F3 Euroseries frontrunner James Rossiter has been called up to replace Adam Carroll in the four-way shoot-out for a place in the A1 Grand Prix Team Britain line-up next week.

Rossiter will join Ralph Firman, Alex Lloyd and Robbie Kerr at Brands Hatch next Monday and Tuesday [23-24 May], where they will go head-to-head in one of Arden International's out of service F3000 cars. Having run at the front from race one in last year's British F3 Championship, Rossiter has made a similarly easy switch to the Euroseries, where he won the second race of the opening weekend at Hockenheim, and featured on the podium at both Pau and Spa-Francorchamps.

It is not clear why Carroll has withdrawn from next week's test, although speculation over the Irishman's place in the shoot-out was raised when he managed to clinch a seat in the new GP2 Series with Super Nova. Carroll's campaign will take him through to the end of September, when GP2 finishes up with a stand-alone event in Bahrain, and is likely to preclude his involvement in the opening A1 GP round at Brands Hatch that same month.

However, British team spokesman John Surtees has intimated that more than one driver may be selected to represent the UK this season - points are allocated to franchisee countries rather than individual drivers - which would have allowed Carroll, if selected, to make an appearance later in the season. Rossiter's year is likely to continue with the annual Macau F3 weekend in November, posing similar conflicts. Firman has a Japanese GT programme to contend with, but Kerr remains unemployed at present.

The rumour mill has hinted that Carroll may have another reason for not wanting to take part next week, with grandprix.com suggesting that the Irishman may have a existing commitment for next season - possibly with BAR-Honda, which is backing him in GP2. He has tested impressively with the team over the past few months, and may be in line to join the squad should Jenson Button leave and Anthony Davidson be promoted to full-time race driver.

 

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