A1 Grand Prix Team Pakistan has confirmed that GP2 frontrunner Super Nova International will run its entry, which will be piloted by 20-year old Adam Khan, in 2006-06.

The double announcement coincided with the series' first group test at Silverstone, in which Khan and Super Nova began to work in earnest towards the opening round of the 'winter championship' at Brands Hatch next month.

Khan got off to an encouraging start, and the team ran better than could have been expected as the youngster proved to be among the quickest drivers in the morning session of the second day.

"Super Nova is proud to be helping run A1 Team Pakistan in this new series, and we look forward to developing A1 Team Pakistan's drivers as truly international sportsmen representing their country," team principal David Sears commented.

"It's been an excellent first test for Adam. On day one, he proved to be sixth quickest out of the 15 cars that were present and running. I'm pleased with this and the way he has integrated with the team. Day two got off to a brilliant start, with Adam third quickest in the morning session. By the afternoon, he sat in fifth position overall, which exceeded the team's expectations.

"Nur Ali, the team's second driver, tested this afternoon and performed well, getting a taster of these powerful machines, and we are all looking forward to the second test at Paul Ricard."

Despite his young age, Khan has already competed in Formula Three and the Renault V6 Eurocup, as well as being on the books of the Jordan F1 team.

"Adam holds all the qualities that we are looking for in a driver - natural speed, a strong racing pedigree, intelligence and integrity," Team Pakistan operations director Asim Husain said of his new charge, "He will be representing a country of 154 million people, so we needed to make sure we picked a driver who can deliver good results."

Testing at Paul Ricard takes place over 24-26 August.

 

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