Having claimed the A1GP title for all of 24 hours earlier this week when the Laguna Seca race was briefly cancelled, team France will look to wrap up the title proper this weekend in the penultimate round of the season in California.

Nicolas Lapierre returns to the seat for the American races and, with a 32 lead over Team Switzerland is aware of what he needs to do on a circuit he has yet to visit.

"Until now, I've only seen the Laguna Seca track on TV," he said. "But since I have left Monterrey last week I have mentally been thinking of driving around it. It looks like it will be a fun, but physically demanding track as it runs anti-clockwise. In any case I'm feeling very strong and fit and have worked on preparing my neck muscles so it shouldn't be a
problem for us. It's a big weekend for the team and I really want to take the wins and the championship at this race. I'm ready for the challenge."

Team principal Jean-Paul Driot said the team's focus wouldn't change going into the weekend, despite the title being close, with Lapierre out to claim the title in winning style.

"The race in Laguna Seca is a big one for the team," Driot said. "Our plan is the same as ever to go fast and leave everyone else behind us and win the championship. Nicolas
Lapierre is up for the challenge and will not buckle under the pressure. While I'm not travelling to the US for this leg of the championship, I will be in close contact with the engineers by phone and would like to wish the whole team good luck."



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