A1 Team Switzerland will return to action in New Zealand this weekend determined to pick up where it left off at the end of 2007 at Zhuhai and build on its 19 point lead over France in the championship.

Neel Jani will again be leading the team's weekend and he will be supported by rookie driver Tom Dillmann.

Jani is determined to do well: "After over a month away from racing I can't wait to get back behind the wheel," he noted. "We have been very competitive so far this season and are working together really well as one team.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on the track and driving on the Taupo circuit for the first time. I can usually learn a circuit very quickly so with the team's data from last year. I expect we will be very competitive again as we fight to build our lead in the championship.

"This is sort of a home track for me because two of my aunts live here in Auckland and I hope to see all my Dad's family here on the occasion of my visit out here."

There is however one major change as all the teams will be running their 3.4 litre V8 engines on biofuel for the first time as part of the sport's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

"We will use biofuel for the first time this weekend, an initiative we support fully since we, as a sport, are determined to minimise our impact on the environment," stated A1 Team Switzerland boss, Max Welti.

"It's been a long break but what better way to get back in action than in such a beautiful country as New Zealand. Our team is eager to get back to what we do best and Neel and Tom will be working hard to help us build our lead in the championship."

 

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