With the inaugural race of the World Cup of Motorsport less than a fortnight away, the A1 Grand Prix series has revealed the identity of its latest competitor, as the Czech Republic confirmed its participation.

The eastern European country was not among the expected list off additions - thought to include Italy and Spain - to be unveiled before the opening round at Brands Hatch, but announced its entry complete with driving talent. Seat holder Antonin Charouz confirmed that Tomas Enge was act as 'senior professional' to the three-man squad, mentoring Jarek Janis and Jan Charouz during the series' first season.

"It is fantastic for Czech motorsport that we have been able to get into this series," Charouz Sr admitted, "It was not easy to get into this elite company but our good reputation, built in various motorsport series including Formula One, helped immensely. We are now negotiating with Czech TV stations to arrange live television coverage of the races and it is obviously a great opportunity for Czech companies to advertise around the world."

Enge joins a list of already established star drivers expecting to ply their trade in at least some of this winter's A1GP races, including Jos Verstappen, Pedro Lamy and IRL team-mate Tomas Scheckter.

"I think that the timing of the World Cup of Motorsport is excellent, as many drivers can take part and the competition will be very strong," he said, "It will be interesting to see the fight between hungry youngsters and experienced drivers, and new tracks represent a new challenge - I always like to compete in an unknown territory. I believe that my experience will help me in the fight at the front."

Janis and Charouz Jr will both hope to benefit from Enge's experience before stepping into the lead driver's shoes during the season.

"It is definitely good for drivers that they will be racing for the whole winter and they will be able to keep rhythm," sometime DTM and F3000 driver Janis said, while Charouz admitted to some curiosity about the machinery now at his disposal.

"I am really looking forward to competing because there will be good drivers and a very colourful grid and schedule," he said, "I have heard from other drivers who have tested the car that the behaviour is similar to F3000, but the car is more powerful. I am really curious to learn how the PowerBoost will work."

The Czech team, which has yet to find an established operation to run its cars, has less than two weeks to complete its preparations before the opening weekend of the season kicks off at Brands Hatch on 24-25 September.

 

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