Portugal have got the ball rolling for the 2008/09 A1 Grand Prix season after revealing Filipe Albuquerque will be their full-time driver for the next two years.

The first team to reveal their plans for the fourth A1 GP season, Portugal were always keen to secure the long-term services of the youngster after making his debut earlier this year and scoring in each of the eight races he participated in.

Albuquerque, who was left on the racing sidelines for 2008 despite finishing third in the World Series by Renault last year, was delighted to be following in the footsteps of GP2 race winner Alvaro Parente in representing his country.

"A1GP is an extremely competitive championship, and I'm sure that in the coming seasons, it will reach new heights," Albuquerque, who took three podiums for Portugal in those eight races, said. "I can only feel honoured for the chance I have been given to continue representing my country."

Team principal Luis Vicente was also thrilled to confirm Albuquerque, particularly as he was instrumental in hauling Portugal up to 11th in the standings having only scored five points with Joao Urbano in the first 12 races.

"We are extremely satisfied and feel privileged to be continuing with Filipe for the next two seasons," said team principal Luis Vicente.

"We firmly believe in his skills. Filipe is extremely fast and talented, as well as very mature and professional. With that in mind, this is the ideal scenario for stability. I can assure the fans, that we'll do everything possible to win the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for Portugal."

 

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