Contrary to what some sections of the media would have the public believe, Katherine Legge's ability behind the wheel of a race car continues to be recognised by those in the know, following a surprise call-up to the Team Great Britain squad for next weekend's A1 Grand Prix round in Dubai.

Although not in line to replace race regular Robbie Kerr, Legge is expected to take over from the luckless Alex Lloyd in the team's second entry during the additional practice session on Friday, both to give herself a taste of A1GP and the team a chance to see what she may be able to offer. Lloyd has yet to race with the team, despite having been led to believe that he would get a chance in competition when the series left Europe, with Kerr contesting both races in all five rounds to date.

Legge admitted that the chance to team up with Kerr in Dubai had come out of the blue - A1GP not having been on her agenda this season - but dove-tailed nicely with the recent opportunity to test an F1 car with Minardi and the
impending outing with Kevin Kalkhoven's PKV Champ Car outfit.

"I've been interested in A1 Grand Prix, but I wouldn't say I have been avidly chasing an opportunity," Legge told Crash.net, "[Team principal] John Surtees 'phoned me up and offered me the opportunity, and it's fantastic to have been considered."

After the hype, and then the massive media attention sparked by her appearance in one of Paul Stoddart's Minardis last week, Legge admits that there is some promotional appeal to having her join the Team GB effort, but is determined not to let that detract from her performance in Dubai.

And, despite the fact that it is again a testing opportunity, rather than a race drive, she is keen to get started.

"It looks like an awesome car, and it can only give me more experience," she explained, "Since this time last year, I can soon say that I have driven an F1 car, a Champ Car and an A1GP car - and not many people can say they have done that. It will be interesting to compare all three, as they are all obviously top line cars, and, again, I just hope I can do my very best and prove myself.

"Team GB are obviously a fantastic team, they already have a very good driver in Robbie, so it's just another opportunity to make myself a better driver by driving something else. And it's also a chance to do my bit for Great Britain, which is an extra appeal."

 

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