Robbie Kerr and Alex Lloyd have been named as the drivers chosen to represent Great Britain in the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series campaign, following a four-man shoot-out at Brands Hatch last month.

Team principal John Surtees confirmed the selection, which ruled out James Rossiter and Ralph Firman, saying that both Kerr and Lloyd needed the chance to demonstrate their talents in an otherwise quiet year.

"A1 Grand Prix is a series of opportunity, particularly for these two young British drivers, who have demonstrated their abilities but found it hard to be in the right place at the right time when it came to seating themselves in a competitive car," the former world champion explained, "It is nine years since the last British Formula One world champion yet, despite all the talent being developed through from karting to cars, we are still relying on David Coulthard to bring the car home in the points and willing Jenson Button on to win his first grand prix."

Which of the two drivers will take the wheel for the opening round of Sheikh Maktoum's brainchild, at Brands Hatch on 23-25 September, has still to be determined, but both Kerr and Lloyd are excited by the chance to be involved with the team, which will be overseen by GP2 operation Arden International.

Kerr already has experience of the Lola-built A1GP car, having been seconded for testing duties with early chassis, but is looking forward to getting a real shot at success in the series.

"I am really honoured and pleased to be announced as one of the drivers for A1 Team Great Britain," the former British F3 champion admitted, "We have got a tremendous team of experienced people we can call on and I am looking forward to giving it my best shot."

Lloyd, meanwhile, has had to make do with sporadic outings in the various F1 feeder series this season, but the former McLaren Autosport BRDC Young
Driver of the Year is raring to go in A1GP.

"I've been on tenterhooks for the past month, so it was a fantastic feeling to get the call from John confirming that I have been chosen," he said, "I look forward to flying the flag for Great Britain in all four corners of the world, and I feel very privileged to be a part of this team.

"With all the elements now in place, we should be a formidable force in the series and what better way to start off the than with the first event at Brands Hatch, one of the greatest venues in motorsport."

Both drivers will get their first outing in the definitive British chassis when the Arden team attends shakedown tests at Silverstone and Paul Ricard in the next few weeks.

 

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