A1 Team Malaysia's aim of nurturing young national talent will continue when it gives Aaron Lim Say Joon and Nik Iruwan Nik Izani the opportunity to taste the A1GP car at a UK test session at the end of the month.

The two 21-year olds will attend the second day of the series' group test at Silverstone over 30-31 August, where they will shadow the team's first year combination of Alex Yoong and Fairuz Fauzy, who will be returning to the car in preparation for a second campaign.

"We need to secure the long-term future of A1 Team Malaysia and use it to bring on new, aspiring racing talent from our homeland," Yoong explained, "The Silverstone test is a good location to let Aaron Lim and Nik Iruwan sample the power and handling of an A1GP car. I'm sure it will be in safe hands with these two talented racers and I think they will enjoy their laps behind the wheel."

Lim started his motor racing career in national karting championships, before contesting international series and, in 2004, representing his country at the Asian Karting Championship in Macau, dominating from the outset, claiming a new lap record, and taking victory by over three seconds. Moving to the scholarship class of the Formula BMW Asia series in 2005, Lim continued to impress and, despite a minimal budget and missing four rounds of racing, he notched up five top five finishes and two third place podiums. This season he continues in the Championship class of the FBMW Asia series.

"One of my goals is to be a driver for A1 Team Malaysia, so this is a very important opportunity for me," he said of the Silverstone outing, "I didn't expect to be driving the car so soon, but I'm really looking forward to it. I've watched the progress of the team since it was launched and it will be a privilege to be part of the team for a day at the end of August."

Iruwan also started his career in karting and, after ten years of successful competition, was awarded a scholarship for FBMW Asia in 2004. He scored numerous top six finishes, and took second place at the Chinese Grand Prix meeting. He moved to Europe in 2005 to try out at the prestigious La Filiere FFSA Racing School in France.

"The A1GP car will be the most powerful racing car I've ever driven, so that's exciting," he said, "With its paddleshift gears and advanced technology braking system, I'm sure it'll be a completely new experience. The whole day, working with the team, Alex and highly professional engineers, will also be a very good learning opportunity for me."

 

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