Eschewing British F3 frontrunner Charlie Kimball's disappointment at not being considered for a run at the opening A1 Grand Prix test at Silverstone earlier this month, franchise holder Rick Weidinger has named three other young stars as contenders for the single seat.

Scott Speed, Colin Fleming and Matt Jaskol, all products of Danny Sullivan's Red Bull Driver Scholarship scheme, are the names being put forward for this week's test at Paul Ricard, with Speed and Fleming already familiar with the French circuit following pre-season tests there with their current GP2 and World Series by Renault teams.

While the two highest-ranked Red Bull scholars are relatively well-known for the exploits in Europe over the past couple of years, Jaskol is a relative unknown on the international scene. This season, he is competing in both the Star Mazda open-wheel series and the Craftsman Truck-style ASA Speed Challenge, leading the rookie category in both championships.

Weidinger has also signed up IRL veteran - and 2005 race winner - Scott Sharp to act as a mentor to the trio, who look likely to share seat time in the Lola-built A1GP car in what is being dubbed the 'World Cup of motorsport'.

As with several other teams, the identity of the US driver to appear in A1GP's debut event at Brands Hatch next month remains unclear, particularly as the team tested Infiniti Pro Series racer Jeff Simmons at Silverstone earlier this month.

 

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