Two of Canada's most exciting open-wheel prospects, James Hinchcliffe and Kevin Lacroix, will get a chance to sample A1 Grand Prix power when they test with Team Canada at Pembrey early next week.

Although the team insists that there outing will have no bearing on its driver choice for the second A1GP season, it is being seen as an evaluation designed to allow the 19-year old Hinchcliffe and 17-year old Lacroix to experience the power and performance of the 500bhp Lola-Zytek.

"This is not a shoot-out and there will be no pressure on the drivers to go out and set startling times," team consultant John Surtees confirmed, "This is a 'getting to know you' session. We have brought the drivers along based on their past experience and the ability they have shown in their racing to date. We wanted to do an evaluation in preparation for the official test which takes place in August, and we hope to continue this as a programme, dependent on A1GP and the availability of equipment."

After a shaky start, Team Canada proved to have race-winning calibre in the 2005-06, with Sean McIntosh triumphing in Indonesia before a scheduled hand-over to Champ Car and IRL regular Patrick Carpentier. With no driver plans in place for the coming season, although both McIntosh and Carpentier remain in the frame, Hinchcliffe and Lacroix have a chance to stake their claim.

Hinchcliffe is currently impressing in the Champ Car Atlantic Series, racing as part of the four-car Forsythe Racing squad and capturing his first win in Portland last month to sit fifth in the title chase. Lacroix may be less well-known to the international audience, but has enjoyed success in the Formula BMW USA series in 2005, before graduating to Star Mazda for 2006. Despite missing the opening round of the series, he currently sits sixth in the standings.

 

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