Robert Wickens will once again lead A1 Team Canada's charge as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to the Zhuhai circuit in China this weekend for the fourth round of the year.

Following a fine race debut last time out in Malaysia, where he scored Canada's first podium and points of the season courtesy of a third place sprint finish, the 18-year-old will remain behind the wheel with the team looking to build momentum in China before heading into the Christmas break.

As in Malaysia, James Hinchcliffe will again accompany the team, as Canada looks to crack the top-ten in the A1GP Nations standings from its current twelfth place foot-hold. Hinchcliffe led laps for the Canadian entry at the corresponding round last season in China, the races on that occasion situated on a tight, challenging street circuit in the capital city of Beijing.

"It seems like it's a pretty fast track," Wickens said. "Obviously I don't know too much about it having never raced there but it looks like it's got some fast corners and in particular the last one leading onto the start-finish straight.

"We've all got plenty of practice time over the weekend so the fact that none of us have raced there before won't be a factor as you can pick up the characteristics of a track pretty quickly. Hopefully we'll get the results the team deserves. Malaysia went well for us, we scored points and reached the podium so hopefully we can build on that and stay consistent!"

Team Manager Simon Cayzer added that the plan in China will be to build on the Malaysian result in an effort to move up the championship points - with everyone on a level playing field at a new venue.

"We had a good weekend in Malaysia so we want to keep building on that momentum," he said. "We've never raced at Zhuhai but, although it's a new circuit for everyone, it's still going into the unknown so we've done a lot of work since the last race on simulations and finding out as much about the circuit as possible before we arrive.

"It'll be really interesting as it puts everyone on a level playing field and I'm keen to see where we are in comparison. We're still not quite where we want to be, which is right with the front-runners, but we're moving in the right direction and we'll be pushing really hard to get there this weekend."



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