Fresh from a double win last time out in Malaysia, Neel Jani will aim to carry on the recent success of Team Switzerland as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Zhuhai for the first time this weekend.

Jani will be making his first appearance at the Chinese circuit as he looked to build on in his victories in Sepang, results which have helped the team to move into the lead of the championship standings - eight points clear of former champions France.

"I am still so happy with the excellent result in Malaysia and I hope that I can learn the Zhuhai circuit quickly to achieve a similar result again," he said. "I have never driven here, but I'm sure I'm going to like this track. It is not too technical but it is demanding on the brakes and it is important to find the right lines out of the turns to keep the momentum up.

"The track features lots of potential for overtaking with two long straights of 900 and 500 meters and a long, 14 metre wide pit straight. I'm looking forward to getting back to racing this weekend."

Youngster Alexandre Imperatori will represent his country during the rookie session at Zhuhai, and will bring extra experience to the line-up as his recent career has been spent racing in Asia.

"It's a fantastic opportunity that I have been given by team principal Max Welti to help A1 Team Switzerland," he said. "This event will be a new challenge for me. I am eager to meet the team and the engineers. One year ago, I watched the A1GP race in Beijing as I was competing in the Formula Renault support race, but that is the closest I ever came to A1 cars. I will do my best for the team.

"My first win on this track dates back to 2004. I know the track well since my team was based at this track. I will have to learn to handle the car, but I can drive around the track with my eyes closed and can give good advice to Neel on the best lines to be quick in the blind turns and to avoid under-steering on this track. I followed the A1 Grand Prix series during its first visit to China. I am so pleased to be able to work with Neel Jani and Max Welti. I have followed my national teams success very closely and am looking forward to learning a lot from them."

 

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