In his final race for Team Switzerland before taking up his driving duties with the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team, Neel Jani will be looking to close the gap to leaders France as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Mexico for the latest round this weekend.

Jani will be replaced by Giorgio Mondini for the final two rounds in America and China but before then he will look to close the 28 point gap France currently holds at the top of the championship standings.

"I'm determined to score my tenth podium for the team in my last race this weekend," he said. "Representing my country in this new series has been a real honour and I'm so proud that we are in a good position in the championship and in with a chance of winning. I'm sure I'll enjoy the next race as I have done all the others this season, but it will feel a bit sad being my last one for the team.

"I've never seen the track which looks interesting with a good number of overtaking possibilities. I'm sure it'll be a really interesting race and I'll be doing everything I can to go out on a high note."

Team principal Max Welti said he was excited to be visiting another new nation as A1GP continues to travel the world and took time to praise Jani for the job he has done during the season so far.

"It's always great to discover racing in a new continent and especially in a country like Mexico where the people are really enthusiastic about motor racing," he said. "For me, being in Mexico brings back a lot of emotions because of the good memories in sports prototypes in 89-90 and later in Formula One. I know the crowd will give us a very warm welcome and it should be an exciting weekend.

"We'll miss Neel Jani, he's a really talented driver who has helped the progress and development of our team a lot. Thanks to him, the team has scored podiums and points in fourteen out of sixteen races a very impressive record. His contribution has been invaluable and we wish him all the best for an excellent career.

"It's also quite flattering that both our drivers this season, Jani and his replacement Mondini, will be seen in F1 in 2006."

 

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