Graham Rahal returned to the seat of an A1 GP car for the first time since April ahead of a promotional event in Manchester, with a day's testing for Team Lebanon at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.

Although the Atlantics driver races under an American banner when he competes in the Champ Car feeder series, the son of Bobby Rahal also has Lebanese origins, thus making him eligible to drive for the Middle Eastern country.

Indeed, 18-year-old Rahal caused a stir in the three races he competed with the team at the end of the inaugural season, only just missing out on his and the team's first and only point in China by a single position.

Nonetheless, Rahal was getting plenty of mileage under his belt for a possible return when the second season starts in October, joining China and Ireland at the circuit ahead of a larger, more representative test at Silverstone later in the month.

"I enjoyed driving the A1GP car, it's more powerful than my Atlantic car and fairly quick on the brakes too, so it's a different experience for me," he said. "The track was similar to some of the US ones and it's quite short so it's not too difficult.

"There were a couple of corners which were quite challenging and overall I had two good days. Although I was quickest I think it'll be the Silverstone test later this month which will give a true picture of our speed in relation to other teams."



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