James Winslow will make his A1 Grand Prix debut in January after being called up by front-running Team GBR for the forthcoming rounds in New Zealand and Australia.

With two rookie sessions held during each A1GP race weekend to allow drivers under the age of 28 the chance to sample the 550bhp Lola car, the Briton will carry out the important opening day role of helping Team GBR steal a march on the international opposition at Taupo and Eastern Creek.

A championship winner in each of the past two seasons, Winslow has been in contention to join Team GBR for some time, with the John Surtees-run operation finally making use of his talents in a region that has become a second home for the Briton. Although Taupo, being used for the second time by the A1GP series between 18-20 January, will be new to the reigning Formula Renault V6 Asia champion, Eastern Creek will be more familiar following his Australian F3 campaign in 2007.

Although neither visit to the Sydney venue was kind to Winslow in F3, he is confident that he will be able to use his previous experience to good use when he takes to the track for the second time over the weekend of 3 February.

"I'm delighted to have been asked to join Team GBR for the next two A1GP events, and grateful to my manager, Piers Maserati, for putting the deal together," Winslow said, "The A1GP series has been growing in importance over the past couple of years, and these outings will be an exciting development in my career.

"While I accept that the team may be taking advantage of my experience in Australia and Asia over the past couple of seasons, I hope to be able to repay their faith with some strong performances in the rookie practice sessions, and by providing some useful feedback as Team GBR gears up for two crucial races in the 2007-08 campaign, especially at Eastern Creek, which I know well after racing there twice this past year."

While the A1GP car will represent a serious hike in power over both his F3 and FRV6 machines, Winslow is not concerned, having tested an 800bhp Champ Car at Sebring recently.

"The A1GP Lola will definitely be the most powerful car I have driven in a competitive situation," he admitted, "but the Champ Car outing with Conquest Racing in September will make the transition easier."

Winslow's future aspirations lie in the Champ Car World Series and he will be testing ahead of the 2008 season early next year.

 

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