Whatever the reasons and implications, at least one driver has admitted that he is happy to be heading to Laguna Seca for this weekend's American A1 Grand Prix leg.

Team Germany's Timo Scheider claims to have long wanted to sample the Californian venue, but appeared to have had his hopes dashed when the race was called off over the weekend. Now, however, it appears to have been reinstated, giving the DTM racer another shot.

"I've always wanted to race at Laguna Seca, and now I have the chance," the 27-year old commented, "Some of the sections are blind because of the roller-coaster nature of the track, and the famous Corkscrew certainly numbers among the greatest challenges to be found in motorsport."

After claiming its best result of the season last time out in Mexico, where Scheider took fourth place in the feature race, Willi Weber's team is confident that it may have turned a corner.

"The final dash, which we had planned for the last three races, started well in Mexico," Weber insisted, "Timo and David Sears' team showed that they can mix it with the frontrunners when everything is perfect, and Timo will want to prove just how good he is on such a demanding circuit as Laguna Seca. He has every chance of signing off in great style."

Scheider has also taken confidence from his performance in Mexico last weekend, and is looking forward to putting the A1GP Lola through its paces at Laguna Seca.

"Owing to the unique concept of the series, with its identical race cars and the 'PowerBoost' function, the race result is always impossible to call," he said, "We fought our way through the field from twelfth on the grid to fourth in Mexico after the team made an excellent pit-stop.

"It goes without saying that I'm fully motivated and want to give the team a race to remember this weekend. Maybe we'll be a little better than last time and finally finish on the podium..."

 

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