A1 Team Great Britain have confirmed that Robbie Kerr, Darren Manning and Oliver Jarvis will be present at the first pre-season test for the forthcoming second A1 Grand Prix Championship that will kick off at Zandvoort on October 1st.

The Silverstone circuit will play host to the test in which all participating teams will be due to take part, even if exact numbers and countries for the new season remain under wraps.

Nonetheless, while Team Great Britain will be returning with Kerr, who's six podium finishes helped them to third in the overall standings, the team has seen several changes since the inaugural season wrapped up in March.

Having criticised their failure to provide the necessary commitment in running the team last year, GP2 squad Arden International have been ditched in favour of the team being brought in-house under the watchful eye of team principal John Surtees. Although some people have been retained, Surtees admits this is something of an unknown step for the team as it this season bids to claim the win that eluded them throughout last season.

"This is obviously the first proper running of A1 Team GBR with a new structure in place. We've retained a few familiar faces who helped take us to third overall in the championship last year while bolstering the team with some welcome new additions."

"I'm excited to have Paul Bellringer step up from Chief Mechanic to Team Manager while we also have Paul Antony as our Driver Development Manager. We're hoping to make some additional announcements very shortly. Those additions, combined with the depth of our driver lineup, will hopefully allow us to fight for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport from the very first race!"

The driver line-up has also seen a shake-up, with Kerr being joined by Manning, the Indy Racing League refugee making a superb return to racing at the season finale in China, claiming a podium on his first outing.

"I think with the changes made to the team and how the car will be engineered this season we have good reason to be optimistic and I can't wait to be driving it again," said Kerr, who is currently racing in the World Series by Renault with KTR. "Our goal is to get that first win having come close last season and go for the World Championship!"

Furthermore, reigning Formula Renault UK Champion and current British Formula Three driver Oliver Jarvis will appear at the test with a look to making an appearance at some point in the season.

However, as last year's second driver Alex Lloyd will testify, a driver rotation system is not customary for some teams meaning Jarvis may not get a racing chance this season. Nonetheless, he admits he is merely looking to prove his mettle against far more experienced drivers.

"Put simply it's another fantastic opportunity for me and this time I have a chance to compare myself against Robbie and Darren as well as the rest of theA1GP pack. Hopefully the test will go well and I'll be in a position to take advantage of any opportunities that arise from it!"



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