After Team Russia sat out the Laustizring round of the A1 Grand Prix series, Team Japan has confirmed that it will miss this weekend's third outing, at Estoril, by not entering any drivers at the signing-on session.

The Japanese, who have run Ryo Fukuda and Hideki Noda in the first two meetings of the season, have cited prior commitments made before it signed up to the World Cup of Motorsport for missing the Portuguese round.

Elsewhere, it was business as normal, as the remaining 24 national teams nominated their line-ups for the weekend. As usual, there was the expected mix of new names and familiar faces as the entry list filled up, with current points leader Brazil keeping faith with Nelson Piquet Jr for the third consecutive round. The Brands Hatch race winner will this weekend be backed up by sometime Italian F3000 racer Tuka Rocha, who replaces Fabio Carbone.

France, which dominated round two in Germany a fortnight ago, is expected to revert to Alex Premat this weekend, but Lausitz winner Nicolas Lapierre retains a place in the two-man line-up. Christian Jones (Australia), Mathias Lauda (Austria), Sean McIntosh (Canada), Tomas Enge (Czech Republic), Robbie Kerr (GB), Ananda Mikola (Indonesia), Ralph Firman (Ireland), Enrico Toccacelo (Italy), Jos Verstappen (Holland), Jonny Reid (New Zealand), Adam Khan (Pakistan), Alvaro Parente (Portugal), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Scott Speed (USA) all keep their respective number one seats.

There are changes in other teams, however, with Adrian Sutil coming in for Germany, Armaan Ibrahim (India), Basil Shabaan (Lebanon) and Alexander Truryumin (Russia) all inheriting the number one spot, and Salvador Duran (Mexico) and Stephen Simpson (South Africa) returning after missing the last round. Fairuz Fauzy has been confirmed as Malaysia's only participant this round, as the country switches from the divided line-up policy that saw Alex Yoong contest one race alongside Fauzy in the opening two rounds.

The important decision on who will represent each team in qualifying and the races will be taken on Saturday.

The full entry list is as follows:

Australia Christian Jones Will DavidsonAustria Mathias Lauda Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr Tuka RochaCanada Sean McIntosh China Tengyi Jiang Czech Republic Tomas Enge Jan CharouzFrance Alexandre Premat Nicolas LapierreGermany Adrian Sutil Great Britain Robbie Kerr Alex LloydIndia Armaan Ebrahim Indonesia Ananda Mikola Ireland Ralph Firman Michael DevaneyItaly Enrico Toccacelo Matteo CressoniLebanon Basil Shaaban Khalil BeschirMalaysia Fairuz Fauzy Mexico Salvador Duran Netherlands Jos Verstappen Jeroen BleekemolenNew Zealand Jonny Reid Matt HallidayPakistan Adam Khan Portugal Alvaro Parente Joao BarbosaRussia Alexander Truryumin Mikhail AleshinSouth Africa Stephen Simpson Tomas ScheckterSwitzerland Neel Jani USA Scott Speed



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