After its longer than expected Christmas break the A1 Grand Prix Series roars back into action this weekend in Durban South Africa where Team France will be hoping to continue their early season dominance.

Nominated driver Alexandre Premat will have to get to grips with Durban's new street circuit, a circuit unfamiliar with all the drivers but the challenge is one that street circuit lover Premat is looking forward to.

"I really want to start 2006 on a high note," said Premat, who has been responsible for six of France's nine A1 GP wins to date. "I love these street circuits like Monaco, Montreal, Paul, Norisring or Macau. After the long winter break I'm feeling very fit and ready to race."

The all-new Durban 3.283km street circuit has been built in a record time especially for the seventh round of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series is centred on Durban's elegant ocean frontage. The first corner is very tight and promises some exciting racing.

Jean-Paul Driot, team principal, A1 Team France commented: "Again for this race, we will remain completely focused. I'm confident that the team and the drivers will continue to perform well and we're aiming to continue winning and build on our good result in Dubai. Being the home race for A1 Team South Africa we hope to see a huge crowd this weekend."

France has a strong lead in the championship with 106 points.



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