A1 Team France have confirmed that Lo?c Duval will race in South Africa this coming weekend and take in the seventh round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

It had been thought that the 25-year-old would not be able to compete in Durban due to his commitments in Japan.

However while he will miss practice on Friday - with Nicolas Prost running in the two rookie sessions and Jonathan Cochet filling the void in practice 'proper' - he will then fly in on Saturday morning and go straight to the circuit to drive the A1 Team France machine for the rest of the weekend.

Speaking ahead of the event, A1 Team France sporting director Olivier Panis was quick to thank the organisers and Duval's Formula Nippon team for allowing the Chartres-born ace to compete for his country.

Furthermore with France now joint top in the standings with New Zealand, Panis is eager to see les bleus grab the lead outright.

"We've arrived in Durban with our motivation boosted ten-fold as we could take the lead in the championship this weekend," stated Panis.

"To achieve this we can count on three very determined drivers. I'd like to thank the Nakajima Racing team for releasing Lo?c to race for us this weekend. Also a big thanks to the organisers who are allowing him to drive from Saturday onwards.

"Our aim is to make no mistakes on this very tricky circuit, to maximise our running time and to progress step by step. We're chasing podium finishes and victories this weekend."



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