Buoyed by his recent Australian F3 form, James Winslow will hope to use this weekend's final A1 Grand Prix outing with Team GBR to secure the rest of his season.

The Briton had toyed with the idea of moving to Champ Cars for 2008, and had an LMP1 programme lined up for the Le Mans Series on either side of the Atlantic, only to be left disappointed by the last minute collapse of a sponsorship deal. That situation also cost him the original ride he had in the F3 series down under, but Winslow made the most of a late switch to another team for lat weekend's Oran Park round to take his first win of the season and move into top spot in the standings.

Now, taking advantage of gap in the F3 schedule and jumping at the opportunity to rejoin Team GBR after impressive outings at Taupo and Eastern Creek, the reigning Asia V6 champion is hoping that he can raise the finance to see out the season and, possibly, take a third title in as many years.

Running the two rookie sessions at Brands Hatch this Friday [2 May], Winslow will be making a rare appearance on British soil, but is looking forward to getting abck in the A1GP car after having to sit out the two most recent rounds, in South Africa and China, due to clashing commitments.

"Naturally, I am delighted to have been invited to return to Team GBR - and honoured to be a part of the team's efforts at our home event," Winslow said. "It will be a strange feeling to be driving on British soil again, as this is the first time that I have been on track in the UK for a while, but I am determined to do the best I can to help the team win at home.

"I am really looking forward to getting back into the A1GP car too, especially around the spectacular Brands Hatch grand prix circuit, which has to be one of the best in the world from a driver's point of view. The atmosphere should be fantastic - Brands has had big crowds for each of its previous A1GP meetings and this year's championship has gone down to the wire. I just hope I can help Team GBR repeat its winning performance from last season."

Winslow's season beyond the Brands Hatch A1GP finale could be boosted by another strong performance this weekend, as he continues to chase backing for his F3 campaign.

"I am disappointed that, due to matters beyond my control, things haven't worked out for me in sportscars," he commented, "but I will now focus on the A1GP weekend, and helping Team GBR to end the season on a high note.

"As for the rest of the season, I am still working on all kinds of things, and I remain hopeful of something coming up very soon. Until then, however, it is great to be leading the Australian F3 championship, and it will be a major asset in my quest for a V8 drive next year if I can take the title.

"We did the deal with Astuti and Gawler Farm Machinery to get on track at Oran Park, and I'm grateful to Sam Astuti for helping to rescue my season. Without the hard work and input from both parties, this result wouldn't have happened, and hope that I can find a way to continue with them after our race-winning start."

 

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