 2008 having dominated this seasons South American F3 Championship.

Faria Jr, who tested for the team at Snetterton back in August, will take the place of Sergio Jimenez who will aim to build on his podium finish at Sepang during the next round of the season at Zhuhai.

Clemente Jr took the SAF3 title on the back of six wins, eleven podiums and eight pole positions over the course of the season and the 19-year-old admitted he was delighted to be given the chance to represent his country in the A1 arena.

"I am really happy to be joining the team and I am looking forward to working with everyone," he said. "I think this is a key step in my career and it will be very good to drive a car with this amount of power and to keep on learning.

"I did some good work at the test in Snetterton and now I have the opportunity to improve with the car and drive on many tracks. I am so pleased to be able to work with Emerson. I am a big fan of his and I am looking forward to learning a lot from him."

Jimenez, who notched up the team's first podium since November 2005 last time out in Malaysia, will compete in all sessions for the team in China.

After that round, however, he will lose eligibility to drive in the rookie practice sessions, having completed more than six races. Clemente will join the team from the round in Taupo, New Zealand to fulfil the rookie driver role.

"The team was very happy with the podium in Malaysia because it had been a long time since the last one and showed just how hard we have all been working," he said. "We have been improving race on race, and are looking to continue that in China.

"For me, Zhuhai will be a different challenge and I'm feeling confident because no-one has driven the track before so it will be a level playing field for all the A1GP drivers."

 

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