A1 Team France's Loic Duval has promised to go for podiums this weekend in New Zealand, as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport gears up for the fifth round in the 2007-2008 championship.

France is currently still in second place overall in the standings thanks to Duval's harvest of podium finishes since the start of the year, but with main rival, New Zealand, having closed the gap to 1 point since the last round in China, there is everything to fight for. Furthermore with Switzerland 19-points out front, France will be out to keep NZ in third - and ideally cut the deficit to P1.

"Our motivation is still as strong as ever," said Loic. "Our aim will be to prepare for the two races as meticulously as possible by making the best use of our running time during the free practice sessions, and not committing any mistakes.

"We've been on the pace so far all season, and only racing incidents have been responsible for our rare setbacks. We're attacking the Taupo challenge in an optimistic frame of mind. Our mission hasn't changed; we want a couple of podium finishes and if possible on the highest step!"



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