The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Estoril this weekend for the final race of the European leg, with the competing teams given the chance to shakedown and test their second car for the first time this season.

Two 40 minute sessions will take place at the Portuguese venue ahead of the race weekend, with Team Netherlands bringing in Jereon Bleekemolen to test for the first time since the season started - the former DTM racer having tested at both Silverstone and Paul Ricard earlier this year.

"I am really looking forward to it!" Bleekemolen said. "I cannot predict where I will be compared with the competition. The other drivers off course have a lot more experience with the car then me. Normally I am a quick learner and during the tests where I have driven it went very well. I hope I will be able to provide a good basic set up of the car for the rest of the weekend. Anyway, it's nice to drive with the other 24 countries at the same time with equal chances for everyone.

"I know the Estoril circuit quite well, because I drove there last year with the DTM, and that was good. For me it's a very nice track, with its elevation changes and both slow and fast corners. Testing the A1GP car has been great! Before the tests I did not drive a Formula car for a long time, but they are the best to drive. Furthermore I never drove such a powerful and fast Formula car up to now. The A1GP car is very much fun, because you can drift quite a bit without losing much time. That makes it extra spectacular.

"Off course this is a totally different car then the DTM car, which I drove lots of times. I am really impressed by the series. Everything is arranged to perfection, with the national feeling being clearly present. That is nice, especially for us with the many Dutch fans. Also the number of television viewers is very good. I am sure that this series will become very big in future."

Former F1 racer Jos Verstappen will again race for Team Netherlands this weekend as the team hopes for an improvement in luck after consecutive sprint race retirements at Brands Hatch and the EuroSpeedway.

 

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